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Brian, Dr Donna J G djgbrian at utk.edu
Fri May 14 20:08:44 EDT 2010

List Subscribers,
You DO know that Thursday Resources don't always come out on Thursday, right? So with that reminder, I'm sending a few resources. I hope you will find something of interest to you.

Donna Brian
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From Workforce3 One http://www.workforce3one.org (note from Donna: You must register to access these websites. Registration is free.)

"Applying for ETA Competitive Grants: A Web-Based Toolkit for Prospective Applicants"
ETA has launched a Web-based toolkit on applying for competitive grants. The toolkit is an online suite of resources designed to help prospective grant applicants – in particular, smaller entities such as community-based and faith-based groups, as well as organizations that have not previously applied for Federal funding – understand the process for applying for ETA competitive grants and develop high-quality grant applications.

"Job Seeker Tools"
This page offers the results of a U.S. Department of Labor challenge to the public to recommend their favorite career sites and to provide the sites themselves with a chance to raise awareness about the tools they offer. The top-rated sites in six categories: general job boards, niche tools, career tools, career exploration tools, Web 2.0, and Other, are featured.


From the Economic Policy Institute http://epi.org

"Economy Track: An Interactive Look at the U.S. Labor Market"
Launched in October 2009, Economy Track provides the tools to track the recession and unemployment crisis, with the option of focusing specifically on trends by state, race/ethnic group, gender, occupation, and education level. Bringing together up-to-date and historic data, this site also provides important context by comparing the current economic downturn to past recessions. All of the data and methodology underlying Economy Track’s graphs are downloadable and fully sourced, with some data available exclusively from this new Economic Policy Institute resource.

"American Jobs Plan: A Five-Point Plan to Stem the U.S. Jobs Crisis"
The United States is experiencing its worst jobs crisis since the Great Depression. Nearly 16 million Americans are out of work. This national crisis demands a bold plan to put people back to work. The Economic Policy Institute proposes the American Jobs Plan, a plan that would create at least 4.6 million jobs in one year. This paper includes EPI's comprehensive research and analysis of the jobs crisis—how severe it has grown and why—and the details of EPI's American Jobs Plan.

"For Job Seekers, No Recovery in Sight: Why Prospects for Job Growth and Unemployment Remain Dim"
In this briefing paper, the authors outline what they describe as "an excruciatingly long lag time" between economic recovery and improved job prospects, which has characterized some of the most recent periods of so-called economic recovery.

"The Effects of Citizenship on Family Income and Poverty
This paper finds that immigrant workers who are U.S. citizens enjoy higher wages and lower levels of poverty than non-citizens, and that this benefit remains even after controlling for other factors.

"Growing White-Minority Unemployment Gap Expected to Widen Even Further in 2010"
As the nation braces for rising unemployment, which forecasters say will reach 10.7% in the third quarter of this year, a new forecast shows even grimmer times ahead for the nation’s African Americans and Hispanics.

"American Indians and the Great Recession--Economic Disparities Growing Larger"
The wide gaps in employment and unemployment rates between whites and American Indians have only widened in the past two years.

"Getting Good Jobs to People of Color"
The lack of good jobs that pay decent wages and provide health care and retirement benefits is a serious problem for all Americans and an especially dire problem for America's people of color. This paper examines the rate of employment in so-called "good jobs" for different demographic groups.


From the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights http://www.ellabakercenter.org

"Making Green Work: Best Practices in Green-Collar Job Training"
This guidebook was developed through the Oakland (CA) Green Jobs Corps, a program to connect people who face barriers to employment with opportunities in green construction, solar installation, home weatherization, and other green fields. It was developed for workforce development providers seeking to build equitable and effective green-collar job training programs and for government officials responsible for managing and providing resources for green workforce development.


From The Apollo Alliance Reports http://apolloalliance.org/reports/

"Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Infrastructure and Opportunities in Michigan" "(Ohio)" "(Wisconsin)"
The Apollo Alliance and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce have teamed up to identify components of Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin's workforce development infrastructure that can be better integrated and scaled up to help fill jobs in the clean energy sector. According to the reports, many of the elements of a green training infrastructure already exist in each state, but there are still gaps along the green career pathway that must be filled through stronger, more integrated training programs.
Michigan: http://apolloalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mappingreportmichiganjan27.pdf
Ohio: http://apolloalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mappingreportohiojan27.pdf
Wisconsin: http://apolloalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mappingreportwisconsinjan27.pdf


From the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) http://occrl.illinois.edu

"The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate: What We Have Learned So Far"
The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate project documents the applied baccalaureate phenomenon in the United States, including the extent to which applied baccalaureate programs target adult learners. Recognizing the vital link between a healthy economy and a well-educated adult workforce, this project documents educational opportunities as well as public policy and policy-oriented initiatives associated with applied baccalaureate degrees awarded by associate degree-granting and traditional baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. The project is also designed to identify factors that influence the development and sustenance of these degree options for adult learners, and forecast the likelihood that these degrees will continue to meet the needs of adult learners seeking baccalaureate-level employment.


From Corporation for a Skilled Workforce http://www.skilledwork.org

"The Critical and Emerging Role of Workforce Investment Boards: How Federal Policy Can Incite Workforce Innovation"
The anticipated reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act provides an opportunity to set a strategic policy framework and encourages the blending of evidence-based practice with innovation in a way that helps people, firms, and communities – and in turn, the nation – thrive. Legislative and regulatory changes to WIA, as well as clear definitions delineating the roles of state and local boards, can incentivize increased collaboration and relationship building, and encourage disparate economic development, education, and workforce systems to come together under a common goal of preserving or generating regional and global economic competiveness and greater prosperity.


From Data Quality Campaign http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/

"Education and Workforce Data Connections: A Primer on States' Status"
As DQC survey results show, many states have greater capacity to use their rich longitudinal data to answer key policy questions related to serving students in K-12 education. By linking education and workforce data, states increase their ability to answer new questions that affect a broader range of students.


From Achieve http://www.achieve.org

"2010: Closing the Expectations Gap: Fifth Annual 50-State Progress Report on the Alignment of High School Policies with the Demands of College and Careers"
Since Achieve launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network at the National Education Summit on High Schools in February 2005, state leaders across the country have been hard at work aligning their standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability systems with the expectations of colleges and employers. To monitor state progress in adopting the college and career readiness agenda, Achieve conducts an annual survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the key college- and career-ready policies that form the basis for the ADP Network. K–12 education.