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Career Pathway Systems

December 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized

What We Know After 10 Years and 80 Industry Partnerships

By Scott J. Sheely

Image of hands stacked together to represent partnershipAs Minnesota workforce partners continue to explore and expand their interest in engaging the business community through organized industry partnerships, some reflection on best practices that have been developed through 10 years of experience with industry partnerships in Pennsylvania may be in order.

At one time, PA funded as many as 80 industry partnerships around the Commonwealth which trained thousands of incumbent workers annually in industries including agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, health care, biotechnology, energy, communications, and others. Read the rest of this entry →

Career Pathway Systems

December 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training

A Time To Examine America’s Skills

Reposted from MintPress News by Frederick Reese


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There is a desperate need to reformulate the way skills are attained and retained in the country.
America finds itself in a quandary. According to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), not only is the skill level of the American working populace slipping compared with the international market, but the nation’s collective skill level is also significantly beneath where it should be to maintain competitiveness.

In reading, math and problem-solving with technology — such as determining the mileage reimbursement for a salesman, sorting emails, or comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags, Americans scored less than the international average, according to the report. Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands were among the nations that outscored the United States dramatically. It was determined that as much as 10 percent of the working population had insufficient computer skills, such as knowing how to use a computer mouse.

With nearly two out of every three jobs in America requiring postsecondary education and training by 2020, and with over 7 percent of all companies consistently reporting that they cannot find the skilled employees they need to fill key positions, there is a desperate need to reformulate the way skills are attained and retained in the country. Read the rest of this entry →

Thank You for Attending!

November 8, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training

new_career_pathways_headerThank you for making United Way and CLASP‘s 2013 Career Pathways Forum a success. Career pathways are gaining momentum as a strategy to improve regional economies and individual economic mobility. At this conference we explored strategies for strengthening, scaling and sustaining current innovations. Materials and handouts are available for download on the Materials page. And if you haven’t already, please take our quick survey. take-the-survey_button


October 16, 2013 in Event, Jobs & Training

Building Bridges with Career Pathways Courses

By Janet M. Paulovich

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Over the past year and a half, I have had the unique opportunity to work closely with a national team of educators and employers, along with a design team from Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), to develop an innovative online STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Readiness course in an open educational format. The course is designed to strengthen “key skills” for workers who are retraining in new STEM Careers, and it is meant to quickly refresh basic skills in math, critical thinking, workplace communication and professional skills. Our team was able to work closely with a number of employer partners to help us design the course modules as realistically as possible. Students taking the course practice dealing with a variety of problems and situations that they will encounter on the job. The STEM Readiness course is currently available on Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative website for anyone to use and would be appropriate for a wide variety of learners, not just those interested in STEM Careers. READ MORE

Unemployed. Unwanted.

May 3, 2013 in Conversation, Jobs & Training, Poverty

If you work for a nonprofit, how are you reaching out to the long-term unemployed?

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Talking About Barriers to Employment, a conversation exploring the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers.

Faces of Poverty: Talking About Barriers to Employment

April 3, 2013 in Conversation, Jobs & Training, Poverty, Uncategorized

Finding a job, even in an improving economy, has gotten much more complicated. Once upon a time, the get-a-good-education mantra held true for most Americans seeking upward mobility and a middle class existence. Increasingly, though, finding a life-sustaining career that justifies a costly education is a tough proposition for many young people.

Later this month, we’ll explore the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers in United Way’s continuing online conversation series, Faces of Poverty. REGISTER NOW

There’s Still Plenty to Talk About.

December 18, 2012 in Conversation, Health, Homelessness, Jobs & Training, Poverty

Last March when United Way launched its conversation series, Faces of Poverty, our goal was to have an open and honest discussion about how living in poverty impacts the lives of individuals and families in our community. And while we weren’t sure where the conversation would take us, we felt a sense of responsibility as one of the largest funders of social service programs in the Twin Cities whose very mission is to build pathways out of poverty, to lead by example. Read the rest of this entry →

Investment to Impact Forum

December 12, 2012 in Event, Jobs & Training, Uncategorized

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Stay connected and continue the conversation in United Front’s Jobs & Training online community.  Be sure to login and introduce yourself in the Welcome to the Community thread then post your questions or comments in the Investment to Impact thread. Download materials from the forum here.

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United Way Forum

November 27, 2012 in Event, Jobs & Training, Success

DATE: Wednesday, December 12
TIME: 7:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Continuing Education and Conference Center, University of Minnesota

Greater Twin Cities United Way’s conference on the importance of understanding and measuring the impact of social service work in our community. At a time when public and philanthropic communities are asking tougher questions before they invest, we will explore methods of evaluation and how to connect investment with outcomes.


July 20, 2012 in Conversation, Homelessness, Jobs & Training, Poverty, Uncategorized

Grant Abbott, a Faces of Poverty participant, posed the question we’re talking about now: are people equally free?

“I would like to say something about why talking about poverty is so difficult in this country. I believe it is difficult because it gets at the heart of the American myth of a free society in which hard-working individuals can lift themselves up and out of poverty. Poverty raises very difficult questions for this myth. Are people equally free? What is the impact of racism on people’s ability to work themselves out of poverty? Does the wealth gap between the rich and the bottom half of the population create such an unfair advantage that government needs to address it?…”Grant Abbott, Interim Executive Director, Episcopal Community Services of Minnesota

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