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October Office Hours are Friday, 10/08

Are you new to Workforce Matters? Just looking for information about how to get more involved? Join us for one of our monthly Office Hours, where you'll have an opportunity to share information about your interests, learn more about Workforce Matters, and connect with other workforce grantmakers who are also seeking out learning and partnership opportunities. Our next Office Hours will be Friday, Ocotober 8th at 12:00 pm eastern.

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Supporting Community College Students with Quality Jobs

Oct 7th | 3:00 pm ET | New America | Online

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Building a More Robust and Equitable Unemployment Insurance System for a 21st Century Economy

Oct 8th 1:00 pm ET | Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

What Does it Take To Transform Persistent Rural Poverty into Opportunity?

Oct 13th | 2:30 pm ET | Urban Institute | Online

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Toward Universal Work-Related Benefits

Oct 13th | 2:00 pm ET | Aspen Institute | Online

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Rebuilding for All - 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit

Oct 14th | Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute | Online

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Racism and the Economy: Focus on the Wealth Divide

Oct 20th | 12:00 pm EDT | Federal Reserve Bank | Online
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Emergency Cash Benefits: Lessons From Innovation and Rapid Response

October 20th, 1:00 pm ET | Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

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Supporting Innovative State Policies: A Case Study of State EITCs

Oct 21st | 1:00 pm ET | EITC Funders Network, Asset Funders Network, and Economic Opportunity Funders | Online

Advance CTE 2021 Fall Meeting

Oct 27-28th | 11:30 pm ET | Online
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new information + resources

Mismatched: The Philanthropic Response to the Call for Racial Justice

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
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CTC Work Requirements Would Reduce Access for Many

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Digital Skills and Older Workers: Supporting Success in Training and Employment in the Digital World

Urban Institute
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Five ways regional leaders can prepare future infrastructure workers now

Brookings Institution
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Increase Adult Ed Funding to Meet Need, Drive Economic Recovery 

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Regulatory Clarity Could Transform the ISA Market


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Black and brown workers saw the weakest wage gains over a 40-year period in which employers failed to increase wages with productivity

Economic Policy Institute

The Words of the Workforce guide

Working Nation

Youth Apprenticeship in Action: Principles in Practice


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The Interview Access Gap for Black Engineers

Karat and Howard University

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The Indispensable Institution: Taking the Measure of Community College Workforce Education

Opportunity America

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IREC, a nonprofit working toward a 100% clean energy future that is reliable, resilient, and equitable, is currently hiring for a Director of Workforce Programs and an Elearning Instructional Designer. Learn More

Many workforce leaders have expressed interest in learning how to conduct their own worker-focused research and have asked for tools to help them build worker input into the design and delivery of programs and business services. In response, Aspen Workforce Strategies Initiative recently announced the release of two beta tools: a guide to conducting worker focus groups and a tool for conducting worker surveys.


The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is looking to identify and fund promising new ideas from organizations working with employers to advance more inclusive practices that improve economic mobility for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. The Fund is particularly excited to meet organizations that: are led and staffed by people who bring lived experience from immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color; center workers’ voices and perspectives in how they design and implement their solutions; and bring a systems-change mindset. Learn More


The National Governors Association is hiring for multiple workforce-focused positions:

  • Policy Analyst, Workforce Development & Economic Policy (workforce development focus): Learn More
  • Policy Analyst, Workforce Development & Economic Policy (economic policy focus): Learn More
  • Legislative Director (education & workforce). Learn More

The Coleridge Initiative has announced a $5M Data Challenge designed to support the further collaboration of state agencies with each other and with their partner organizations that will result in the development of innovative products – such as new linkages of data, data dashboards, data portals, APIs, data models, or code repositories. Learn More

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