CONTACT US   |   Print Page   |   Sign In   |   join.
"Adventures in Philanthropy" Blog
Blog Home All Blogs
Our "Adventures in Philanthropy" blog posts are written by our staff and diverse membership and offer a glimpse into the world of philanthropy, presenting current issues and information relevant to funders, policymakers, members of the media, and those interested in current issues and giving trends.

 

Search all posts for:   

 

Top tags: Adventures in Philanthropy  philanthropy  ABAG By the Numbers  Recent Reports from the Field  Workforce  public policy  BIP  ABAG members  Baltimore  Baltimore Integration Partnership  nonprofits  Affinity Groups  July/August 2014 Members' Memo  Diversity  giving  March 2015 Members' Memo  Maryland Nonprofits  Equity  Inclusion  MdeHN  Education Funders  July/August 2015 Members' Memo  March 2014 Members' Memo  Maryland Environmental Health Network  November 2013 Members' Memo  October 2013 Members' Memo  the giving life  ABAG  april 2014 Members' memo  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative 

The HEART of Workforce in Baltimore and Our Region

Posted By Linda Dworak, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015

By Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

Last week I had the opportunity to speak before 500 people at the Opening Plenary of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions annual meeting held here in Baltimore. I am pleased to share my remarks that touch upon Baltimore, some of the amazing people who are at the heart of workforce innovation, and some of the amazing funders who are investing in this important work:

"Good afternoon and welcome to Baltimore!

We are so glad to host this meeting. We hope you’ll have a great visit - please explore some of our fantastic local restaurants, take a walk along the harbor out to Harbor East, Fells Point or up north to Mount Vernon! Eat some crab and have a great time here!

I’d like to take a moment to thank the team at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions for putting all of this together. They have worked really hard and have crafted a couple of days of incredible events and workshops. What a great team!

How wonderful it is that this meeting is here in Baltimore this year- not just because it’s a fun city to visit, but also because we believe that the opportunities and challenges we face here are emblematic of the economic and workforce situation that is shared by so many cities.

The Baltimore region is among the wealthiest in the country. In fact, this region enjoys among the highest levels of wealth and income in the world! We are ahead of the national average on educational attainment, median income, and unemployment. Our strategically located region is a center of innovation and technology, a home to fast growing companies, and as a major center for higher education, boasts a very highly educated population.

And yet, I am sure that many of you turned on the television last month and saw a very different picture of Baltimore. In the wake of the death of young Freddie Gray in police custody, you saw a Baltimore suffering with frustration, anger, and despair. You probably saw images of homes that had been boarded up – not because of recent violence - and left vacant for many years. You saw poverty, unemployment, and violence in communities where for generations, people have been left out or intentionally excluded from this region’s prosperity though policies and practices, resulting in striking disparities that run through our region on educational, racial and jurisdictional lines.

You saw some of this region’s best assets: men, women, parents and youth - with aspirations and unfulfilled potential, for whom opportunities to participate and gain the benefits of our thriving economy have been out of reach for too long.

And then there is yet a third side to this story of Opportunity and Exclusion… one that was so inadequately portrayed in the national news. I struggled to find a word for this third component of our local reality, so I’m going to call this third piece HEART. By HEART – I am referring to optimism, collaboration and commitment. A strong desire by MANY to work together to build a city and a region that is better – stronger – and that works for EVERYONE.

On the day after the violence where windows were smashed and businesses looted, I was blessed with the opportunity to join hundreds of Baltimoreans who spread out onto every street and vacant lot in the Sandtown neighborhood carrying shovels, brooms and garbage bags, looking for a way to participate and help. People of every race and age were working side by side, talking to each other, united in a common effort. And an UPRISING, not of violence, but of a desire to participate in positive change was so visible and tangible. I was never so proud to live here – to be a part of this place.

A fundamental component of the vast disparity in our region has been the lack of functional pathways to good jobs - middle skill jobs that pay a family sustaining wage. We need more of these types of jobs and better means for getting to them. Businesses in our communities need access to skilled workers and help to connect to the talent we have in our communities.

The work of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative has been to bring together a coalition of stakeholders- philanthropy, public sector actors, employers, non-profits and faith-based organizations to work together to recognize and raise up ALL of the human assets we have in our communities - making quality employment more accessible to more people –working to close that gap in employment opportunity.

Much of our approach has focused on supporting workforce development models that understand the labor market and the key industry sectors – and work with employers in those sectors to build pathways to middle skill jobs while enhancing the competitiveness of industry sectors.

While you are here – I hope you can meet some of the folks who represent this HEART I am speaking of- the ones who get up every morning with optimism and a determination to make our city better.

I hope you will meet:

  • Candace King, a current employee of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who prepared for her job at the BioTechnical Institute of MD where she accessed skills and work experience enabling her to become a Laboratory Technician in one of our region’s strongest industry sectors.

I hope you will also meet:

  • Representatives from a group of bold health care employers who lead the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare – providing on the job coaching to hundreds of front-line workers and developing a new health care apprenticeship program
  • The Greg Richards, the CEO of a weatherization company called EcoMize USA, one of his outstanding employees and the program staff at the Baltimore Center for Green Careers who are working together to build more equitable and sustainable economy by training residents for quality jobs in the growing green economy.
  • Representatives from MD’s EARN program who will talk about how the State has now taken up the industry partnership charge, launching industry lead workforce approaches in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

I also hope you get the chance to chat with:

  • Staff from our great sector partnerships who are helping individuals to obtain employment in construction, deconstruction, manufacturing, culinary/hospitality and transportation and logistics.
  • Members of our local philanthropic community like the Abell Foundation, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Annie E Casey Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and a list of so many others too long to read out loud, who provide critical support for this work.

To enable you to meet up with this outstanding group of funders, policy experts, employers, employees and providers – I am going to embarrass my local friends by asking all of our local Baltimore partners and colleagues with HEART to stand for a moment so you can identify them.

Now I have the opportunity to introduce one of our strong supporters, Judge Ellen Heller, Chair of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Weinberg Foundation helped found the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative and has been a long time major funder of effective workforce practices in Baltimore. It is also a major investor in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Judge Heller is retired from the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, where she was appointed the Judge in Charge of the Civil Docket and ultimately the Circuit Administrative Judge overseeing the entire court—the first woman in Maryland to hold that position. Judge Heller is the former President and Chair of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an international relief organization operating in over 70 countries that has provided rescue, relief, and renewal activities for communities in need since 1914.

In 2009 Judge Heller was inducted into the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame and in 2008 named to the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a board member of a number of philanthropic, policy and higher education institutions and has received a very long list of awards and recognitions for her exemplary work. She has been named one of Maryland’s top 100 Women for three consecutive years.

There is no way my words of introduction can adequately describe the extent and quality of service and leadership that Judge Heller has provided to Maryland. So I will take the honor and privilege of passing this microphone along."

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  BWFC  July/August 2015 Members' Memo  Linda Dworak  Workforce 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative Receives Grant from Walmart Foundation

Posted By Linda Dworak, Monday, March 2, 2015
Updated: Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

By Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative 

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) has been selected as a recipient of a "Delivering the TDL Workforce” initiative grant from the Walmart Foundation. This $220,000 award will allow us to issue sub-grants to Cecil College and Maryland New Directions who will work as a regional partnership to increase access to middle-skill jobs in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) sectors.

The TDL workforce is a critical underpinning of the retail industry, providing much needed integrated warehousing and supply chain management, and serves to link manufacturers and trading partners to wholesalers, retailers, and consumers.

This project is part of a $3 million national initiative of the Walmart Foundation to strengthen and expand training in 10 regions for TDL careers. The Baltimore grant will focus on employment related to the Port of Baltimore, providing training for commercial drivers, forklift operators and certified Global Logistics Associates. The projects will connect underrepresented populations to the industry, with a commitment to serve at least 25 percent female participants. The initiative is part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment over five years to support programs that help increase the economic mobility for entry level workers to advance their careers, in order to promote a stronger workforce.

Both Cecil College and Maryland New Directions received funding through the State’s EARN program in 2014 to launch industry partnerships in this sector. As a nationally recognized collaborative of local and national grantmakers, the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative was invited to apply for the Walmart funds and is helping to grow and sustain the work of these EARN recipients. Both organizations engage deeply with TDL employers to design and implement their strategies. This work helps to advance our mission of providing access to better employment opportunities for low wage job seekers and incumbent workers while supporting area employers to address core human resource needs.

More information about the Walmart initiative is available here.

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to advancing the labor market prospects of unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents while meeting the needs of our region's employers for a skilled workforce. The BWFC is housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  BWFC  March 2015 Members' Memo  Workforce 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

President Obama Announces the Formation of UpSkill America

Posted By Linda Dworak, Thursday, January 22, 2015
January 22, 2015
 
By Linda Dworak
Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
 

"Tonight, I'm also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like CVS and UPS, and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships -- opportunities that give workers the chance to earn higher-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education." – President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015

Yesterday President Obama announced the formation of UpSkill America, an employer-led initiative to expand economic opportunity for American workers.

The critically important and impactful work of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, our nonprofit, public sector and employer partners, and other similar networks of funders and providers in cities across the country has informed the development of this initiative.
 
As a result, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions - of which BWFC is an affiliate - has been asked by the White House to be one of 5 partners in this exciting new effort.

The goals of UpSkill America are very close to a core strategy of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative at ABAG: To promote smart investments in frontline workers in order increase opportunities for family-supporting careers while at the same time helping employers find the talent they need to be successful companies/institutions.

We have much exciting work ahead of us.

Those who have been involved in operating or supporting effective industry focused workforce initiatives in Baltimore should be proud of the critical part you have played in creating the ground work for this Presidential initiative!

I look forward to writing more on UpSkill America in the coming weeks and months.

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to advancing the labor market prospects of unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents while meeting the needs of our region's employers for a skilled workforce. The BWFC is housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  BWFC  January 2015 Members' Memo  President Obama  Upskill America  White House  Workforce 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) 2014 Results

Posted By Linda Dworak, Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
December 31, 2014
 
By Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
 
We've had a busy and succesful year in 2014 and are pleased to share BWFC's 2014 Milestones & Highlights:

BWFC members meet at ABAG each month to discuss strategies and collaborate on efforts to help unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents find jobs and build careers, while meeting employers’ needs for a skilled workforce. BWFC’s work has been focused on helping to launch, sustain and grow industry focused workforce partnerships. 

BWFC members have pooled and aligned over $12Million in funds for sector-specific training providers in Baltimore to date.

In 2014:

BWFC secured $355,000 in new funding from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions/Social Innovation Fund.

Sectoral employment programs in 5 industry sectors received sub-awards from BWFC. BWFC’s support is helping these programs to enroll an additional 203 jobseekers in training and 175 incumbent workers in coaching in 2014. At least 25 (12%) of the 203 new enrollees are projected to be young adults ages 18-24. Since 2006, BWFC has helped support training for over 1200 jobseekers with program placement rates averaging between 70-80%.

BWFC oversaw progress on 7 Industry Engagement Support grants. With funding provided through NFWS/SIF and Living Cities, these grants were awarded by ABAG to six sectoral training programs resulting in deepened employer engagement and/or more robust employer partnerships. 

BWFC helped in the launch/development of two new industry partnerships: one on Manufacturing and one in Transportation and Logistics.

    • Manufacturing: BWFC took steps to help replicate the successful Chicago-based Careers in Manufacturing program by inviting the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) to come to Baltimore. BWFC convened local investors  to meet with JARC and provided $30,000 in seed funding to JARC to develop a replication, implementation and funding plan.To date, an additional $340,000 has been committed by BWFC partners to launch this exciting sectoral workforce initiative to be housed at Baltimore’s new Regional Skills Center on Park Heights Avenue.
    • Transportation and Logistics: Following on the work of the Opportunity Collaborative in mapping career pathways in this sector, Maryland New Directions has established a new Maritime Transportation and Logistics Industry Partnership. The partnership subsequently received an EARN implementation grant. BWFC is working with MND and Cecil College to apply for funding to expand this program in 2015.

Through its capacity-building activities, BWFC augmented the ability of local providers to design and deliver quality workforce services.

 The Spotlight on Sector Speaker Series provided a forum for Baltimore City workforce practitioners to learn and explore strategic components of effective sector-based workforce practice by hearing from model programs outside of Baltimore and participating in a facilitated discussion forum. BWFC held two Spotlight in 2014. These events drew an audience of 30-60 workforce practitioners, policy-makers and investors.

The Data Users Group helped local workforce providers to plan for and implement quality data collection, management and review practices. The group met throughout the year. Approximately 8 organizations participated in the group.

• BWFC financed the participation by 12 Baltimore-area organizations representing 18 workforce programs in the National Benchmarking Network. Each organization was given individualized reports and has the opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from the Benchmarking Network staff. Summary findings were also presented to the BWFC funders.

BWFC and the ABAG Workforce Affinity group hosted several events for ABAG members including:

• Literacy and Numeracy Deficiencies – Featured Speakers: Kisha Bird and Neil Ridley, CLASP and Martha Holleman (local consultant)

• Social Innovation Fund Briefing – Featured Speaker: Lois Nembhard, Deputy Director, Social Innovation Fund

• Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Featured Speaker: Rachel Gragg, National Skills Coalition

• College Achievement – Model for Year 1 – Featured Speaker: Wes Moore, Bridge EdU

Through our communications efforts, BWFC: 

• Produced new marketing materials and profiles of workshop partnerships

• Upgraded our website (to be released in early 2015)

• Posted blogs through the ABAG blog

• Conducted a radio interview on WYPR (an NPR station)

• Developed site visit plan for White House resulting in July 2014 visit by US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland

• Coordinated with National Fund for Workforce Solutions to produce a JPMorganChase/Politico profile of the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland

In June 2014, BWFC coordinated the participation of multi-stakeholder group at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions conference in Chicago

BWFC is thrilled that the National Fund for Workforce Solutions will hold the 2015 conference here in Baltimore. Look out for news from us about how you can participate! 

Throughout the year, BWFC participated intensively in a number of collaborative and  collective impact efforts including: The Opportunity Collaborative, the Baltimore City Opportunity Youth Collaborative, Baltimore’s Promise, and the Baltimore Integration Partnership. Each of these have their own long lists of accomplishments in 2014. We congratulate our colleagues on their great work! 

All of us at the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to advancing the labor market prospects of unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents while meeting the needs of our region's employers for a skilled workforce. The BWFC is housed at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  BWFC  Workforce 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Meets With ABAG Members

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Monday, July 28, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

By Adam Donaldson, ABAG Member Services Director 

On Thursday, July 25, 2014, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined members of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers for a recurring conversation on "a shared vision for the city.”

The Mayor named five priorities to achieve her goal to grow Baltimore by 10,000 families "by attracting new residents and making the decision easy for current residents to stay.”

  1. Make Baltimore safer
  2. Get our fiscal house in order
  3. Create jobs and access to jobs
  4. Develop clean and healthy communities
  5. Improve schools

This is the third time ABAG members met with Mayor Rawlings-Blake. ABAG regularly invites public leaders and agents from all levels of government to meet with members as part our public policy work. We think about public policy less often as legislative activity and more often as sharing strategies and aligning work between government and philanthropyto build stronger communities. As the Mayor said Thursday, "We live in a world where we have to be efficient and effective with our resources.” That starts with engaging partners.

In addressing particular areas where philanthropy can help right now through funding and expertise, the Mayor spent time detailing Youth Connection Centers, Job Readiness, and INSPIRE - community engagement in school construction.

Youth Connection Centers 

Under a new curfew law that has supporters and critics, children under 14 must be off the street at 9:00PM. Children 14 to 16 are able to stay out until 10:00PM on school nights and 11 p.m. on weekends and over the summer. Under existing law in place for two decades but not always enforced, all children and teens younger than 17 could stay out until 11:00PM on weeknights and until midnight on weekends. Found children will be escorted to Youth Connection Centers. There are currently two located in East and West Baltimore with plans to create nine. The parents or guardians face a fine of $500, but the fine can be waived if the family participates in social services. The stated goal is not criminal punishment but rather to connect families to needed help. Investments in family services and the Centers are welcome. Read more in this Sun Article

Job Readiness

The Mayor highlighted recent job growth. To access jobs, she emphasized, Baltimore residents from distressed communities need additional support with remedial education, job credentials and certifications, and soft skills (time management, accepting feedback, etc). ABAG projects the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) and Baltimore Integration Partnership (BIP) are among efforts underway in job readiness.

INSPIRE Program

Through the 21st Century School Initiative $1.1 Billion will be invested to renovate or replace approximately 30 Baltimore Schools. The Planning Department has begun developing a planning program for the neighborhoods around each of the new/renovated schools (quarter mile radius). The program is called INSPIRE, which stands for Investing in Neighborhoods and Schools to Promote Improvement, Revitalization, and Excellence. The challenge before the Planning Department is that not all neighborhoods have equal capacity to participate in a planning process. There is need to build and strengthen neighborhood associations and support community organizing.

ABAG members in their turn highlighted priorities through questions to the Mayor. These included exchanges on:

  1. Journey Home Plan and youth homelessness;
  2. Role of anchor hospitals and universities;
  3. Infrastructure improvements including a public advisory group for the newly implemented storm water utility;
  4. Healthy food access;
  5. Vacant lots and Growing Green Initiative;
  6. Affordable housing;
  7. Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs;
  8. and trash.

The number of topics and concerns did feel overwhelming. As time ran out with a dozen raised hands, it also felt great to be surrounded by institutions and people wanting to help. And the Mayor concluded there is "more to do; more to do.”

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Baltimore Integration Partnership  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  July/August 2014 Members' Memo  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake  Public Policy 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions

Posted By Linda Dworak, Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
July 1, 2014
 
By Linda Dworak
Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
 
I was happy to watch as three Baltimore healthcare providers were recognized as 2014 "Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions” recently for their investments in skill and career development of frontline workers. The awards were presented at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) in Chicago.

The award ceremony was attended by an enthused Baltimore contingent comprised of several ABAG members, non-profit workforce providers and the recipient employers who traveled to Chicago together to attend the meeting.
 
The awardees - Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Lifebridge Health, and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital - were recognized for their significant investments in skills and career development opportunities for their frontline workers. For more than a decade, these investments have been bolstered by local philanthropic support provided to the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH).

BACH is a strategic industry partnership involving seven major healthcare systems in the Baltimore region. BACH seeks to broker the collective capacities of the healthcare, philanthropic, governmental and educational organizations in Baltimore to prepare and advance entry level workers and to address the region’s healthcare workforce shortages.
 
BACH is supported by a number of ABAG members and is one of the core initiatives supported by the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative at ABAG.

In addition to the awards presentation, the NFWS meeting focused on effective community-based strategies and policy initiatives aimed at improving employment outcomes for low wage adults. In his keynote address at the meeting, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez commended ABAG and our members for our longstanding commitment to supporting model workforce development initiatives in the Baltimore region.

The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, hosted by ABAG, is a member of NFWS’s national network of over 30 funder collaboratives, all of which are focused on career advancement for low-wage workers and job seekers. Members of the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative align resources to address workforce and economic development challenges through community-designed strategies built on industry partnerships, regional characteristics, and evidence-based research.

In June 2015, the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative will host the annual NFWS meeting here in Baltimore. It will be a great opportunity for Baltimore to showcase more of our great efforts to a national audience.
 
I look forward to having more ABAG members in attendance!

 Attached Thumbnails:

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  July/August 2014 Members' Memo 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Closing the Skills Gap

Posted By Linda Dworak, Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

By Linda Dworak
Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative

We are delighted to share a link to content published in yesterday’s Politico Magazine which highlights the great work of the one of our local partners – the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland (BTI).
 

BTI is one of several highly effective industry sector-oriented workforce programs supported by the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative, housed at ABAG. With a high level of engagement with employers along with quality training, case management and job placement services, BTI enables unemployed and underemployed Baltimore residents to initiate careers in our local biotech sector.

The Politico segment features Melody Barnes, chair of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and former assistant to the president and director of the United States Domestic Policy Council, who is interviewed by Chauncy Lennon, managing director of global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase, about what works to close the skills gap.



The accompanying video, “Closing the Skills Gap,” showcases BTI and includes an interview with Fred Dedrick of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
 

BWFC was delighted to support BTI and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions in making this media piece possible.

To read the interview with Melody Barnes and watch the video, click here.



The Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative (BWFC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to advancing the labor market prospects of unemployed and underemployed Baltimore City residents while meeting the needs of our region's employers for a skilled workforce.


For More Information

Contact me, Linda Dworak at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers by phone: 410-410-727-1205 or email: ldworak@abagrantmakers.org

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  BWFC  Workforce  Workforce Development  Workforce Funders Collaborative 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Big Week for Workforce Development

Posted By Linda Dworak, Monday, February 3, 2014
February 3, 2014
 
By Linda Dworak, Director, Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative
 
Last week, I represented the Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative at the annual site directors meeting of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions in Dallas.
 
It was fun to be watching the State of the Union address with my workforce colleagues from across the country. The President’s speech highlighted the need to support quality industry-led workforce preparation strategies - just the sort that our local funders’ collaborative has long supported and promoted. The President talked about the important role of sector-based strategies, apprenticeship programs, and community colleges access and completion efforts, all aimed at helping employers fill vacancies and at getting workers back into quality careers.

As advocates for this work, my colleagues and I applauded as he announced a new government-wide initiative, led by Vice President Biden, to re-tool our nation’s workforce education and training programs so they are more responsive to the needs of local industry, and more effective in helping local folks gain access to skilled jobs with good wages.

On Friday, corporate leaders, local employers, philanthropists, and other workforce partnership innovators attended a White House event with President Obama to discuss what can be done to help our nation's 4 million long-term unemployed.
 
The ideas and strategies of ABAG’s workforce funders’ collaborative were well represented by a host of familiar speakers- many of whom have worked alongside us promoting and supporting common strategies in their communities across the country.

At the event, President Obama announced that he is dedicating $150 million in new support from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for "job-driven training partnerships.” What great news!

The White House also released a report focused on the long-term unemployed. It includes examples of sector partnerships serving the long-term unemployed and others who need new skills for a good-paying job.

Tags:  Baltimore Workforce Funders Collaborative  February 2014 Members' Memo  Linda Dworak 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal