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 […]

2016 Snapshot: Linked Learning in Motion

“Linked Learning is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. It prepares students to graduate from high school ready for college, and with skills needed to thrive in the workplace.” Check out the interactive report.  About James Irvine Foundation 

Small Business Majority: Engaging Small Business Owners With Work-Based Learning Opportunities

“Small Business Majority held a series of roundtables with small business owners and educators, youth development agencies and workforce training organizations across California to determine what’s preventing small businesses from providing more robust workforce training to young people. We found that while small business owners are interested in work-based learning programs, they have strong concerns […]

ITK Champion: Kim Batty

Meet: Kim Batty Kim Batty currently sits on the Media Arts Advisory Board for Visalia Unified School District and is a mentor for the YEA! (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) program. Why did you decide to get involved in Linked Learning and specifically the YEA! program? I was contacted about the Linked Learning program in 2014 because […]