Online Learning Update

August 23, 2017

Governors call for greater partnership around workforce development

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Pat Donachie, Education Dive

A new report from the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Associations of State Workforce Liaisons and State Workforce Board Chairs urged the federal government’s support for continuing work spurred by the 2014 passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act — federal legislation aimed at streamlining public support for workforce development programs, including institutions at the higher ed level. Michelle Sager, who heads the NGA Center for Best Practices Economic Opportunity Division, said that while the lower unemployment rates throughout the country signaled economic stabilization in the aftermath of the Great Recession, it also means employers have fewer potential qualified applicants to fill job openings. For four-year colleges and community colleges, she said it is imperative to partner with industries in fields like information technology to ensure that the degree and certification programs being offered are meeting industry needs.

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