Updated Perkins Act Places Greater Emphasis on Work-Based Learning

House Democrats introduce HEA legislation that would extend Pell grants to short-term programs and increase data transparency

Kermit Kaleba on the Skilled Worker Shortage

How Higher Ed Would Fare in Congress's Spending Proposals

Trump’s Proposed Merger of Labor, Education Raises Questions

Senate Subcommittee moves forward bipartisan spending bill to fund workforce and education programs

Senate Jump-Starts Process for New Career-Education Law

Senate introduces highly anticipated Perkins Act legislation

An 'Education and the Workforce' Agency?

Administration reorganization would eliminate critical workforce and education programs and expand ineffective work requirements

With tight subcommittee allocation, House Labor-HHS bill includes cuts to workforce programs coupled with boost for CTE

National Skills Coalition offers Perkins Act recommendations to Senate HELP Committee, prior to markup

Career Training Groups Encouraged by Trump Pick for CTE Job

Bipartisan Talks Begin on Stalled Technical Education Bill

Gov. of Iowa calls for expansion of Pell grants to short term certificates

Staying ahead of the robot apocalypse

Trump Takes Another Swipe at Community Colleges

Brindisi backs bid to strengthen CTE programs

Congress must support businesses, says senator

NSC calls for the modernization of the federal Pell grant program in new publication

The U.S. needs to do a better job training its workers. Here's how

Expanding grants to short-term programs would pay big dividends.

White House budget promotes some workforce priorities, but includes drastic cuts to key programs

Trump criticized for remarks on community colleges

Less Community, More Vocational

Why Are Women Still Choosing the Lowest-Paying Jobs?

A greater focus on vocational training in W.Va. is a good thing

Technology Is Changing the Manufacturing Workforce

Advanced technology in plants calls for more skilled technicians and less manual labor.

Head wants a governor's school for career and technical education

Loan Limits, Regulatory Rollback in New Higher Education Bill

Is DeVos Devaluing Degrees?

GRIT Program Aims To Bring More Montana Women Into Trade Industries

Rethinking the Mission: Community Colleges and Workforce Education

Calif. uses Perkins funds to create ‘ecosystem of intrapreneurs’

Credentials offer path to the middle class

An Educational ‘Booster Shot’ for America’s Labor Force

Credentials offer a path to the middle class

Help wanted: auto technicians in demand, but jobs are going unfilled due to skills gap

Helping Career Education Become a First Choice

California’s community colleges seek to rebrand career and technical education amid a broad state push that includes $200 million more in annual funding.

Microsoft’s $25.8M gift to help expand Skillful job training program

Briefing on infrastructure illuminates the need for skills

House Approves Skills-Focused Workforce Readiness Bill

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

Nebraska to get new $2.7M technical education center

Trump FY 2018 Budget Slashes Funding for Key Workforce, Education, Human Services Programs

A hands-on view of education

House Education and Workforce Committee approves Perkins reauthorization

What Will It Take To Bring Back Domestic Manufacturing Jobs?

NSC board member Scott Paul talks about the need for vocational training for new manufacturing jobs on NPR Morning Edition.

Community College is Best Bet for Most Students

Senators introduce JOBS Act

Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

Career Training for Job Growth

Georgia Business Owners are Meeting with Congress, Trump Admin Next Week

Workers in training programs should also have access to federal education grants

Prepare people for 'middle skill' jobs

Trump aside, Ford and other automakers have already moved to Mexico

U.S. Department of Labor announces America’s Promise Grants

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

Skills training is having a moment

Leadership Spotlight: Emily Price

Sector Partnerships and Microcredentials Critical to Reducing Unemployment

House committee unanimously approves Perkins reauthorization

National Skills Coalition submits recommendations on House Perkins reauthorization

House Committee Releases Perkins Career and Technical Education Act Reauthorization Bill

California appropriates $200 million for a strong workforce

3 Elements of Deeper Project-Based Learning

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

New Vision Puts Career Technical Education at the Front of Educational Reform

Transforming Education for All Learners through Career Technical Education

NSC joins other national organizations to release new vision for CTE

We Should Put Our Money Where the Jobs Are

We Should Put Our Money Where the Jobs Are

We Should Put Our Money Where the Jobs Are

Portman introduces bill to strengthen career & technical education

On March 17, three U.S. Senators introduced the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience by making courses more relevant to students’ future careers.

U.S. senators call for increased workforce funding

Federal agencies release final requirements for WIOA unified, combined plans

Outdated Pell rules may discriminate against low-income students

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

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

Business and community colleges united for job-driven training

It's the first-ever Apprenticeship Week!

New Department of Education pilot program would extend eligibility for federal student aid to students in short-term training programs

White House announces American Apprenticeship awardees

The Department of Labor announced the 46 recipients of the American Apprenticeship grants. The $175 million in grants are part of the Administration’s efforts to double the number of apprenticeships in the country.

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

The secret behind hotel workers making $19 an hour in Boston

NSC partner Marie Downey, executive director of BEST Corp., featured in National Journal. Bes Corp., prepares low-skill workers for higher-paying jobs in the hotel industry.

Community college task force emphasizes job creation

NSC board member and vice chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development at the California Community Colleges Van Ton-Quinlivan quoted in Desert Sun article on California's growing demand for more middle-skill workers.

UpSkilling America: How industry partnerships can improve our community

In an op-ed by in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, NSC partner and director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District council John Gaal discusses the importance of its Building Union Diversity (BUD) program.

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.

Lawmakers Highlight Vo-Tech Education At Bergen County Technical High School

New Jersey's middle-skill gap, as indicated by data from National Skills Coalition, demonstrates the importance of vocational career programs that develop the skills and knowledget hat lead to good-paying jobs.

BLU employer profile: Mike Kenig

Business Leaders United Director Scott Ellsworth had the opportunity to speak with Mike Kenig on the importance pf developing a more robust workforce system in Georgia.

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.

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.

President Obama’s 2016 Budget Invests in Skills

On February 2, President Obama unveiled his FY 2016 budget request, outlining the Administration’s spending priorities for federal programs. The budget proposes new investments in education and training, and enhanced support for existing programs.

NSC Responds to State of the Union Education & Training Proposals

Building on proposals announced on January 9, President Obama promoted new initiatives to increase access to middle-skill credentials in his State of the Union address. Andy Van Kleunen issued the following statement in response to tonight’s speech.

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.

NSC and Key Labor Partners Attend AFL-CIO and AFT Summit on Career and Technical Education

On November 13, NSC and numerous key labor partners attended a summit co-hosted by AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers on the role of career and technical education (CTE) in preparing students for jobs in the 21st century economy.

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.

Associate Director Praises CA-Based Training Program in NYT

Rachel Unruh quoted in the NYT praising CA-based EMS Corps for its sectoral-focused employment training to prepare young men of color for careers as medical professionals.

Cárdenas introduces bipartisan, bicameral manufacturing job creation bill

Senior Federal Policy Analyst Angela Hanks comments on Manufacturing Skills Act in press release by Rep. Tony Cardenas.

A Chance to Go From Hard Lives to Healing

Associate Director Rachel Unruh quoted in the NYT praising CA-based EMS Corps for its use of sector partnerships to prepare young men of color for careers as medical professionals.

Perkins Bill Introduced

Several members of Congress have introduced bills that would amend portions of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, including provisions on data collection and labor market alignment.

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.

NSC releases Perkins Act issue brief.

In February, National Skills Coalition released an issue brief on reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.

NSC releases sequester analysis.

National Skills Coalition released an issue brief detailing the impact of the sequester on federal workforce development programs.