All Featured Highlights: State Workplace and Adult Education Policy
Mar 12, 2008
| Amy-Ellen Duke and Julie Strawn
Overcoming Obstacles,Optimizing Opportunities: State Policies to Increase Postsecondary Attainment for Low-Skilled Adults
This paper, by Amy-Ellen Duke and Julie Strawn, provides an overview of state policies that can be most successful in helping lower-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers. The paper introduces a series of state policy reports developed as part of Breaking Through, a national project that is helping community colleges identify and develop institutional strategies that can enable low-skilled adult students to enter into and succeed in occupational and technical degree programs at community colleges.
Dec 20, 2007
| Amy-Ellen Duke and Evelyn Ganzglass
Strengthening State Adult Education Policies for Low-Skilled Workers
At a time when employers increasingly need better educated and skilled workers to succeed, too few states have taken significant actions to improve adult education and literacy. This brief, prepared for the Working Poor Families Project, provides an overview of state adult education policies and programs and recommends ways they can be strengthened to provide better job advancement opportunities for lower-skilled adults and older youth.
Feb 21, 2007
| Christopher Mazzeo, Brandon Roberts, Christopher Spence, and Julie Strawn
Working Together: Aligning State Systems and Policies for Individual and Regional Prosperity
Julie Strawn of CLASP coauthored this new report, from the Workforce Strategy Center, which asserts that the current systems are not working effectively to produce the kinds of knowledge workers need for our new economy. The paper examines state policy and system improvements that would enhance the ability of workers to gain skills to advance to better jobs and the ability of employers to find skilled workers. These improvements include increasing access to postsecondary education and training; enabling current students to succeed and complete marketable credentials; increasing transitions between literacy, language, and postsecondary education and training programs; incorporating employer demand and state economic priorities in educational planning; expanding the capacity of postsecondary institutions; and measuring program results.
Apr 06, 2006
| Amy-Ellen Duke, Karin Martinson, and Julie Strawn
Wising Up: How Government Can Partner With Business to Increase Skills and Advance Low-Wage Workers
Helping low-wage workers upgrade their skills is a critical part of public policies to advance workers and to attract and retain "good" jobs—those that pay enough to support a family and offer health care, sick leave, and other important benefits. One promising approach has states and local governments partnering with business and industry to train workers and encourage the creation and retention of good jobs. This report examines five such training partnerships underway in four states, and offers innovative practices, challenges, and lessons learned for states and localities.
- Oct 18, 2007 | Julie Strawn Policies to Promote Adult Education and Postsecondary Alignment