Covering “The Future of Work” (FOW) can be a tall task. The word “future” obviously entails prognosticating, a verb that means foretelling, predicting, prophesying, etc., which is also obviously not an exact science.
From a survey of 150 workforce development professionals across seven states and roundtable discussions that drew 40 participants, the Heldrich Center examined the ability of workforce development systems to adapt to remote/virtual operations during the pandemic lockdown. They found virtual services were competently implemented, but that more work is needed to improve the hybridization of workforce systems for the future.
Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to ensure that their students thrive in the workplace after they graduate. Many of them are embracing new strategies and tactics for giving their students skills and knowledge that will help them do so, as well as tools to help students share and translate what they’ve learned to employers.
Within the current nursing school timeframe, no amount of work-integrated learning or clinical rotations could allow nurses to master hundreds of care protocols before taking the NCLEX. What’s needed is on-the-job training, which takes time and costs money.
Austin Community College (ACC) is one of the six community colleges and systems that is part of the Lab’s Community College Growth Engine Fund —CCGEF or the Fund, for short—to build and scale what we call “micro-pathways.” Micro-pathways are two or more stackable credentials (21st century skills included) validated by employers that lead unemployed, displaced, and underpaid or low-wage workers to median-wage occupations and on a path to a degree.
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Credential Engine have collaborated on a four-part blog series exploring competency transparency in our learning and labor market systems, the potential role that postsecondary institutions can play, and the work needed to get there.
Google Cloud Skills Boost will provide access to more than 700 hands-on labs, role-based courses, skill badges, and certification resources, including 16 new learning paths, all of which are available on-demand globally.
Americans with college degrees fully recovered all pandemic job losses by May, while Americans without college degrees remain 4.5 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels. Black women are still the least recovered. (Subscription may be required.)
A new book from Upjohn Press looks at the effectiveness of participant evaluations of workforce training programs. “Are Participants Good Evaluators” by Jeffrey Smith, Alexander Whalley, and Nathaniel Wilcox is the first to assess evaluations by participants, despite their already widespread use in workforce training program evaluations.
Digital Promise first launched its Micro-credential Policy Map in January 2020 to share valuable information on how states and districts across the U.S. were engaging with micro-credentials. Since then, micro-credential interest, earning, and pathways have only increased.
Workforce Monitor is published with the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University. We comb through all the erudite literature on Workforce Development issues, trends, and strategies as they relate to the world of education. We then synthesize our favorite research into concise summaries and feature articles, covering this broad landscape in a way that can save you time.