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Career Pathways: More Innovation in Action

Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Initiative Releases Roadmap to Success Plan and Launches New Web Site

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Posted On: 6/23/2015 4:18 PM

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Career Pathways Innovation: Wisconsin

As support for the expansion of career pathways systems continues to gain momentum among key Federal agencies and stakeholders (see joint letter), several states are emerging as innovative leaders in this policy area.  Arkansas, Washington, Kentucky, Kansas, and Maryland have each created ground-breaking career pathways initiatives, forming long-term strategies to connect low-skilled workers to education and training options that provide marketable credentials and result in good jobs.

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Posted On: 6/23/2015 4:08 PM

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San Francisco Workforce Innovation CoLab

Partners on San Francisco’s Workforce Innovation Fund grant are bringing together innovative thinkers to build a more agile workforce development system in San Francisco, a system that encourages experimentation and collaboration grounded in customer-centered design, real-time data and user feedback. The project enlists strategic industry partners to design, develop, deploy, and evaluate workforce tools with speed and agility.

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Posted On: 8/2/2015 6:52 PM

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Workforce Innovation Fund Grants and Pay for Success Pilots Announced!

US Labor Department awards nearly $147 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants Also Announces 'Pay for Success' funding opportunities Grants will support, enhance and evaluate innovative employment and training opportunities

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Posted On: 6/24/2015 1:15 PM

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Illinois' ATIM System Provides Essential Tools and Data for Career Pathways Success

The Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM*) website and system provides a comprehensive platform and framework for outreach and engagement of individuals and job seekers.

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Posted On: 7/15/2015 5:45 PM

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Metro-Atlanta LWIA Project to Aid the Long-Term Unemployed

The Metro-Atlanta LWIA Project to Aid the Long-Term Unemployed aims to decrease the discrimination that the long-term unemployed often face by employers that prefer to hire employed or recently employed workers. Five Atlanta-area WIA programs have partnered with Manpower in this effort.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 1:39 PM

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Online Course: Developing Effective Bridge Programs

Are you a teacher beginning to develop a bridge program for your adult education learners? Developing Effective Bridge Programs can help you develop and implement effective Adult Career Pathways Bridge Programs designed to help your adult learners master the basic skills they need to advance to the next level of education, training, or entry-level employment in career fields that are in local or regional demand.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 7:38 PM

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US Labor Department awards nearly $147 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants

ETA News Release: 06/14/2012 Contact Name: Jason Kuruvilla or Dave Roberts Phone Number: (202) 693-6587 or x5945 Release Number: 12-1237-NAT Grants will support, enhance and evaluate innovative employment and training opportunities

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Posted On: 8/7/2015 6:45 PM

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US Labor Department Awards Nearly $24 Million In Pay For Success Grants

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor announced nearly $24 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants to pilot the Pay for Success program, a new model of financing social service programs to help federal, state and local governments ensure that public funds only go to programs that achieve positive, measurable outcomes.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 8:13 PM

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Promise Neighborhoods: Coverage of Los Angeles Implementation Grant (Youth Policy Institute)

The Workforce Investment Board s of the City and County of Los Angeles have partnered in a pioneering effort to align multiple youth-serving programs, initiatives, services, and resources to address significant youth dropout and youth unemployment challenges in the Los Angeles (LA) area.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 3:53 PM

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Adult Career Pathways Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education LINCS is adding the opportunity for professional development for its members in the form of a series of optional online courses developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s initiative Adult Career Pathways.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 7:20 PM

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The Career Pathways Initiative

Last week, a joint letter of support for the career pathways strategy was issued from the Assistant Secretaries of the Employment and Training Administration, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (formerly the Office of Vocational and Adult Education), and the Administration for Children and Families. 

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Posted On: 8/1/2015 2:59 PM

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GETTING TO RESULTS BY INVESTING FOR IMPACT: A PANEL DISCUSSION

On November 5, the Center for American Progress hosted a conversation about the expanding field of social impact investing.  Given severe fiscal constraints, governments are seeking more innovative approaches to delivering better services and getting better outcomes. The field of social impact investing has emerged as a way to forge public-private partnerships in pursuit of shared social goals in areas like community redevelopment, housing, clean energy, and preventive social services.

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Posted On: 8/2/2015 5:27 PM

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Building a Smarter, More Efficient Government through "Pay for Success"

This  entry was originally posted on the whitehouse.gov/blog on 11/20/2013 at 10:15 AM EST by Jonathan Greenblatt is Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council.

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Posted On: 7/15/2015 4:09 PM

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Continued Success for StartUp Quest

StartUp Quest provides innovative entrepreneurial training to unemployed and underemployed degreed individuals in eight workforce regions across Florida.

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Posted On: 7/14/2015 3:33 PM

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Pay For Success

What is Pay for Success? The Pay for Success (PFS) model is a new way of financing social services to help governments target limited dollars to achieve a positive, measurable outcome. Under the Pay for Success model, a government agency commits funds to pay for a specific outcome that is achieved within a given timeframe. The financial capital to cover the operating costs of achieving the outcome is provided by independent investors.

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Posted On: 8/1/2015 4:08 PM

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Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance recently launched Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative.

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Posted On: 7/15/2015 4:53 PM

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Joyce Foundation Digital Learning Grants

At a White House summit to expand college opportunity, the Joyce Foundation will announce a new $1.4 million investment in digital tools for adult learners. The investment represents a new focus for the Employment Program as we explore the potential educational technologies have to teach underprepared adults successfully, quickly and at a lower cost than current skills training programs and technologies allow.

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Posted On: 7/15/2015 7:11 PM

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Workforce Innovation Fund Evaluation

The Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) funded by the Department of Labor is part of a broader Federal effort to bring evidence-based improvements to the current delivery systems and to contribute to the knowledge base for that evidence through rigorous evaluation.

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Posted On: 6/30/2015 3:30 PM

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Two WIF Grantees Highlighted at OMB's Collaborative Forum Meeting

On January 17, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Collaborative Forum highlighted two Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) Grantees as examples of collaborative, evidence-based change: the City of Los Angeles (LA), and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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Posted On: 8/1/2015 6:43 PM

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Ohio Workforce Initiative Association's Business Resource Network (BRN) Expansion Project

The Ohio Workforce Initiative Association's Business Resource Network (BRN) Expansion project seeks to provide strong evidence that by focusing on the needs of business, the workforce system will be better able to assist individuals served.

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Posted On: 8/2/2015 5:07 PM

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WIF Grantees Building Career Pathways

The Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) is supporting the establishment of Career Pathways models in states and local communities across the country.  In fact, 16 of the 26 funded WIF grants plan to build pathways to employment as part of their grant.  So what are Career Pathways, and why the focus on building them?

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Posted On: 7/10/2015 5:06 PM

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The ""New App for Making It In America"" Project

Apprenticeships have a long and successful history in providing training and career advancement opportunities for workers in the manufacturing sector. The model supports employers by including customized training that matches company needs while it allows employees to earn a salary while learning on-the-job. This traditional model, however, was designed for a type of manufacturing firm that is no longer universal. Apprenticeship programs must now evolve to meet the needs of new manufacturers.

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Posted On: 8/1/2015 9:04 PM

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ODJFS WIF Grantee: Taking Service Delivery into the Virtual Age

With dwindling resources and an increasing demand for services, the team at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) knew their public workforce system's traditional service delivery model had to change.  And, by strategically using the latest available technology, that change could actually streamline and expand access to employment and training services across the state of Ohio.

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Posted On: 7/13/2015 4:57 PM

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Electronic Ohio Means Jobs (eOMJ) is Live!

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) received a Workforce Innovation Fund grant to virtualize services for job seekers and employers through its new eOMJ system. 

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Posted On: 8/2/2015 6:08 PM

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Project GROW

In 2012, the Border Workforce Alliance, a consortium of the five workforce boards located along the Texas/Mexico border, was awarded a Workforce Innovation Grant by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The purpose of the initiative is to align and strengthen workforce system components to accelerate credential attainment and career entry by lower-skilled adults by:

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Posted On: 8/1/2015 9:16 PM

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Data-Based Decision Making

During the Workforce Innovation Fund grantee meeting in Washington D.C., grantees participated in facilitated peer learning sessions that explored the way different grantees are addressing common themes like systems change and employer engagement. This interactive, grantee-driven format provided the opportunity to explore an important question: what does data-based decision making mean in the context of the Workforce Innovation Fund?

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Posted On: 8/3/2015 7:37 PM

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Move Over, MOOCs - Competency-Based Education Takes Center Stage as ‘Next Big Thing’

To higher education policymakers and analysts, competency-based education is the latest big thing, commanding attention from federal agencies and leading foundations and even from the White House.

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Posted On: 7/23/2015 3:08 PM

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WIF Grantees Pilot ETA’s First-Ever MOOC on Leading Change!

In April 2016, the Workforce Innovation Fund Technical Assistance Team launched a new training course to expand the WIF community’s capacity for implementing and leading change initiatives with an exciting new learning format. 

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Posted On: 4/26/2016 9:36 AM

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2016 Workforce Innovation Fund Grantee Meeting

October 20 - 21, 2016 (*Pending Approval) Please plan to join your fellow Workforce Innovation Fund grantees for peer learning, networking, and discovery at the 2016 Grantee Meeting! There will be plenty of opportunity to explore strategies that work, solve the challenges you face, and collaborate and learn from your peers, all to help make your project a big success!

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Posted On: 5/12/2016 12:32 PM