WDQC staff and several of our partners — National Skills Coalition, CLASP, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness — attended a town hall this week to speak with officials from the Departments of Labor and Education about performance requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
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Workforce education professionals from across the country converged on Pittsburgh last week for the annual conference of the National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) for the chance to network with peers; and to discuss linkages between policy, workforce education and training, and economic development. Conference attendees represented K-12 systems, postsecondary institutions, workforce boards, think tanks, community-based organizations and government agencies.
More than 200 researchers, faculty, staff and policy experts recently gathered for discussions of new and ongoing research on the labor market returns to a wide range of higher education pathways during a conference hosted by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) in Washington, DC. Representatives of WDQC attended the event.
Using workforce data from multiple sources, a Burning Glass report finds increased employer demand for bachelor’s degrees in occupations formerly considered middle-skill jobs that don’t require a four-year degree.
On August 13, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled a new workforce initiative that requires better measurement of credential attainment and a new consortium to provide workforce data.
Users of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database can now search for certifications, training, licensing and apprenticeship information from the Summary, Details and Custom report pages.
The navigation features of the O*NET Online reports have been streamlined too.
By providing particulars on certifications and training options, students and job seekers are empowered with more materials to help them plan for their career paths.
Contributing to discussion about reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, several members of Congress have introduced bills that would amend portions of the law, including provisions on data collection and labor market alignment.
A recent clarification by U.S. Department of Education staff may make it easier for states and third party entities to enter into data sharing projects.
A group of national experts on education and workforce policy released a report this week that identifies problems in the current credentialing system and calls for improvements to increase transparency, trust and portability.