WorkforceGPS Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

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Welcome 2019!

A new year begins and WorkforceGPS is here to provide you with resources, technical assistance tools and successful examples of programs and services that help people connect to employers looking for qualified workers.

This month, we are particularly focusing on career and technical education (CTE) and the wide range of employment opportunities and careers that this field offers individuals.  We are also pleased to share with you several new reports and resources that have been posted on the global site and various WorkforceGPS Communities.

So, start the new year with a resolution to learn about new and better ways providing services to your customers and bookmark WorkforceGPS.  Better yet, join the Member Directory and sign-up for updates to Communities that offer you the chance to find resources on specific topics, programs, or initiatives--all while engaging with peers on those matters that most interest you.

Happy New Year!

Career and Technical Education Resources

Last year, Congress passed and the President signed The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act which brings changes to the $1.2 billion annual federal investment in career and technical education (CTE).  The new legislation, which goes into effect on July 1, 2019 and replaces the previous Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.  CTE prepares individuals for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.

There are many intersections between CTE programs and the publicly-funded workforce system.  To help you learn about some of the exciting and worthwhile initiatives, we have created a resource page that provides you with quick access to these resources.  We will continue to add links to this page as we hear about more materials that showcase this important education and training approach.


Featured Content

  • Career Pathways in Early Care and Education: Career Pathways Design Study: Presents an analysis of the potential for career pathways in early care and education based on a literature review and interviews with experts, conducted between November 2016 and January 2017, regarding barriers to workforce advancement; and reviews promising practices at the national and state levels for workers that are predominantly women under the age of 50.
  • Keeping Participants Engaged with Free and Flexible Resources for Workforce Development: Learn how you, your colleagues, and your programs can find and use free and open educational resources for a wide variety of workforce development topics. These online teaching resources offer a solution to the high cost of curriculum and textbooks by allowing you to find, adopt, and adapt free career and technical training resources, such as high quality eTextbooks, online and hybrid courses, virtual labs, and more.
  • Special Topic Report: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Rural YouthBuild Programs: This paper explores the role that entrepreneurship training could have in creating jobs and securing future employment for rural YouthBuild participants. Whether preparing to start a business or preparing for future employment, the skills involved in entrepreneurship can be integral to participant success, and provide the support needed to assist those in rural areas to develop industry pathways for themselves.
  • Accelerating Pathways to Careers for Adult Learners: Community colleges have long been at the front lines of educating adult learners. While the average age of a community college student is 28, traditional higher education programs were created with 18-to-22-year-old, dependent, full-time students coming right out of high school in mind. These programs were not designed for the needs of adult learners, many of whom are under pressure to enter, reenter or advance in the workforce quickly to support their families.
  • Disability Focus Employer Tax Incentives: Businesses accommodating or hiring employees with disabilities may qualify for tax credits and deductions. There are three federal tax incentives available. They include the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Disabled Access Credit, and Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction. There are also state employer tax incentives. More information and additional resource links are provided within this resource page.

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Thank You!


The WorkforceGPS Team
Helping You Navigate to Success Today

U.S. Department of Labor
Employment & Training Administration
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