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How CAEL is Putting Prior Learning Assessment to Work in Philadelphia

Posted by Brian Sorenson on February 14, 2018

Topics: Workforce Development, Prior Learning Assessments (PLA)

CAEL has been working with Philadelphia Works to develop a prior learning assessment (PLA) strategy with partner the Community College of Philadelphia. PLA, which encourages student completion toward a degree or credential by granting credit for demonstrated college-level knowledge or skills, can be an effective tool for upskilling a workforce. CAEL recently spoke with Sue Hoffman, Senior Associate of Innovation at Philadelphia Works, to learn more about how this project will help Philadelphia’s workforce. 

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Reflecting on What We Learned from the IEDC 2017 Conference

Posted by Joel Simon on November 3, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Best Practices

With the theme “Going Global,” the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) held its 2017 gathering in Toronto. As we consider how economic development trends impact any given local or regional workforce, globalization is an idea that sparks fears of offshoring, downward pressure on wages and changes to labor markets that can leave many unconnected to that global economy and the prosperity that it makes available to some.

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Free CAEL Member Webinar: Drive Economic Growth with Workforce Alignment

Posted by Brian Sorenson on October 6, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, CAEL Members, Webinar

As communities work to differentiate themselves in a competitive global economy, alignment between economic and workforce development is essential. Successful communities, urban or rural, large or small, are proactively building this workforce alignment through a coordinated, systematic approach that helps to drive economic growth.

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Considering Career Pathing? Your Organization Might Be Better Prepared for it Than You Think

Posted by Brian Sorenson on August 22, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Talent Management, Career Pathing

If you were to ask 100 organizational leaders about what stands in their way of implementing a new talent management strategy like career pathing, you might get 100 unique answers. But as diverse as the responses you receive may be, most of them can be summed up with one area of concern: Uncertainty about sufficient cultural support within the organization to ensure success of the new strategy.

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Talent in the Driver Seat: Reflecting on the 2017 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practices Conference

Posted by Brian Sorenson on August 17, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Best Practices

As communities work to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive global economy, the need for alignment between economic and workforce development has never been more important. Today, successful communities of all sizes, urban and rural, are building this workforce alignment proactively and through a coordinated, systematic approach that helps to drive economic growth.

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Why Google’s New $50 Million Upskilling Initiative Matters

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 28, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Skills Gap

USA Today reports that Google.org—Google’s philanthropic arm—has pledged $50 million to better prepare workers to handle the demands of today’s rapidly evolving job market.

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New Study Shows Communities How to Build Career Pathways

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 21, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Career Pathing

There’s no question that obtaining a college degree or credential is generally an effective way to increase earning potential. As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted in an April 2017 survey, the median usual weekly earnings for a full-time employee with a bachelor’s degree is $464 more than that of someone with only a high school diploma. (~$2,210/mo or ~$24,218/yr) The unemployment rate of those with a bachelor’s degree is also only 2.5 percent, far less than the 5.2 percent of those with just a high school education.

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Workforce Development Programs Threatened as Budget Cuts Loom

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 17, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development

Last week, the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released its draft (PDF) of the FY 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill. The bill, the National Skills Coalition notes, contains significant funding cuts that could have a significant impact on workforce development programs.

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CAEL and JPMorgan Chase Bring 7,500 Rewarding Financial Services Jobs to the Forefront with BankingOnMyCareer.com

Posted by Brian Sorenson on July 14, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Talent Management, Partnerships, CAEL News, career development

As we reported last month, CAEL has partnered with JPMorgan Chase to create a powerful new platform to help New Yorkers gain insight into the 7,500 positions in the area’s lucrative financial services sector: BankingOnMyCareer.com.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania: A Lesson on the Importance of Workforce Dynamism

Posted by Brian Sorenson on June 27, 2017

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Talent Mobility

The New York Times recently shared a look at how the shuttering of manufacturers impacts the rest of a community’s economy, and it paints a bleak portrait.

Looking at Johnstown, Pa., a town that was long bolstered by a thriving steel industry which has since foundered, the article draws attention to men and women outside that industry who have been affected by the closure of area steel mills. 

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