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March 04, 2011

Developing America's Workforce: Learning from 40 Years of Workforce Development Policy and Practice to Inform the Next Generation

 Date: May 9, 2011
Time: 3:00-4:30 P.M.
Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-562

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Please join us as we participate in the tradition of many culturesof learning from our elders and applying their wisdom to how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals' economic mobilitynow and into the future.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Ray Marshall, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Carter Administration
  • William E. Brock, U.S. Secretary of Labor in the Reagan Administration
  • Steven Gunderson, Republican Congressman from Wisconsin 1980-1996.
  • Kitty Higgins, Deputy Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration
  • Roberts T. Jones, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training in the Reagan and Bush Administrations
  • Kwame Holman (moderator), Congressional Correspondent PBS NewsHour

This is an especially strategic time for a bi-partisan discussion on how workforce policy and programs can best contribute to economic growth, community renewal and individuals' economic mobility. Today, as we emerge from recession, U.S. workers and businesses face daunting challenges that require a strong workforce system. We will need to assure that all segments of our ever more diverse workforce are prepared for an innovation and skill-based economy. The pending reauthorizations of workforce-related programs provide an opportunity to address these challenges. Yet, despite a history of bi-partisan support in Washington and in the states for employment, training and workforce education programs, constrained resources threaten their very existence.

This event is part of CLASP's 40th anniversary policy series, Policy and Promise for Low-Income People in America, as a national leader in creating and promoting policy solutions that work for low-income people.

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