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Workplace - Spring 2016
The National Council for Workforce Education

Spring 2016

Annual Conference Update
Planning for the 2016 Annual Conference is underway - “Keeping the Promises of Workforce Education.” The conference will be held October 12-13, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta Georgia. Workshop strands include: Accelerating Workforce Education, Skill Development, and Structured Pathways; Funding Student Success and Skill Attainment; TAACCCT: More Lessons Learned, and What Happens After TAACCCT?; Equity and Diversity in Workforce Development; and Applied Baccalaureate and Workforce Upskilling.

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Building Community Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Workers
Last year, the National Council for Workforce Education received funding from the Ford Foundation for “Building Community Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Workers." This initiative was designed to replicate and expand effective community college/ worker center/community-based organization partnerships to address the workforce development needs of immigrants and immigrant workers. Read more about each of the teams including their progress to date.

This year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is funding Phase II of the initiative. Seven of the eight original teams will build off their successes in year one, and most will offer new workforce training programs specifically designed for immigrants and/or day laborers. In addition, the Aspen Institute will conduct research to gain a better understanding of key themes around partnership building between immigrant-serving organizations and community colleges. Click to Learn More about BCPIW and other NCWE Projects and Initiatives

National Safety Education Study
The National Council for Workforce Education is supporting and endorsing a research study on the status of health and safety education in post-secondary career technical education (CTE) construction programs. This research is being conducted by University of California – Berkeley and West Virginia University and is funded by The Center for Construction Research and Training through its National Construction Center cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In the next few months, if you are an administrator of a post-secondary construction program, you may be contacted by the researchers inviting your school to participate in surveys on health and safety education. We strongly encourage you to participate in this important research study. Scholarships of $500 will be made available to 40 construction students attending schools that participate in surveys of administrators, instructors, and students. For more information on the study or on how to participate, click here or go to

NCWE in the News
NCWE Executive Director, Dr. Darlene G. Miller, authored an article for the online newsletter Evolllution. Read the article, “Community Colleges and the New Workforce Development Ecosystem”

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock from the National Skills Coalition has written two blogs about the BCPIW initiative. The first, titled “California Program Connects Day Laborers to Community College,” features the partnership between Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Community Job Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Read the blog. The second blog features the partnership between Westchester Community College and Neighbors Link Northern Westchester. Read the blog titled “Skill Building in a Community Setting”

As part of BCPIW, Neighbors Link Northern Westchester (NLNW) and Westchester Community College (WCC) completed their first Home Companion program. This new program combines contextualized English as a Second Language (ESL) with specific career skills to improve employment opportunities. The program had a whopping 97% retention rate with 21 students completing! See Photos of the pot luck dinner and graduation ceremony.

Career Opportunities
Colleges and may post open positions on the NCWE website. To post a job or look for a new career opportunity, click on the icon below.

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