Workforce Development Program Publications

One Step Forward Initiative: Guide to Adult Education for Work
This guide outlines the specific steps policymakers, program administrators, and providers can take to begin to transform their current Adult Education programs to Adult Education for Work, including practical advice for getting started.

One Step Forward Initiative: Employer Guide to Adult Education for Work

This guide provides employers with the key elements to look for in a high quality Adult Education for Work program as well as practical advice in implementing such programs.

Background Paper for One Step Forward Initiative: International Trends in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
This paper provides a review of the key international initiatives focused on better connecting adult education to the workplace and improving the quality and quantity of adult education.

Background Paper for One Step Forward Initiative: Background and Supporting Evidence for Adult Education for Work
This paper recommends specific steps that Adult Education programs can take to develop and implement Career Pathways systems of learning that move low-skilled adults through workforce-oriented Adult Education programs on to postsecondary (degree and non-degree certificate) programs.

Under One Roof: New Governance Structures for Local Economic and Workforce Development
Spring 2007
This report provides insights for local government decision makers considering structural realignments of agencies and organizations. The report is based on case studies from five jurisdictions and exploring the paths taken and common lessons learned across the sites.

Under One Roof: New Governance Structures for Local Economic and Workforce Development – Volume II
May 2007
This follow-up report profiles in detail three jurisdictions and explores paths taken and common lessons learned across the sites in order to understand the driving shifts in governance structures, the nature of the changes, the enhanced capabilities that resulted from the changes, and the impact of these efforts.

Under One Roof III: “Non-Traditional” Partners Collaborating for the Benefit of Economic Development
June 2007
This report, written for workforce development leaders, details innovative, mutually beneficial collaborations with organizations that typically do not work with the public workforce system. The report is designed to inspire workforce systems leaders to think broadly and boldly about how they approach regional economic development and to consider which organizational partnerships might further expand their capabilities and their regional impact.

America in the Global Economy
December 2006
This background paper summarizes a set of quantitative analytical studies carried out in support of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, detailing the rise of the U.S. economy and current and future challenges for maintaining economic competitiveness in a global market, with an emphasis on the role of education in economic growth and stability.

Federal, State, and Local Roles Supporting Alternative Education
June 2006
The third and final installment in the series, this paper examines the roles that various levels of government have in supporting quality alternative education programs to reconnect youth to education and the workplace. The paper raises issues for all policymakers to consider in facilitating the development of expanded alternative education pathways.

Academic Programs in Alternative Education: An Overview
April 2006
This is the second report in a series about Alternative Education in America and examines the academic programming in alternative education programs by reviewing the literature specifically focused on the academic programs in alternative education and summarizing a survey of fifteen alternative education programs.

An Overview of Alternative Education
January 2006
This paper reviews the literature on alternative education and offers a typology defining alternative education. The report includes information on how many out-of-school youth are involved in alternative education and how many need these options. It provides evidence that youth need access to alternative education programs and describes the policy environment for alternative education including discussions on the funding streams available to support programs for out-of-school youth and how underused funding streams might be tapped for this effort. This is the first in a three-part series about Alternative Education in America.

What State and Local Leaders Need to Know about Improving Literacy Skills for Out of School Youth

November 2004
This brochure highlights the literacy problem in America, the value of addressing that problem, and specific recommendations for improving reading, writing, and mathematical instruction in the United States.

Responding in a Turbulent Economy: Creative Roles for Workforce Investment Boards
April 2004
This report details effective strategies and innovations of Workforce Investment Boards in responding to the needs of workers and communities in turbulent economic times. The report is organized around individual case examples that illustrate the strategies employed by several state and local workforce areas and partners.

Building Successful Relationships in Economic and Workforce Development: Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers and the Workforce Development System
January 2004
This paper details the nature and extent of relationships that exist between Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers and their workforce development partners across the country. The paper illustrates some practical ways in which workforce and economic development organizations can generate value in their communities.

Towards a National Workforce Education and Training Policy
June 2003
This paper presents a plan for building a better workforce education and training system with specific recommendations for creating a seamless, dynamic, and sufficiently-funded system for advancing the skills, credentials, and productivity of the U.S. workforce.

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