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Aligning Community Colleges to Their Local Labor Markets

September 17, 2011

Examines ways to better align community college curricula with employer needs, including analyzing online job ads to gather data on occupation and skill demands; examples of use of labor market information; and the potential and limitations of such data.

Improving Access to Apprenticeship: Strengthening State Policies and Practices

August 9, 2011

Describes state efforts to expand the apprenticeship model through outreach, recruitment, and subsidies to strengthen labor market-based education and skills development strategies. Discusses obstacles, lessons learned from states, and recommendations.

A Pathway to Clean Jobs and Prosperity: State Policies for Helping Low-Income Families Build Clean Energy Careers

June 15, 2010

Describes barriers to expanding access to clean energy jobs and state policy options. Recommends ways to invest in skills development programs for low-skilled, low-income workers; enhance employer commitment to hiring them; and raise the quality of jobs.

Building Opportunity: How States Can Leverage Capital and Infrastructure Investments to Put Working Families on a Path to Good Jobs

January 21, 2010

Recommends state policies to boost the supply of skilled workers by expanding education and skills development opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults and strengthening employer demand for and commitment to hiring them at family-sustaining wages.