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What’s Happened, What’s Next and Where We Go From Here
Funds are Short-Term: Funds to remain available “only as long as the other funds [PY08] allotted in that program year.”
Huge Expectations: The anticipation of “Transformative Change” is being shouldered by the workforce system.
A Monumental Shift from Contingency Planning to Capacity Building: an unanticipated turnabout after years of disinvestment in the country’s workforce system.
The workforce of today is the workforce of tomorrow
There are multiple pathways to good jobs
We need a 21st-century skill guaranteeKey Messages
Joint address to Congress on February 24th:
"It is our responsibility as lawmakers and as educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it. So tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma.“
Senior Regional Field Director
The Workforce Alliance