Senate Appropriations Committee advances Labor-HHS bill with increased funding for apprenticeship and adult basic education

New Massachusetts and Missouri state fact sheets: Immigrants can help meet demand for middle-skill workers

NSC staff connect the dots between adult education policy levers & real-life successes at COABE

Maryland uses nearly $1 million in WIOA discretionary funds to support career pathways via co-enrollment

Trump Takes Another Swipe at Community Colleges

New Indiana and Washington state fact sheets: immigrants can help meet demand for middle-skill workers

New data shows sizeable education, workforce payoff of investing in immigrant Dreamers

Michigan Breaks New Ground in Workforce Services for New Americans

How Language Learning Translates to Food Safety

Immigrant Dreamers play crucial role in economy

Adult Education is Crucial to Filling the Skills Gap

Service Sector Basic Skills Gap in US – 62% of workers have limited literacy skills, and an even higher 74% have limited numeracy skills.

New project will help states align adult education/workforce systems, equipping adults to build skills and achieve economic mobility

NSC kicks off Welcoming Week with UnidosUS affiliates

New Texas and Arkansas Fact Sheets: Immigrants Can Help Meet Demand for Middle-Skill Workers

New Maryland policy will encourage better coordination between WIOA Title I and Title II

President Trump Executive Order Calls for Apprenticeship Expansion, directs federal agencies to propose elimination of “ineffective” workforce training programs

NSC’s Congressional briefing highlights effective adult education and upskilling policies

Maine introduces legislation to support and integrate immigrant workforce

California uses $2.5 million in WIOA discretionary funds to support “Workforce Navigation” for immigrants

Upcoming webinar will explore WIOA’s role in supporting corrections and re-entry services

Adult Education Advocacy: Bringing the Practitioner Voice to Policy Conversations

Calif. Board proposes best practices for state system

New Fact Sheet: The Business Case for Investing in Upskilling

New York state funds “community navigators” project for low-income immigrants

NSC’s new report explores role of skill-building for service-sector workers

DOL issues new guidance on serving immigrants

Is ‘Brain Waste’ Costing New Jersey Billions Every Year?

Prepare people for 'middle skill' jobs

New data highlights importance of English classes for immigrant workers in Massachusetts

NSC staff join 300 advocates to talk immigrant skill building in Philadelphia

Celebrating #AEFLWeek with a New Fact Sheet on Adult Education & Middle-Skill Jobs

As Welcoming Week begins, a fresh look at adult education and immigrant integration

New Fact Sheet: Adult Educators & Local WIOA Planning

Training, skills gap in media spotlight as economy becomes focus of election

NSC staff participated in adult English learners and workforce convening

Sector Partnerships and Microcredentials Critical to Reducing Unemployment

New fact sheets: Immigrants can help meet demand for middle-skill workers in Arizona, California

NSC’s new report showcases model immigrant skill-building programs

New white paper highlights intersection of technology with literacy and workforce services

Ready to work: Seattle creates new on-ramp for immigrant English learners

New analysis illustrates frontline workers’ skill gaps & pursuit of learning

Blending employer & worker investments to foster upskilling

Major themes at NCLR workforce forum: policy advocacy & community-based connectors

Talking policy with adult education practitioners: NSC and the COABE conference

CMT Empowering Education Enlists Courtney Cole as Ambassador

National Skills Coalition is mentioned as an advising partner for the CMT Empowering Education program

New York’s DACA initiative for immigrants affirms importance of adult education

Building skills in the retail sector

Outdated Pell rules may discriminate against low-income students

Skill-building in a community setting

Governors propose workforce initiatives - Part 2

Legislators focus on workforce training in technical careers

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

CTE programs help keep state's talent pipeline filled

Op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel citing NSC study on middle-skills gap in Wisconsin.

Here’s an approach executives can use to tackle our ‘middle-skill’ jobs deficit

Op-ed in the Dorchester Reporter referencing NSC middle-skills study in Massachusetts.

N.J. college tackling training gap for 'middle-skill' jobs

Article in referencing NSC study on middle-skills gap in New Jersey.

New initiative to tackle the youth unemployment crisis

How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue collar workers

NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports on how Oregon is ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields.

'Pre-Apprentice' Programs Can Break Open Jobs for Women

Op-ed in Womens e-news on apprenticeship, written by NSC Federal Policy Analyst, Katie Spiker

California program connects day laborers to community college

Fuel for our economic engine

Op-ed in the Daily Press referencing NSC's middle-skill jobs report. Highlights employers apprenticeships efforts.

Creating career pathways for adult literacy: A Q&A with Patti Donnelly

Patti Donnelly, executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, speaks with NSC about the need for policymakers to address the current void of career pathways for adult literacy and English language learning.

NSC partner Literacy Cooperative celebrates International Literacy Day

NSC partner Bob Paponetti, executive director of The Literacy Cooperative, shares some highlights from the International Literacy Day celebration in Cleveland, Ohio.

NSC summer tour: Workforce innovation across the United States

National Skills Coalition has taken to the road this summer. Our staff got to see firsthand how the issue areas we have been working on are progressing in different states, and to meet people who have been tirelessly engaging in these efforts.

Aligned by design: New WIOA webinar series

Aligned by Design is a series of webinars that will explore how states can proactively use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act planning process to align key human capital investments to produce better outcomes for individuals and local economies

DOL announces $34 million in innovation grants

This week, the Department of Labor announced $34 million in competitive grant funding available through the Workforce Innovation Fund, which supports innovative employment and training approaches.

Learning middle-skills to snag living wages

NSC board member and president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino Juan Salgado featured in Chicago Tribune. Instituto prepares immigrants for middle-skill jobs that workforce industry leaders say are key to Chicago's economic recovery.

New White House report marks important step forward for immigration and skills

The White House Task Force on New Americans released a new report, Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration.

Key issues raised by the WIOA NPRMs

Last week, DOL and ED released draft regulations governing WIOA implementation and administration. NSC has conducted an initial scan of the regulations and identified a set of key issues for further discussion and analysis.

New funding opportunities & webinar: Health Profession Opportunity Grants

Two recent federal announcements provide an opportunity for organizations to invest in the skills of low-income individuals. DOE will present findings from an international assessment of basic skills and discuss promising emerging instructional models.

How to close O.C. skills gap

Op-ed by NSC partner Alicia Berhow, VP of Workforce Development and Advocacy with the Orange County Business Council. Calls on policymakers to fully fund WIOA so it includes CTE, adult education, and modernization of Pell Grants.

Draft WIOA regulations posted

Five proposed rules governing implementation and administration of the WIOA have been posted on the Federal Register website. NSC will post an initial analysis of the regulations in the coming days, and will provide formal comments to the agencies.

Washington Update: Budget Edition

Check out this month’s Washington Update for an in-depth analysis of key workforce and education funding requests in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request and details on new guidance from DOL on WIOA implementation.

New report flags opportunity to act collectively on skills

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education highlights the opportunity created by three coinciding developments in the adult education and workforce fields.

Skills investments featured in governors’ budget proposals

Several governors have proposed investments in skills strategies as part of their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Report on 2015 NSC Skills Summit

From February 8-10th, 200 individuals representing business, labor, community based organizations, community colleges, and the public workforce system traveled to DC from 30 states to take part in NSC’s thirteenth annual Skills Summit.

NSC provides recommendations to the White House Task Force on New Americans

NSC provided more than a dozen recommendations to the White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency group created by Presidential Memorandum in November 2014.

Where Have All the Construction Workers Gone?

CEO Andy Van Kleunen explains to the Atlantic the federal funds and opportunities that are available to dislocated workers, especially those put out of work because of trade deals.

High-School Equivalency Degree Loses its Dominant Position

CEO Andy Van Kleunen explains in the Wall Street Journal that rather than focusing on standalone tests, a better approach to helping people get jobs is to combine training in basic skills with vocational programs.

Leadership Spotlight: Brenda Dann-Messier

New NSC board member and former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier shares recommendations for keeping workforce development in the national spotlight and the importance of building partnerships and alliances.

113th Congress Comes to a Close

On December 16, the Senate adjourned for the year, marking the end of the 113th Congress. The past two years has been a period of major progress and sizable challenges for the workforce development field. Read NSC's write-up of the Congressional session.

Analysis: What the 2014 Elections Mean for Skills

Associate Director Rachel Unruh on how the recent election results are likely to impact workforce development at both the state and federal level.

Lessons on Integrating Immigrant Workers into the Economy

Senior Fellow Flavia Jimenez sheds light on labor force demographic trends, the needs for funding in ESL and Adult Basic Education, and opportunities that can be created through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

NSC Releases Analysis of White House Plan

NSC releases analysis of White House’s job-driven training action plan following Vice President Biden’s review of federal job-training programs.

NSC Hosts Congressional Briefing: Building Ladders of Opportunity for Minority Communities

NSC hosted a Tri-Caucus briefing with Congressman Tony Cárdenas and Congresswoman Judy Chu to discuss the need for greater access to quality basic skills training, particularly within minority communities.

New Americans can succeed

Guest blog post by Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, Illinois, following the introduction of the "New American Success Act."

NSC responds to career pathways request

NSC recently submitted comments to the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services on career pathways approaches for the delivery of education, training and employment, and human services.

Agencies request career pathways information.

The Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services jointly released a Request for Information seeking information on career pathways approaches for the delivery of education, training and employment, and human services.

New OECD Report: U.S. Must Raise Basic Skills.

A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) finds that 36 million U.S. adults have low basic skills and warns the U.S. is losing ground internationally.

U.S. lags in basic skills.

New report shows that the U.S. is lagging behind other developed nations in literacy, math and problem-solving skills.

NSC submits higher ed recommendations.

Last week, National Skills Coalition submitted a list of recommendations for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to the House Committee on Education & the Workforce.

Pathways Back to Work introduced.

Rep. George Miller introduced the Pathways Back to Work Act of 2013, legislation to support immediate employment and training activities for unemployed and low-income individuals. Sen. Blumenthal introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

Senate Appropriations marks up Labor-H.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 16-14 the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Senate sets 2014 labor and ed spending levels.

The Senate Appropriations Committee adopted funding allocations for each of the twelve fiscal year 2014 appropriations bills, including the bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Keynote addresses ABE, immigration reform.

NSC Associate Director Rachel Unruh gave the keynote speech at the CASAS Summer Institute which focused on transitioning adult basic education students to postsecondary programs and careers.

President's budget invests in skills.

President Obama today released his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposal. The President’s budget would roll back the harmful sequester, and make new investments in skills. National Skills Coalition has prepared a preliminary analysis.

The Basic Skills Crisis: A Barrier to Answering the President’s Postsecondary Call to Action

Associate Director Rachel Unruh calls on President Obama to put meaningful workforce development and adult basic education investments and policy on the table, andto back them up with political will.

NSC releases analyses of HR 4297.

House Republicans introduced the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012, which essentially combines three individual previously released WIA reauthorization bills. NSC prepared analysis of the bill.