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KRA Workforce & Government News

The USDOL WorkforceGPS Newsletter is one of the most educational and informative venues KRA has found for staying up-to-date on the latest ETA/AJC Workforce System Strategies’ events, programs, and resources.  If you are looking for evidence-based research and emerging practices, Workforce System Strategies (WSS) is the place to start on WorkforceGPS. Through our own Workforce & Government Edition of Inside KRA Today, we are sharing the contents of the August edition with our business- and career-services customers, our clients, and our other valuable partners and stakeholders.   WSS Summertime Reads – With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming school year; and in that spirit,
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Anti-Poverty Advocates Condemn the RAISE Act as an Affront to Working Families

Reprint of August 4, 2017  CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) released the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act), which would drastically reduce legal immigration to the United States. Backed by the Trump Administration, the proposal would cap refugee admissions, cut total immigration in half by eliminating diversity visas and cutting family-based visas, and create a new visa system that awards points to potential immigrants based on characteristics such as speaking English and having higher education levels. The bill also includes troubling provisions that would
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Senate Rejects Repeal of Affordable Care Act

Reprint from CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing policy solutions that work for low-income people. Today, as we mark Medicaid’s 52nd birthday, we also celebrate the defeat of deeply disturbing proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and tear health coverage away from tens of millions of Americans.  CLASP is delighted to join others in breathing a sigh of relief that Medicaid and the ACA will continue to provide health insurance for children, families, young adults, people with disabilities, senior citizens, low-wage workers, and so many others. Thank you to everyone who
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What’s at Stake for Low-Income People in Federal Budget, Health Care Bills?

Reprint of July 13, 2017  CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) Article A U.S. House subcommittee is voting today on a bill that would slash federal funding for programs that support the economic security of children, families, and individuals of modest means. CLASP has issued a statement with our reactions to why this bill is yet another assault by Congressional leaders and the president on crucial supports for American communities. In addition, the U.S. Senate today released a new health care bill that, like previous bills from both the House and Senate, would leave millions without insurance and end
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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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