Low-income families and people of color often struggle to find safe neighborhoods to live in due to high housing costs and discrimination. These challenges lead to economically segregated neighborhoods that suffer from neglect, inadequate services, and high levels of crime, which prevents residents from moving out of poverty.
This resource highlights six strategies and practical steps faith-based organizations can take when helping their communities prevent and heal from the effects of the opioid crisis. These strategies include opening doors and offering space for recovery programs and support groups, as well as increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and encouraging compassion through understanding of the condition. Additionally, building and restoring community capacity and the presence of faith-based organizations at the table are key.
Self-regulation skills, which research suggests are important for goal setting, help individuals achieve employment goals. In this report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the self-regulation skills that have an impact on employment are discussed, as well as the ways in which environmental factors like poverty can hurt development of these skills.
This searchable database of WIOA-related activities from the National Conference of State Legislatures includes legislation enacted in state legislatures during the 2015 session. Issues related to WIOA implementation include sector strategies, career pathways, adult education, career and job training, work-based learning, pay for performance initiatives, state plan issues, and general workforce legislation.
This brief from the Education Commission of the States examines how to increase coordination between community colleges and local workforce boards under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It specifically discusses how states can utilize federal investments to improve these partnerships.
This website, created by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, consists of open source educational resources to train adults for occupations in 16 high-demand fields such as manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology.
On September 23, 2016, Mississippi held its first state data summit, “Advancing the Use of Data for a Bright Mississippi Future.” The focus of the summit was how state policymakers can use cross-program data tools to better align workforce and education programs with employer needs and help people advance their careers. This blog post from the National Skills Coalition recaps the event.
The WIOA Peer Learning Groups (PLGs) from WorkforceGPS are collaborative learning communities that involve individuals working together in groups to discuss key WIOA implementation concepts, share promising practices and find solutions to challenges. WIOA PLGs will convene via telephone (or virtually if appropriate) for 4-5 one-hour long calls from May through September 2016. Each PLG will be led by a trained SME and facilitator and will highlight one or two expert practitioners.
Webinar / Webcast
The National Skills Coalition and the Workforce Data Quality Campaign hosted this webinar on May 26, 2016. It provided an overview of apprenticeships in the United States and the current state of apprenticeship data. The webinar also showcased how North Carolina is using this information to advance its research, and empower its workers and employers.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently launched WorkforceGPS, an interactive online communication and learning technical assistance platform. Users will find resources, learning opportunities, and space to connect with peers on topics of mutual interest. WorkforceGPS replaces Workforce3One.