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Workforce System Strategies Fall Reads

With the end of summer fast approaching, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming school year; and in that spirit, the Workforce System Strategies (WSS) Team has some “Fall reads” for you to enjoy as you soak up those last few rays of summer sunshine. In this one-pager, you will find summaries of three reports that highlight some of the work that community colleges across the country are doing to train individuals to meet the workforce needs of in-demand industries. Remember, if you are looking for evidence-based research and emerging practices, Workforce System Strategies is the place to start on WorkforceGPS.

A “Novel” Approach to Serving Individuals with Complex Stories

Speaking of books, many states and local areas have expressed a need for tools that help American Job Centers (AJCs) coordinate staff and partners to work collaboratively across programs. Enter AJC Customer Flow Scenarios. This newly released tool features five illustrated stories that represent scenarios of customer experiences and the guidance an AJC staff member might provide. These stories demonstrate the characteristics of a high-quality one-stop center, as described in TEGL 04-15.

Collection Spotlight: LMI Central

This month, the WorkforceGPS Team would like to introduce you to LMI Central, a portal to innovative and relevant sources of workforce and labor market information for data-driven planning.  The Labor Market Information (LMI) Central collection (or LMI Central for short) provides a diverse palette of LMI resources to assist you in “painting a picture” of your labor market and to help you improve your employment and training programs and policies. To view this collection and keep abreast of new products, new tools, analysis techniques, and training events, click here.

And In Case You Missed It…

ETA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Byron Zuidema, recently took a look back at the WIOA National Convenings and authored the latest blog post ION; read what he has to say here.


  • Resources for Children of Incarcerated has put together a number of resources for children of incarcerated parents targeted for front line service providers and those directly affected by parental incarceration.
  • A Toolkit for Building Successful Community College-Employer Relationships: This toolkit, created by Brookings Institute, offers practical advice on how community college leaders can take a deliberate approach to communication with potential partners in their community, including local businesses and industry leaders.
  • Layoff Aversion Questions for Business: This document is a tool designed to help you ask the right questions when you are meeting with a business following announcement of a layoff.
  • Apprenticeship Partnership Models in Action: Partnerships are an integral component of successful and strategically sustainable apprenticeship programs. Today’s ApprenticeshipUSA programs frequently feature mutually beneficial collaboration among many partners, including business, labor, education, workforce, and other community organizations. These partnerships are catalysts for ApprenticeshipUSA innovation, growth, and achievement.

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