the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
3, Number 4, August 2009
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has embarked on a project to align the curriculum of all post-secondary
technical education courses and programs in the state to the needs
of business and industry." Read the complete report that appears
in this month's WIDS e-newsletter
or in the Community
College Times. Competency-based curricula based on industry-identified
skills is an idea that has been around for a long time and so has
the concept of transferable CIP codes across a given state but this
project combines the two. So far, five programs have been aligned--practical
nursing, carpentry, auto technology, welding, and auto collision repair.
The result will be that "all post-secondary technical education
programs will have the same CIP codes with consistent exit points,
program lengths and stackable industry-based credentials." For
more information, contact Rita
Johnson at the Kansas Board of Regents for more information, and
over college completion rates has created a movement in several states
to tie college funding to student outcomes. For example, Ohio seems
likely to base 100% of higher education funding on course and degree
completion, and in Louisiana, the governor and legislators have called
for 25% of higher education funding to be tied to student success.
This renewed call for accountability reflects a growing concern that
the US continues to fall behind other countries at a time when higher
education is generally considered to be more important than ever.
While the idea of accountability is not new, current efforts are more
closely tied to student success and they involve more money than ever
before. President Obama has proposed $2.5 billion for states that
seek to boost college completion rates for low income students. Some
believe that more than half of that money should be directed to community
colleges. Florida was an early adopter of this approach and they report
that community college completion rates increased by 43% over the
ten-year period 1997-2007. (USA Today, May 27,
communities are not a new concept but they are being used
to good effect in some community colleges to improve student success
rates. In Virginia for example, the 23 college system is part of Achieving
the Dream, a 15-state initiative supported by non-profit organizations
targeting minority and low-income students. Remedial math is of particular
importance for struggling students so at the Northern Virginia Community
College, the course is bundled with College Success Skills,
a course that includes note-taking, time management, and test anxiety.
Math teachers team teach with counselors,
form special bonds as they share a common goal (or perhaps a common
June of this year, Jane Oates was confirmed
as the Assistant Secretary of Labor-Employment & Training Administration.
to her appointment, Ms. Oates served as Executive Director of the
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Senior Advisor to Governor
Jon S. Corzine. In that position she worked to strengthen the connections
among high school, post-secondary education, and the workforce. Ms.
Oates served for nearly a decade as Senior Policy Advisor for Massachusetts
Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She worked closely with the Senator on
a variety of education, workforce and national service legislative
initiatives, including the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Jane
is well known by those who have been involved with the WIA, development
of one-stop career centers, and reform of the welfare to work system.
She has been very effective in informing legislators about the system,
and she is recognized as a great ally and champion for our work. Jane
brings great expertise and enthusiasm to her new position, and we
are fortunate to have a leader who "gets it"!
state of Oregon is pressing ahead with its statewide CRC initiative.
Operational details are still being worked out but the project should
be up and running before the end of the year.
exciting news from Florida's Ready To Work program. More
than 64,000 CRCs have been issued and more than 180,000 hours of skills
development training have been administered. Implementation partners
(high schools, WIBs, tech. centers, community colleges, juvenile justice
programs and CBOs) now number in excess of 500, and more than 400
employer partners are using Ready To Work to identify qualified
the most exciting news from FL is that the Department of Education
is about to issue a report on the employment and wage data of CRC
recipients. Preliminary numbers indicate that credential
earners are outperforming employees without the CRC. As soon
as the report is made public, Colleen Englert will forward a link
to it. Stay tuned!
Colorado, the news is also good. The Career Ready Colorado certificate
has been endorsed by Gov. Bill Ritter and the state web site will
be ready for launch in September.
Career Ready Colorado pilot sites ended successfully on June
30, and they are proceeding with statewide CRC availability. All workforce
regions in Colorado are being trained to offer CRC assessment, training
and certification. The Governor-signed certificates have been available
through pilot sites since Jan. 1, 2009, but all workforce regions
may now issue certificates as soon as they complete training. Promotional
activities involving the Governor's office will begin in September
to give time to get all regions up to speed on service delivery.
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