Building skills in the retail sector

Legislators focus on workforce training in technical careers

Article in Work It, Lynchburg about skills gap in Virginia referencing NSC middle-skills jobs report.

Building programs and initiatives to develop a skilled and educated workforce - a Q & A with Alex Johnson

Latest edition of "The Book of the States" includes an article by NSC’s Bryan Wilson entitled “Closing Skills Gaps”

House and Senate pass continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11

Today, Congress passed a Fiscal Year (FY) Continuing Resolution (CR), funding the government at current year levels through December 11, 2015.

White House releases progress update on job-driven training and apprenticeships

The White House update details the Administration’s work over the past year to increase the number of Americans trained to meet employer needs.

College Scorecard Reveals Earnings Data

Prioritizing business engagement in Rhode Island: A Q&A with Rick Brooks

Rick Brooks, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board, speaks with NSC about the state’s efforts to engage businesses in workforce development efforts, and how NSC and WDQC help track the impact of their investment.

NSC highlights skills policies adopted in states’ 2015 legislative sessions

As highlighted in NSC’s 2015 state legislative round-up, states increased access to career pathways and set policies to support job-driven training. They also took steps to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Op-ed: L.A., San Francisco Skills Gap Hinders California's Recovery

NSC board member Van Ton-Quinlivan and Chauncy Lennon, Managing Director of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase, a philanthropic partner of NSC, highlight the demand for people to fill middle-skill jobs in California in an op-ed in U.S. News.

Skills strategies included in more governors’ budget proposals

NSC’s state policy team reviews the latest budget proposals that address strategies to close the skill gap, such as sector partnerships, career pathways, and job-driven training.

Ky. expands program giving student credit for skilled jobs

NSC's middle-skill fact sheet referenced in Washington Times article on Kentucky's program expansion that enables more students to earn college credit while working at manufacturing facilities.

Commerce Seeks National Partner in New Regional Partnership Program

Last month, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced a federal funding opportunity for a national partner to help lead its new Accelerating Industry-Led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development program.

National Skills Coalition Releases Recommendations for WIOA State Plans

Realizing Innovation and Opportunity in WIOA: A Playbook for Creating Effective State Plans provides recommendations on how states can use their WIOA state plan to establish strategies that close the skill gap and help workers and businesses succeed.

USA Today Shines Spotlight on Middle-Skill Jobs

USA Today calls attention to the notable and growing demand for middle-skill jobs in the US through an interactive, multi-media feature. Exec. Director Andy Van Kleunen was quoted on the need for students to receive better info about career planning.

Mid-Skill Jobs Lacking Employees in New Mexico

Albuquerque Business First features NSC's updated and re-released middle-skill fact sheets.

Targeting Our Middle-Skill Economy: State by State Snapshots

New NSC fact sheets show that demand for middle-skill jobs is strong in the 50 states and DC. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market.

NSC Expands Coalition Base in Nevada

National Skills Coalition has launched an intensive organizing effort in Nevada to show how investments in education and training provide a way back into the state's labor market for many unemployed workers.

Skills on the Campaign Trail in the States

NSC members are working hard to assess how investing in workers and industries fit into gubernatorial candidates’ larger education and economic development proposals.

VA Governor Issues Middle-Skills Workforce Initiative

The initiative’s focus on middle-skill jobs is a smart way to target investments to get more people into work.

McAuliffe Unveils Workforce Development and Education Plan to Beef Up Economy

Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen quoted in Washington Post article on VA Gov. McAuliffe's “New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative”.

National Governors Association's Chair Releases Education and Training Action Guide

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin releases "Action Guide for Governors" to increase workforce skills and strengthen state economies.

States adopt new policies to close the skills gap

In 2014, states enacted legislation to close the skills gap by increasing access to career pathways, investing in job-driven training and sector partnerships, and setting policies to coordinate activities and collect outcome data.

California Proposes $50 million Increase for CTE

California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a revised state budget that includes a $50 million enhancement for postsecondary career and technical education.

Colorado passes the Adult Education Act

Colorado’s Adult Education and Literacy Act is heading to Governor John Hickenlooper for his signature making Colorado the last state to pass legislation providing state funding for adult basic education.

Out of Work? States Offer Help in Your Job Search

Several states expanding apprenticeships.

Several governors, state legislators and gubernatorial candidates are proposing new efforts to expand apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning.

Governors propose new workforce initiatives.

Over a dozen governors have announced new legislative and budget proposals to support workforce development efforts in their state.

New kind of charter pitched by mayor

A 2010 report by the National Skills Coalition noted that 54 percent of all Indiana jobs require mid-level skills - like those earned in one-year and two-year postsecondary programs. But only 47 percent of Hoosiers have such qualifications.

‘Middle-skill Jobs’ Shortage: Education Is the Answer

Indiana’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs 2013: an Updated Look at Employment and Education Patterns in Indiana

New funding in IA for adult learners.

Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad signs legislation to provide $10.5 million in state funding for adult basic education, career pathways, and sector partnerships.

Maryland investing $4.5M in workforce and skills.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed legislation to create jobs and expand opportunity for more Marylanders.

IA Senate approves ed and workforce funds.

With bipartisan support, the Iowa Senate has passed an appropriations bill that will make a $13.5 million investment in the skills of Iowans and help close the skills gaps.

Ohio Coalition Talks Sectors at Lobby Day.

On March 20, the Ohio Workforce Coalition held a lobby day at the State Capitol to educate state lawmakers on the power that sector or industry partnerships have on closing skill gaps and equipping workers with skilled credentials required by industries.

Iowa S2C policy agenda off to a strong start.

The Iowa legislature has recently held a legislative hearing on adult literacy and the introduced legislation to support adult basic education, career pathway programs, pathway navigators, and regional industry sector partnerships.

Governors take the lead on workforce.

In the first few weeks of their state’s legislative sessions, three east coast Governors have taken the lead with significant state investment supporting employer led workforce solutions.

MA gets closer to workforce funding win.

This past week, Massachusetts got one step closer to aligning labor market information, pathways and bridge programs, and regional sector-based solutions to address the middle-skills gap in the state.