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July 2009


Grant - Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries 

The US Department of Labor announced the availability of approximately $220 million in grant funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act) for projects that provide training and placement services to help workers pursue careers within Health Care (Nursing, Allied Health, & Long-Term Care) and other high growth and emerging industries. Though this announcement makes specific note of the Health Care sector, it also supports the workforce and training needs of workers and employers in other high growth and emerging industries such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, wireless and broadband deployment, transportation and warehousing, and biotechnology.

SGA Notice Health Care Sector and Other High Growth and Emerging Industries (PDF)


Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Hearing

The Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee held a hearing on July 16th titled “Modernizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 to Help Workers and Employers Meet the Changing Demands of a Global Market.” The purpose of the hearing is to investigate how best to streamline and coordinate the roles of the federal and state governments with the local training areas, as well as to ensure that the needs of workers, jobseekers, employers and local communities are met. Several witnesses, including Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, and Undersecretary of Education, Martha Kanter discussed the need for improved coordination at the local, state, and national level to meet the growing need for a well-trained, 21st century American workforce. This is the second hearing on WIA reauthorization the subcommittee held this year, hopefully signaling a greater commitment to reauthorizing the law.

Click here to see the recorded hearing


President Obama's Plan to Strengthen Community Colleges

On July 14th, President Obama announced at Macomb Community College a new initiative to strengthen community colleges in their role of training workers for new jobs... calling for an additional 5 million community college graduates by 2020 and new initiatives to teach Americans the skills they will need to compete with workers from other nations.

The President's Blog Entry 7/14/09


President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers Releases Report on the Workforce

The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) presents a projection of potential developments in the U.S. labor market over the next five to ten years and discusses the preparations necessary to develop the 21st century workforce.

Click here for the Clean Energy Report (PDF)


June 2009


Congress provided $500 million for competitive grants for green jobs training as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). Although originating under the same authorizing language, the Department of Labor (DOL) has split this funding into five separate grant competitions for strategic partnerships and other entities to prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

SGA Notice Pathways Out of Poverty (PDF) – Applications due 9/29/09

SGA Notice State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) and Training Grants - (PDF) Applications due 10/20/09

SGA Notice Energy Training Partnership Grants (PDF) - Applications due 9/4/09

SGA Notice Green Capacity Building Grants (PDF) - Applications due 8/5/09
State Labor Market Information Improvement Grants – Applications due 8/14/09


Two Green Reports: "The Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy" & "How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States"

Two new reports further demonstrate the economic benefits of investing in green energy, bolstering those calling for lawmakers to pass a strong clean energy bill. The studies found that investing $150 billion per year in conservation, renewables, and grid upgrades will result in 1.7 million new jobs in America. That is 300% more jobs than instead investing in fossil fuels.

Click here for the Economic Benefits of Investing in Clean Energy Report (PDF)

Click here for the How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty... Report (PDF)


The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America

The clean energy economy, still in its infancy, is emerging as a vital component of America’s new economic landscape. That’s the finding of The Clean Energy Economy: Repowering Jobs, Businesses and Investments Across America, a groundbreaking analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts that sheds light on an increasingly important part of the nation’s economic recovery.

Click here for the Clean Energy Economy Report (PDF)


May 2009

   

This report has been prepared in response to the First Report of the Renewable Energy Task Force which directed the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)…to immediately undertake an inventory of existing workforce training programs and streamline such efforts to utilize existing resources in the most optimal manner.

Click here for the Clean Energy Report (PDF)


April 2009


New York State Association of Counties: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Creating Jobs by Investing in New York's Future

NYSAC is hosting a series of briefings to provide county leaders with detailed information on the workforce training resources available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The briefing series, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Creating Jobs by Investing in New York’s Future,” presents regional economic profiles and federal stimulus opportunities. The topics included in each session include:

- The Gathering Storm: Why the ARRA investment in workforce training and job creation is critical to New York’s Future;

- What you need to know about unemployment insurance;

- The Workforce Investment Act;

- Significant industry sectors for the region; and

- Roundtable discussions

Click here for the Agenda and Registration (PDF)


March 2009


Stimulus Money is Coming: Align with WIBs NOW!

The US DOL just released Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-08. It provides policy guidance and direction regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“the Recovery Act”) funding for activities authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and the Wagner-Peyser Act. If you have not already, check with your WIBs to see if there have been any changes to the Individual Training Account policies as well as incumbent worker training and customized training policies. Educational institutions should align with their WIB and enter into contracts to provide training and education in high-demand occupations.

Download Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 14-08 (3/18/09 -PDF)


Center for Health Workforce Studies Releases Trends in the Supply and Demand for Health Workers in NYS

The Health Care Workforce in New York, 2007: Trends in the Supply and Demand for Health Workers provides an overview of the health care workforce trends in New York by employment setting and region. Includes number of workers, recruitment and retention difficulties, and demand projections.

Download The Report (March 2009)


February 2009


The Future of Middle-Skill Jobs

The Brookings Institution held a briefing on The Future of Middle-Skill Jobs. While Americas shortage of highly-skilled workers is well known, less attention has been focused on middle-skill jobs—those that require more than high school, but less then a four-year college degree. These jobs make up roughly half of all employment today, and demand for middle-skill workers is expected to continue despite the economic downturn.

View the recorded briefing

Download the Brief


Senate Passes Stimulus Plan: Bill Moves to Conference Between House and Senate

The Workforce Alliance has reported that the Senate's version of the economic recovery legislation contains about $4 billion in funding for workforce development programs under the Department of Labor. The bill now moves to conference, where conferees will work out the differences between the House- and Senate-passed bills. Congressional leaders are hoping to have legislation ready for President Obama’s signature before the President’s Day recess.

The Workforce Alliance Breaking e-news Release (2/10/09)


SUNY Has a New Chancellor, Nancy Zimpher from the University of Cincinnati

SUNY has tapped University of Cincinnati President Nancy Zimpher as the first woman to serve as SUNY Chancellor. She will take office on June 1 and start tackling SUNY's deep deficits. The state is mired in a fiscal crisis that has resulted in $200 million in SUNY budget cuts and a $620 tuition increase. In addition, Zimpher wants to make it easier for students to transfer within institutions -- SUNY has struggled unsuccessfully for years to solve transfer problems between its two- and four-year institutions. Zimpher said she also wants to boost research funding and strengthen the link between academic research and local economic development.

Governor Paterson Announcement (2/10/09)


Retraining Helps Unemployed Find New Careers

With news about stores like Fortunoff who employ 378 people and has been a staple in Long Island retail since 1922, and as the national unemployment rate soars, retraining is becoming increasingly popular. Here are examples of how other states are assisting their citizens in retraining and obtaining jobs. From collaborations between colleges and the state's One Stop system, funding has been allowed for both non-credit and credit programs. These efforts don't come without issues though.

Going Back to school to get a job (1/27/09, CNNMoney.com)

Take Charge Thursday: Retraining can change your life (2/5/09, WNDU, article and video)

County moves fast to help retrain laid-off employees (2/9/09)


Save the Date: CEANY 2009, October 6-9

Mark your calendar now for this year's CEANY Annual Conference to be held October 6 – 9 at the beautiful Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, NY. Don't miss "Sowing Ideas and Harvesting Success in Difficult Times," the theme of the conference. The Conference Committee is working diligently to create an exciting program of relevant topics such as: cutting costs while maintaining quality; creating fundable programs; pursuing low-cost options for programming, marketing, and professional development; identifying educational topics and trends; grant writing; securing dwindling university resources; and re-examining the direction and role of continuing education in today's society. If you have any questions, would like to help plan the conference, or have ideas to share, feel free to contact Kimberly Maybr, CEANY 2009 Conference Chair: kimberly.maybar@baruch.cuny.edu


Where is the Economy Heading?

Even with a new administration in the White House and a federal economic stimulus package on its way, the economic outlook is bleak as companies continue to shed costs. While there may be signs of recovery in six months, the reality is that it will not be business as usual until 2011, according to the IBISWorld Recession Briefing. IBISWorld expects this to be one of the longest recessions in the post-war era, according to the briefing, because consumers have been hit hard too. They face job insecurity, and the values of their homes and retirement funds continue to dwindle. Many organizations already have responded to the economic situation with layoffs, hiring freezes and wage cutbacks.

IBISWorld Recession Briefing: Economic Crisis: When will it End? (2/5/09)


January 2009


WIA Impact Study Shows Mixed Results

IMPAQ conducted a non-experimental net impact evaluation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program to estimate the average impact of the program across individuals, that is, the difference in average earnings or employment following program participation, as compared to the average if these individuals had not participated in the program. The study focused on the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs which offer three levels of service:

- Core services, including outreach, job search and placement assistance, and labor market information
- Intensive services, involving more comprehensive assessments, development of individual employment plans, and counseling and career planning
- Training services, occupational and basic skills training that link customers to job opportunities in their communities.

WIA Net Impact Evaluation Final Report (PDF)


Grant Opportunity: Literacy Zone Initiative: Federal Adult Education Funding From WIA Title II, 2009-2012

Funds are available through this Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligible applicants to provide instructional programs in adult literacy below the post-secondary level and support services, such as educational counseling and guidance. Approximately $3 million per year for three years.  Sixty-five percent of the available funds will be targeted for applications from New York City, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Yonkers.  Thirty-five percent will be targeted for applications from the rest of the state. Proposals due March 2, 2009.

NYSED RFP: Literacy Zone (1/14/09)


Possible New Economic Stimulus Plan May Include Workforce Development Funding

The Workforce Alliance highlights possible items to be included in any economic recovery bill such as significant investments in infrastructure as well as additional funding for workforce development and social services. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have indicated that the package may top $600 billion, and they are working to have the bill ready to sign by the time President-elect Obama takes office on January 20. Congressional Republicans and the administration have generally resisted the call for a new stimulus package, and in particular oppose infrastructure spending as too slow to be truly stimulative.

Read the Washington Update: Stimulus Edition PDF (68kb)


New Report from Pew Internet & American Life Project, Internet Revolution: The Future of the Internet III

A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.

They disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance, more forgiving human relations, or better home lives.

Here are the key findings on the survey of experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that asked respondents to assess predictions about technology and its roles in the year 2020:

  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
  • Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing arms race, with the crackers who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
  • Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.

Read the Press Release


December 2008


Report Released: NYS Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Executive Budget Preliminary Overview

Governor Paterson’s Executive Budget proposal uses various cost-saving measures, non-recurring resources and new taxes, fees, charges and assessments to close a $1.7 billion budget deficit in fiscal year 2008-09 and a $13.7 billion gap in 2009-10, according to a report issued by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. It states that the Governor is seeking to reduce base aid to SUNY/CUNY Community Colleges by $65 million in SFY 2009-10 and SFY 2010-11.

Read the Press Release (12/30/08)

Read the Report (12/30/08) PDF (176kb)


New York State Job Numbers for November 2008

LARGEST DECLINE IN PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS IN MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS - State's Unemployment Rate Climbs to Highest Level Since April 2004

Most labor market indicators suggest conditions in New York State's economy continued to deteriorate in November. The state's private sector job count suffered its largest monthly drop since October 2001, the statewide unemployment rate registered its highest level since April 2004, and initial claims for Unemployment Insurance continued to rise markedly.

Read the Press Release (12/18/08)


November 2008


CEANY Annual Conference: A Great Time Had by All

Over 150 people attended CEANY's Annual Conference held November 12-14, 2008 at the Turning Stone Resort. With over 25 concurrent and plenary sessions, attendees took away valuable knowledge and gained new perspective on cutting edge topics like Web 2.0 and renewable energy. There was also a record number of vendors all ready to help us with potential new revenue streams.

Of course, what would the annual conference be without the networking opportunities. From the Gaming Experience Demo to the New Member Event and Cocktail Reception, attendees enjoyed meeting others from around the state.

We also raised over $2,500 from the Live Auction which will go to student scholarships. Thanks to everyone who participated! Lastly, many attendees won a variety of prizes from the coveted Poker Chip Design USB Drive to the many casino themed DVD's. Congrats to our winners.

We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!

2008 Conference Photo Gallery

The Hat Software


New York State Job Numbers for October 2008

SMALL DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, JOB COUNT DECLINES IN OCTOBER - First Over-the-Year Decline in Statewide Private Sector Job Count in Almost Five Years

The region’s labor market conditions continued to deteriorate.  Private sector employment  grew by only 0.2 percent over the past year.  Job losses were more widespread, as most industries recorded over-the-year declines.  Nonetheless, the region’s private sector job growth still outpaced the state (-0.2 percent) and nation (-1.2 percent).  The ongoing weakness in the local job market has been accompanied by higher unemployment rates in recent months.

Read the Press Release (11/20/08) PDF



October 2008


New York State Job Numbers for September 2008
SMALL LOSS IN JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNCHANGED IN SEPTEMBER Economy Continued to Slow, Though Still Stronger than Nation

The regional economy continued to add private sector jobs in September 2008, albeit at an anemic over-the-year rate of 0.3 percent. Employment gains were largest in educational and health services (+3,100), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,000), professional and business services (+1,000) and trade, transportation and utilities (+500). Job losses were centered in manufacturing (-1,700) and financial activities (-900). Fallout from the meltdown on Wall Street has clouded the region’s economic future. Historically, the region has benefited from the good times on Wall Street and has been adversely affected when the City’s fortunes declined. Since many local residents work in the City’s financial district, job losses there could have a ripple effect on a number of local industries.

Read the Press Release (10/16/08)


NYC Comptroller Forecasts 165,000 Job Losses

New York City Comptroller's Office is forecasting "that as many as 165,000 private-sector jobs will be lost throughout the city’s economy over the next 24 months, which compares to a forecast of 85,000 jobs lost in the Comptroller’s most recent budget report, issued in July. We now believe that as many as 35,000 of those job losses may come in the financial services industry; our previous forecast was that the industry would contract by 25,000 jobs. The differences reflect the spreading of the economic troubles to other industry sectors as the nation slips into a general recession."

Click here to read more from Chief Economist Frank Braconi (10/15/08)


NYC Comptroller Releases Report on the City's Workforce Development System

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. today issued a comprehensive review of New York City’s workforce development system, finding that the City’s poor coordination of this system has compromised its efficiency, accountability and effectiveness. In the report titled, "Demands of the Time, Turning the Workforce Development Model of the Last Century Into a Skills Education Model for Today," Thompson calls for "elevating workforce development to this higher level within the Mayor’s Office would give it the prominence and emphasis it needs to meet its dual goals of providing businesses with the well-trained employees they require and job-seekers with opportunities to secure a living wage and an upward career path.”

Download the Report PDF (1.16MB)

Read the Press Release (10/15/08)


Grant Opportunity: Community Based Job Training Grant

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $125 million in grant funds for Community-Based Job Training Grants. Community-Based Job Training Grants will be awarded through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth/high-demand industries through the national system of community and technical colleges. Proposals are due November 24, 2008.

Download the Federal Register Announcement PDF (119 kb)

Click here for more information on CBJT Grants


Grant Opportunity: YouthBuild Grant

The YouthBuild program provides education and training to high risk youth, giving them tools to compete in today’s quickly changing job market. This alternative education program provides a path to higher education in addition to tools for immediate work in high demand fields such as construction. This is an opportunity to partner with Local Workforce Investment Boards. Proposals are due January 15, 2009.

Download the Federal Register Announcement PDF (106 kb)

Click here for more information on YouthBuild


Election 2008: Another Look at the Presidential Candidate's Workforce Development Plans

A recent blog by Julian Alssid of the Workforce Strategy Center discusses the need for the presidential candidates to talk about their workforce development plans and how the plan will ensure that America's workforce is poised to compete in the global economy. Alssid calls for the candidates to consider re-aligning current federal programs that focus on "job training" and re-program those funds into initiatives that focus on "workforce development."

John McCain's briefing paper

Barack Obama's plan


US Dept of Agriculture and US Dept of Energy Release National Biofuels Action Plan

The Biomass Research and Development Board, co-chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), developed the National Biofuels Action Plan to accelerate the development of a sustainable biofuels industry. The plan focuses on several action areas including: Sustainability; Feedstock Production; Feedstock Logistics; Conversion Science and Technology; Distribution Infrastructure; and Environment, Health and Safety. This could be a key document that may drive research and development investments (e.g., future grants) in this area.

Read the Press Release (USDoE, 10/7/08)

Download the Report


September 2008

SUNY Closer to New Chancellor

After more than a yearlong search for a new chancellor to lead the State University of New York, a panel has submitted a list of finalists to Gov. David A. Paterson, who is expected to meet with the candidates during the last two weeks in September before selecting one, according to education and state officials.

Read more (New York Times, 9/16/08)


New York State Job Numbers for August 2008

The Region's economy continues to show signs of weakness, as the job market continues to deteriorate. Private sector employment posted a growth rate of 0.4 percent, a far cry from the 1 percent recorded for the same period last year. Meanwhile the unemployment rate continues to rise. The August unemployment rate rose from a 3.8 percent last year to 5.3 percent this year, the highest August rate in 14 years.

Private sector employment still posted minimal gains (2,800 jobs over the year), however,  the Wall Street crisis could further erode our job market. Many of these high-paid Wall Streeters resides in our region, so any fallout on Wall Street is likely to be echoed in our community. Any number of industries could be impacted from professional and business services, to retailers, to leisure and hospitality, to construction.

Read the Press Release 9/18/08 (pdf 84kb)


Election 2008: Presidential Candidates and Their Proposals on Workforce Education and Training

The Workforce Alliance just published a document analyzing the Presidential candidates' proposals and legislative histories around a range of workforce education and training issues.

Read the analysis and download the report


Grant Opportunity: Career Pathways Program RFP

The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), in cooperation with the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), issued a new Career Pathways Program RFP to prepare individuals for jobs in industry sectors that offer advancement opportunities and career ladders. A total of $5 million in federal TANF and WIA funds will be awarded statewide ($2.5 million for at least 5 projects in NYC) to support selected projects for a one-year period. Proposals are due October 15, 2008.

Read more and download the full RFP


August 2008


Governor Paterson Asks Legislature to Consider CUNY & SUNY Budget Cuts

CUNY & SUNY budgets may see their 2008-09 and 2009-10 budgets cut by 7%. That's equivalent to a decrease of about $51 million for CUNY and $96 million for SUNY in General Fund spending.

Governor Paterson Press Release

Governor Paterson Conference Call (ny.gov - podcast, 8/11/08)

Gov asks big slash in CUNY budget (NY Daily News, 8/11/08)

Effect of budget cuts feared within SUNY system (Newsday, 8/11/08)

United University Professions President talks about SUNY cuts (WRVO-FM - podcast, 8/4/08)


Getting to Know the Millennials

A recent article and a very popular YouTube video helps depict today's student. The article discusses the recent increase of the Millennial generation (born between 1980 and 2000) into the workforce and the challenges schools have in preparing them as well as companies figuring them out.

The YouTube video delves into technology and the state of education today while capturing sentiments about student life in relation to education and other issues. The video was produced by Professor Michael Wesch and stars Kansas State University's ANTH 200: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class.

Article - From Womb to Work: Educating the Millennials

YouTube - A Vision of Students Today


Greener Pathways - A Report on Middle-Skill Green Jobs

The Workforce Alliance in collaboration with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and the Apollo Alliance recently released Greener Pathways, a report on middle-skill green jobs that includes an action plan for state policymakers, highlighting policy, program, and system reform opportunities.

Read the report PDF (12.9MB)

Read the Press Release PDF (400kb)


$500 Million Slated for Job Training by Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd made the opening bid for a new supplemental spending measure this week that provides $24.1 billion in new spending for a host of domestic programs including job training:

  • $250 million for employment and training activities for dislocated workers. These funds will help more than 66,000 people receive services, which include job search and career counseling, as well as training.
  • $250 million will support part-time jobs after school, paid internships, and community service jobs for older youth, and will help low income youth acquire work skills and income that can help families living in poverty or experiencing economic turmoil.

US Senate Committee on Appropriations Press Release PDF (164kb)


July 2008

Grant Opportunities: Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Technology-Based Learning (TBL) Initiative

ETA announces the availability of approximately $10 million in grant funds under the TBL Initiative to be awarded through a competitive process. The purpose of the Initiative is to expand access to training resulting in an increased number of workers trained, particularly in high-growth, high-demand occupations, and to meet the needs of industry for skilled employees. Due date is August 19, 2008.

US DOL Solicitation for Grant Application Info

Full Announcement from Federal Register


NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Offers Grant Money for Training TANF Eligible Individuals

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), Bureau of Employment Contract Management issues this Request for Proposals to secure the services of eligible organizations* to provide education and/or training activities to help address the needs of TANF eligible individuals to enable them to become literate, productive and successful in the workplace, home and community. Proposals are due by September 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm.

*Organizations eligible to apply for funding under this initiative include non-profit organizations, including school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), community colleges, institutes of higher learning, public libraries and community-based organizations.

Educational Resources Program RFP Information


Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Winner in the House and Senate Appropriations Committees Markup for Fiscal 2009

The House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies moved their respective bills through the markup process and received full Appropriations. Both bills exceed the funding levels requested by the president, who has indicated that he would veto any bill that exceeds his request, as he did last year. As a result, it is widely believed that most appropriations bills will be withheld until a new administration takes office.

Workforce Development Programs

FY 09 Administration Proposal

FY 09
House Subcommittee

FY 09
Senate
Committee

Youth Programs

-

$924,069,000

$930,500,000

Adult Programs
-

$861,540,000

$864,199,000

Dislocated Workers
-

$1,504,707,000

$1,481,903,000

WIA Consolidated*

$2,826,000,000

a

b

Community-Based Job Training Grants

$125,000,000

$145,000,000

$125,000,000

Dept. of Labor Total
$2,951,000,000
$3,290,461,000
$3,276,727,000
* The FY 06, FY 07, FY 08 and FY 09 Administration budgets proposed combining Youth Programs, Adult Programs, and Dislocated Workers into one block grant, the WIA Consolidated Grant
a $3,290,316,000
b $3,276,602,000

US House Committee on Appropriations Press Release

US Senate Committee on Appropriations Press Release


CEANY Set to Join The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO)

COLLO operates for the promotion of social welfare by developing, maintaining, and improving lifelong learning, adult, and continuing education throughout the United States and internationally; and provides a basis for cooperation and action among its member organizations and associations.

Click here to go to COLLO's Website


SUNY Announces Community College Workforce Development Training Grant Program

Dennis Golladay, Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, annouced that the Governor and Legislatue have approved a continuation of the $2,000,000 line item appropriation for workforce development training grants (contract courses) for the 2008-2009 academic year. Proposals are due August 22, 2008.

Click here for the SUNY Memorandum and Program Guidelines PDF (1.6MB)


Adult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data

In Adult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data, the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has teamed with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to provide states with the information needed to assess state performance on adult learning and identify where to direct future strategies.

Click here to go to CAEL's website for more information.


Ohio Stackable Certificates: Models for Success

Community Research Partners, a nonprofit research center that strengthens Ohio communities through data, information and knowledge, attempts to answer the question, "What do adults need in order to succeed in postsecondary education and training?" with their Workforce Research Report titled, Ohio Stackable Certificates: Models for Success. Learn how Ohio is transforming their Workforce Development Education. The certificates are to start with basic skills and move through college-level and job-readiness work. Students also could get advanced, specialized training in their field.

Click here to go to Community Research Partners website for more information and to download the report on the bottom of the page.


June 2008

New York State Commission on Higher Education Releases the Final Report

According to Governor Paterson, "This report recommends major policy changes that, if implemented, will result in the long-term improvement of higher education in New York State. The Commission believes strongly that such changes are needed if New York is to remain competitive in the 21st century, a time when education is more important than ever for the intellectual, cultural and economic wellbeing of our citizens."

View the Commission's Report



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