New Project in Baltimore, Seattle & Des Moines to Advance Retail Careers

The National Fund announced that it is awarding $900,000 in grants made possible through a grant from Walmart to the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, Central Iowa Works (an initiative of United Way of Central Iowa) and SkillUp Washington. The grants…

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Profiles of Companies Hiring and Training Young Adults

Each the year, the National Fund recognizes businesses that are making exemplary investments in the skills and careers of their youngest employees. The following profiles of OKAY Industries and ACMT in Hartford, CT and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh, PA illustrate…

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New Paper on Behavioral Economics and Workforce Development

This paper brings key insights from the field of behavioral economics to inform workforce development efforts and especially attempts to engage employers. The National Fund is using Behavioral Economics to inform its Job Quality efforts and has designed this report for anyone interested…

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Broadband Availability/Subscription and Computer or Digital Skills

As the internet has become more integral to the US economy and our lives, it is important that we are working not only to build computer or digital skills but also advocating for internet availability, especially in poorer neighborhoods. The…

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Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative Receives $3.2M Grant

National Fund collaborative Triad Workforce Solutions Collaborative based in Greensboro, North Carolina was awarded $3.2M by the North Carolina General Assembly to spearhead a variety of workforce development goals in the four-county area that includes Guilford, Randolph, Alamance and Rockingham counties.…

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Secretary DeVos Visits Mobile Training Program

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Mobile, Alabama to observe the variety of learning pathways offered to students in the area. On her second stop in Mobile, DeVos was hosted by National Fund collaborative, The Southwest Alabama Workforce Development…

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Share Information About Workforce Development and Disaster Relief?

As we contemplate the tragic impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, we are reminded of the need to help others and to relieve some of the suffering and sadness affecting so many families. The National Fund is working to offer strategies and suggestions for the rebuilding…

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Meet Dr. Pamela Howze, New Program Director

Meet Dr. Pamela Howze, New Program Director Dr. Pamela Howze joined the National Fund in August and will be leading its efforts to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning. Most recently, she was the statewide director of Apprenticeship, Business and Veterans…

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Evaluation Tools: How to Make Data More Useful 

Learning and evaluation are at the core of the National Fund’s local and national effort to improve America’s workforce system. The Evaluation Series: Using Qualitative and Quantitive Information provides tangible advice and recommendations on how local organizations can collect and use qualitative…

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Mercy Health: New Case Study

Mercy Health—a regional partnership of hospitals and healthcare providers throughout Western Michigan—is a leader in using  employee development strategies to improve care. These practices include evidence-based hiring practices that have increased diversity, incumbent worker training programs that have improved employee engagement, and specific investments in high-demand…

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