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Trump Order Weakens Apprenticeship System, Continues to Slash Funding for Workforce Training

June 19, 2017 – Reprint from CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people.   On June 15, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) meant to “expand apprenticeships in America.” Under the current system, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and state apprenticeship agencies register all apprenticeship programs. However, this EO proposes to decentralize the registration of apprenticeships to enable third parties—including a variety of corporate, nonprofit, trade groups, or other entities—to independently register or recognize apprenticeships. The implementation of this EO is likely to expand
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This is Workforce Development

Reprint of June 15, 2017 San Diego Workforce Partnership* CEO Message The idea of “workforce development week” by the Trump administration sounds promising…on the surface. However, the President’s proposed budget plan includes a 40% cut in funding. That is not a typo. This is not a cut. This is absurd. This is an evisceration of a system that works. Funding for workforce development has already been reduced by $1 billion since 2010. Cutting further is counterintuitive and would be devastating to millions of job seekers around the country. Many of those impacted would be our most vulnerable, at-risk and underrepresented. The
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Year Three HPOG Report Highlights Success of Career Pathway Model

According to the non-for-profit organization, LINCS (Long Island Network of Community Services), “a career pathway approach reorients existing education and workforce services from a myriad of disconnected programs to a coordinated structure that focuses on the individuals in need of education and training and corresponding career paths. This approach also provides clear transitions, strong supports, and other elements critical to the success of participants. It is not simply a new model; it is a new way of doing business—for education and training institutions, employers, students, community organizations, agency staff, and policymakers.” LINCS has reported that in the Summer of 2013,
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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Becomes Law

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted by a large bi-partisan Congressional majority.  Following 11 long years of debate over reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, we still have to wait another year for WIOA to be implemented—in July 2015. During this time, the US Departments of Labor and Education will develop guidance and  regulations for State, Regional, and local Workforce Investment Boards on WIOA implementation. According to CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), “At a time of sustained unemployment in many communities, the programs in WIOA are designed to help
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Congress Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Yesterday, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which continues the critical work of its predecessor, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.  The Senate passed WIOA on June 25, 2014, with a vote of 95-3, and now that the House has passed it 415-6, WIOA is headed to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law, reauthorizing WIA for 6 more years. Peter Callstrom, CEO, San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), KRA Corporation client for the operation of the San Diego Metro Region One-Stop Career Centers—part of the American Job Center of California network—stated in a press release, “Passage
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Job-Driven Training Initiatives and the Opportunity for All

The Department of Labor (DOL) has been in lockstep with the current administration in trying to make good on President Obama’s promise of Opportunity for All. There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the President’s second step of “training more Americans with the skills to fill new jobs” with job-driven training initiatives receiving increased Federal aid. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative was one such program. Intended to develop a steady stream of trained and career-ready workers for high-demand jobs that exist in their communities, it recently received the final $450 million installment
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Administration Focuses on Job-driven Training, Apprenticeships in Workforce Development

In a continuing effort to match and develop the skills of workers to employers’ needs to help catalyze employment, the fourth and final round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, as well as $100million for competitive grants in the American Apprenticeship Initiative, was recently announced by President Obama. Since 2011, the TAACCCT program has been tasked with strengthening the connection between community colleges, employers, and the workforce development system to develop a steady stream of trained and career-ready workers for high-demand jobs that exist in their communities. This last round of funding is
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Grants to Develop Long-term U.S. Workforce through Education and Skills Acquisition

Since President Obama issued his call-to-action at the beginning of the year, the efforts of the current administration regarding workforce development have remained consistently strong particularly with regard to the at-risk youth and veteran populations—two groups that KRA Corporation feels are most in need of assistance. In addressing the needs of one of those groups, America’s youth, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education created the Youth CareerConnect grant dedicated to developing educational methods that better prepare U.S. students for the rigors of a competitive workplace. Youth CareerConnect awards in the amount of $107 million were recently announced in an attempt to better
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Senate Breathes Life into Unemployment Insurance Benefits

KRA Corporation looks at the recent development in the Senate regarding the extension of long-term emergency unemployment benefits after it stalled in January. Legislation coming out of the Senate is set to reauthorize the emergency unemployment insurance (EIU) benefits for some two and a quarter million Americans who have been without it since the end of last year when it was allowed to lapse by lawmakers. By a vote of 65-34 last Thursday, the Senate received the necessary 60 votes to advance EUI benefits coverage. The bipartisan effort ended the filibuster, which had blocked any chance of its passage onto the Congress.
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Veterans Gaining Traction in the Workforce

The plight of Veterans in the workforce has, deservedly, enjoyed a lot of attention in the recent past.  One of this group’s most high-profile champions is First Lady, Michelle Obama, whose Joining Forces program states as one of its tenets, “President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job at home after they fight for our nation overseas.” Veterans, with their commitment, dedication, training and discipline bring critical skills, both technical and “soft”, to the U.S. workforce.  It is why KRA Corporation is heartened to see that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 Employment Situation of
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