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By Kaitlyn Mrasek
May 20, 2016

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City: Transforming U.S. Workforce Development [Webinar]


At KCSourceLink, we're in the business of creating a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City. That means connecting local entrepreneurs with the resources they need, while lending a hand to the folks who provide those resources. This, is that hand. 

Explore new strategies for transforming workforce development policy and practice to meet the needs of today’s evolving economy with a webinar series led by scholars and practitioners engaged in workforce development.

Reimagining the System: Part One

Workers and employers in the United States face new realities and uncertainties that current public workforce policies and programs were not designed to address. The Great Recession and other disruptive forces have altered the environment for workers, job seekers, businesses, educational institutions and government alike. How can the workforce system be reimagined to address this evolving economy? Watch the first webinar of the series here.

Redesigning Strategies: Part Two

Workers and employers are turning to occupational credentials for meeting workforce training needs. However, the growth in options for obtaining credentials, badges and certificates has created increased uncertainty about their quality and value in how they relate to each other.  How can credential programs be redesigned to address these issues? Enjoy part two here.

Building Evidence-Based Practice: Part Three

Workforce development professionals must be accountable to multiple stakeholders for the quality and effectiveness of their programs. The ability to access, create and analyze relevant data is critical to building evidence-based practices that inform public policy and increases economic opportunity. Initiatives in New York City and Chicago explore lessons learned in putting data to work. Check out part three here.

Targeted Strategies: Part Four

Workforce development programs must meet the need of specific workers, employers and communities in order to be effective. This webinar explores programs developed for meeting the needs of two different groups of workers and consider the key issues and challenges in implementing strategies for other targeted constituents. Finish the series here.

Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, a book produced in partnership by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City, and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, tackles issues straight on by presenting new visions for transformative education and workforce development.

Download a copy of the book today,explore additional resources and join the conversation on Twitter at #TransformWorkforce.

(Information & images taken from The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)


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