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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

FEATURED GUEST POST: How cross-agency, integrated data systems can help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state education and skills development programs

Goal 3 of the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s 2010-2012 Public Policy Platform focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s workforce education and training system.  A critical part of this process includes state data systems.  In this week’s guest post, the Working Poor Families Project discusses the importance of state data management.

A skilled workforce is a key component of a healthy economy. In this era of a changing economy, a mismatch between job requirements and worker skills, and tight fiscal constraints, it is important to assure the state’s education and skills development systems are effectively and efficiently producing that skilled workforce.

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WOW Weekly Policy Update – 9.10.10

Weekly Policy Update – September 10, 2010

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NEW DOL Newsletter

Read it online at http://www.dol.gov/_sec/newsletter/.


Subject: Area of Substantial Unemployment Designation under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for Program Year (PY) 2011

Purpose: To request Area of Substantial Unemployment (ASU) designations in each state as defined in the WIA in order to allot funds under the Act for the period beginning July 1, 2011.

Download the PDF at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL08-10.pdf.

Field notes from NNSP


 August 31, 2010

Depth of Field
by Ravi Mangat

NNSP is pleased to announce the release of Sector Snapshot: A Profile of Sector Initiatives, 2010. This report is the latest in a ten-year series profiling the sector field nationwide.

Overall, the 2010 Sector Snapshot reveals that sector initiatives have become more important as a means of providing workforce development, adult literacy, post-secondary education, and economic development services. They have expanded into new industry sectors, grown in number throughout the country, involved employers in a more integrated way, broadened the types of organizations involved, and more specifically targeted the needs of low income and other disadvantaged individuals.

The full report and executive summary are now available for download.

In 2000, NNSP conducted the first nationwide survey of the then-emerging field of sector initiatives. The resulting report described a cross-section of the field, identifying industries targeted by sector initiatives, how they were funded, and what strategies they used. NNSP produced subsequent Sector Snapshot reports, documenting growth and change in the sector field, in 2003 and 2007.

The 2010 Snapshot, which summarizes results from 196 different organizations, addresses in greater depth the characteristics of sector partnerships and the organizations involved in them, how sector initiatives have been affected by and responded to the recent economic crisis, and their funding outlook, evaluation methods, and relationship to policy and systems change. With the economy continuing to struggle, this information provides timely support for local and federal policy efforts, such as the SECTORS Act, recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and pending before the Senate.

Sharing this research about the value and impact of the sector field will be an important strategy to help support the field’s continued growth. Please share the report with your networks (employers, policy makers, etc) and your colleagues. To support this aim we’re providing some draft messages below that may be helpful. Please feel free to tailor them as you see fit.