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What Makes Workforce Development Programs Sucessful
A report released in 2012 by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. This study assesses the influence of a range of factors on achievement of successful outcomes for workforce development programs, while also looking at how and if these factors are currently measured. Finally, this study recommends improvements to the data collection methids and data system that currently exist within the workforce development system.
Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Next Steps for Short-Term Recovery and Long-Term Economic Security
Reducing Poverty and Economic Distress after ARRA: Next Steps for Short-Term Recovery and Long-Term Economic Security - Urban Institute Article Abstract July 15, 2010
Building Effective Green Energy Programs in Community Colleges
This report tackles the question of the reality behind the promise of "green jobs" -- the challenges and the benefits of the millions of dollars of stimulus money being spent on creating "green job" training.
Describing the Dimensions of the Current Labor Market Crisis in the U.S., Center for Labor Market Studies-1/19/2010

Describing the Dimensions of the Current Labor Market Crisis in the U.S., Center for Labor Market Studies-1/19/2010

Most national macroeconomic models project little to no net employment growth through the middle of next year. Overall unemployment, as even indicated by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, is likely to rise through the fall of the coming year, 2010. Joblessness and labor underutilization problems will worsen over this time period. The country must act now to help put America's youth and adults back to work in a cost effective and transparent manner.

Dire Straits for Many American Workers: The Economic Case for New Job Creation Strategies in 2010 for the Nation√?¬Ę??s Teens and Young Adults (20-24), Center for Labor Market Studies - January 2010

Dire Straits for Many American Workers: The Economic Case for New Job Creation Strategies in 2010 for the Nation's Teens and Young Adults (20-24), Center for Labor Market Studies, January 2010

The nation's teen (16-19) and young adult (20-24 year old) job markets have continued to collapse during the past year, dropping all of these young groups' employment rates to new post- World War II lows. Over the October-November 2007 to November-December 2009 period, the number of employed teens in the U.S. declined by nearly 25% while the number of employed 20-24 year olds fell by nearly 11%. As noted in the bar graph on the cover page, the job loss in relative terms (-25%) among the nation's teens in the Great Recession is greater than it was for all workers (16+) in the Great Depression of the 1930's (1929-1933).3 The employment losses for young workers far exceeded those of all other age groups. Among older persons (55+), however, total employment at the end of this period was actually higher than it was prior to the beginning of the recession.

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  • "The Consequences of Dropping Out: The Impact on Lifetime Earnings" by Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, & Joseph McLaughlin, Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University
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  • Dire Straits for Many Workers: The Economic Case for New Job Creation and Retraining Strategies in 2010 for the Nation's Young, and Dislocated Blue Collar Workers - Center for Labor Market Studies, Dec. 2009
    The severe teen joblessness problem is a year-round problem not confined to the summer. A job stimulus program for teens is needed that will create jobs for youth in the public and nonprofit sectors and provide economic incentives through wage subsidies for private for profit employers to hire teens. The youth job creation programs would provide both year-round and summer jobs. A wage subsidy offer of 30% of the gross wage for 6 to 9 months would be provided to hire targeted teens with a good faith effort to keep them on the payroll after the wage subsidy is over. Sustained, private sector work experience is needed to boost the long-term employment and earnings of teens in the U.S. We also need to have teens exposed to firms in a much broader set of industries. Teen workers are increasingly confined to jobs in retail stores, fast-food restaurants, health care, and low level services. They are increasingly shut out of jobs in construction, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, finance, professional services, and state/local government. Their lack of broad-based work exposure is harming both their immediate and longer term job prospects and earnings. Employers are increasingly critical of their lack of employability skills and their poor work behavior, but they can only gain such skills through work itself. No demographic group is in more need of immediate job opportunities than teens and young adults (20-24). - December 2009
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet Statewide Integrated Data Sharing System (June 2009)

    In June 2008, Governor Deval Patrick released his Education Action Agenda, a comprehensive strategic plan that charts the course for the next phase of education reform in Massachusetts. The Action Agenda set as a primary goal the creation of an integrated system of education to meet the learning needs of every student in the Commonwealth, thus providing all students with the supports and skills necessary to meet the state‚??s rigorous educational standards, and to help them become successful and productive members of the workforce and their communities. Governor Patrick established the Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet (the Cabinet), comprised of the Secretariats of the state agencies, with primary responsibility for serving children, youth and families. In April 2009, Public Consulting Group (PCG) was retained to clarify the crossagency vision for a statewide integrated data sharing and reporting system as outlined by the Governor and the Readiness Cabinet, and to draft a strategic plan with action‚?Őoriented recommendations to help the Cabinet begin to make concerted, measurable efforts toward achieving its vision.

    Employers, Low-Income Young Adults, and Post-Secondary Credentials - Workforce Strategy Center (Oct. 2009)

    This report investigates a number of education and training programs involving employers in efforts to help disadvantaged young adults attain postsecondary credentials leading to career track employment. Our model programs meet four basic criteria: 
      1) Getting low-income youth and young adults postsecondary credentials that will allow them to enter and advance in career track employment. 
      2) Working with employers in industry sectors important to the region's economy. 
      3) Maximizing employer roles and commitment.
      4) Demonstrating portability, scalability, and replicability.

    Estimating the Number of High School Dropouts in Connecticut and in Sub-State Areas in 2005-2007: Findings for Young Adults (18-24) and All Working Age Adults (18-64) - Oct. 2009

    Connecticut's Dropout Crisis - This crisis not only ensures a life of poverty for too many of our young people but also is weakening our economy by depleting the workforce of capable employees.  It's also costing the government billions of dollars in social services and lost tax revenue. Realizing that improving dropout rates is a key to the area's economic success, Our Piece of the Pie, in conjunction with Capital Worforce Partners and with additional funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Connecticut Office of Workforce Competitiveness, commissioned a study to examine the problem. The study, conducted by Dr. Andrew Sum of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, examined the social and economic impact of high school dropouts. He presented his findings at the Governor's Dropout Summit on October 19. The numbers are staggering.

    Prepared By: Joseph McLaughlin,  Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada - Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
    Prepared for: Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, Connecticut

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