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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a national initiative founded to create and implement innovative approaches to developing career paths for the unemployed and underemployed, particularly low-wage workers, with a focus on closing the skills gap. Resulting programs are currently in place in 30 communities nationwide. Each community implements a customized version of the model with local employers in workforce partnerships. Together, they analyze the local labor market, identify current and future employer needs in industries key to that community, and develop training and career pathway programs that meet those needs. To learn more, visit

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How to Become a Health Care Employer of Choice by Investing in Your Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Enactment of the Affordable Care Act legislation is transforming the delivery of health care, with an objective to make it more accessible and affordable. With these lofty goals, how can health care organizations ensure they are competitive amid a rapidly changing health care landscape? How can they attract and retain...

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Frontline Healthcare Workers are Key to Making ACA Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM

By Jan Hunter, Director, CareerSTAT, and Dr. Randall Wilson, Senior Project Manager, Jobs for the Future

Healthcare consumers aren't the only ones impacted by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This game-changing legislation carries far-reaching impacts for thousands of frontline healthcare workers across the U.S....

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Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 11:28 AM

If you've entered a hospital lately, whether for a routine medical test or complex surgical procedure, you might think that nurses or doctors would provide most of your care. In fact, the reality is that frontline workers--ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff--play a vital,...

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Gateway Community and Technical College Employs Multi-Faceted Approach to Attack Jobs Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:27 PM

It's a jobs gap. No, it's a skills gap. Whatever it is, the fact remains that 12 million Americans are out of work. The only sure-fire solution is to help them find a job, one person at a time. In Northern Kentucky, Gateway Community and Technical College is...

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Getting Back to Work: Funders Partner to Invest in Training that Makes a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Four months after being laid off from her job as a mail operator at a local Baltimore business, Caléche Arrington applied to participate in a program she hoped would prepare her for employment in Baltimore's growing biotechnical sector. With a husband also unemployed and four daughters to support, 30-year-old Caléche...

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CareerEdge Uses Sector-Based Approach to Close Florida's Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:17 PM

As a single mother and soon-to-be, first-time grandmother, Maria desperately needed to find work. Unfortunately, she'd been out of the workforce so long, her skills were no longer applicable to the marketplace.

Fortunately, Maria heard about CareerEdge, a non-profit, public-private partnership serving the Manatee-Sarasota region of Florida....

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'Building Futures' Inspires Unemployed, Helps Meet D.C.-Area Construction Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 5:01 PM

By Kathleen McKirchy

Charmecca Turner just began her third week as an apprentice with Sheet Metal Workers 100 and still bubbles over with excitement for what she is learning. "Every day I learn something new and am really fascinated by all that I'm gonna learn in the future," exudes Turner....

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Expanding Opportunities for Better Jobs in Atlanta

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 1:09 PM

By Katey Ceccarelli, Atlanta CareerRise

Sherry Williams believes in writing down her plans. "If you put something on paper, you can work toward it." Williams was working as a part-time food service liaison at WellStar Paulding Hospital in Dallas, Ga., when she made the decision to take her plans...

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A Solution for 'Help Wanted': Partnering With Employers

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 8:00 AM

It's a sad truth: More than 20 million Americans are looking for full-time work. The major reason is that the U.S. economy is not creating enough jobs to give everyone an opportunity to find a career where they can support their family. America needs greater investments in job creation. But...

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