National Association of Workforce Boards – The Road to Sector Success

“An increasing number of workforce boards are using sectoral strategies to strengthen their outreach to the business community in their area and to build stronger links with regional economic development efforts. Success among workforce boards using this strategy points to lessons learned that can be used by other boards considering a sector approach. This guide […]

Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative – Sector Strategies in Brief

“This publication is designed to provide a concise overview of the elements and outcomes associated with sector work. Created as a companion to Sectoral Strategies for Low-Income Workers: Lessons from the Field, the piece includes a concise definition of the sector strategy, key outcomes achieved by sector program participants and examples of several innovative sector […]

Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity: Feb. 2013, Milken Institute

“What region wouldn’t want to be the next Silicon Valley or Research Triangle? It’s not an impossible goal with the right policies and investments in higher education. While it’s intuitive that an educated population, good jobs, and prosperity go hand-in-hand, this study proves the strong relationship between educational attainment and a region’s economic performance. The […]

Characteristics of a High Performing Industry Partnership: The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

  “The National Fund defines an industry partnership as a dynamic collaboration of a regional group of employers— typically from a particular industry sector, but sometimes from multiple sectors or based around a set of occupations—who convene regularly with the assistance of a workforce intermediary. Employer members discuss their shared human-resources issues, exchange information about […]

Learning Works: The Ones that Got Away: Why Completing a College Degree Is Not the Only Way to Succeed, Sept. 29, 2014

“Recent research on the California community college system has revealed that workforce training programs yield some of the highest earnings for community college students, regardless of whether those students complete a degree or college certificate. Still, most conversations about community college success are limited to whether students graduate. An exclusive focus on degree completion does […]