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NAWB in the News: July 31-August 6


July 31


The White House Press Office 

Remarks by President Trump at Workforce Development Event


“We created 3.7 million new jobs since the election. A number that was unthinkable. Unemployment recently fell to the lowest level in a half a century.  What sounds better?  A half a century or 50 years?  I don’t know. I think half a century, right? (Applause.)  If I had a choice.  In the month of June alone, 600,000 workers entered or reentered the workforce — 600,000. To continue this momentum, we recently established the National Council for the American Worker to develop a national workforce strategy.

Remarks by President Trump at Workforce Development Event

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. What a group. Thank you. Thank you, Governor. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Well, thank you, Ivanka, for the introduction. It is my daughter, so she should probably give me a good introduction — I was counting on that — (laughter) — and for the ...



The Hill

Trump's workforce development plan is missing a critical component


But, as currently structured, the administration’s plan lacks a critical component for success. Driven principally by a panel of administration officials, the initiative risks the same error of previous education and training reform efforts, bypassing the unique insights and expertise of the real experts: business and education practitioners.


August 1

The Daily Herald 

Luggage brings hope

Workforce development boards, NC Works Career Centers and other DWS staff collected luggage and toiletry items by “Prosperity Zones” from May 14 to June 30. On Tuesday, the NC Works of Roanoke Rapids presented the items their staff had collected for the project.

Luggage brings hope

After learning that young people sometimes must pack their belongings in trash bags when entering or transitioning within the out-of-home care system, “Luggage of Hope” was born.



August 3

San Francisco Business Times 

Mayor Breed names Joaquin Torres to lead the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development


San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed appointed Joaquín Torres to lead the Office of Economic and Workforce Development as director. Torres has served as deputy director under mayors Mark Farrell, Ed Lee and Gavin Newsom, and replaces Todd Rufo, who resigned at the end of Farrell's term in June to join Bloomberg Associates, billionaire Mike Bloomberg's philanthropic..

Mayor Breed names Joaquin Torres to lead the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development - San Francisco Business Times

Torres is president of the city's San Francisco Housing Authority Commission, which manages affordable public housing.



Fox Business

For the restaurant industry, workforce development is always on the menu


On July 19, 2018, the National Restaurant Association signed the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers committing to train nearly 370,000 people seeking industry careers over the next five years. Across America, the restaurant industry is on track to employ more than 15 million people in 2018; at the same time, however, restaurant owners and operators consistently report employee recruitment and retention as their biggest challenge.

For the restaurant industry, workforce development is always on the menu

America's restaurants are on track to employ more than 15 million people in 2018 and they need workers.



Triad Business Journal 

State awards $3.2M to Triad workforce initiative


A newly created workforce initiative in the Triad will receive $3.2 million from the General Assembly to support apprenticeships and on-the-job training. The Eastern Triad Workforce Development Initiative will use the money for training materials, apprenticeship employment costs and curriculum in Alamance, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties.

The Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative receives $3.2 million from state - Greensboro - Triad Business Journal

The Eastern Triad Workforce Initiative, which will provide apprenticeship and on-the-job training through four Triad counties, has received $3.2 million from the state.

Des Moines Register 

Audit: Iowa Workforce Development skirted bidding requirements


A state audit of the Iowa Department of Workforce Development found instances of employees inaccurately reporting hours and credit card misuse. The Iowa State Auditor's Office issued the 14-page report Wednesday for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.



West Corp. announces job cuts


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says it will work with the Bay Area and South Central workforce development boards to help the affected workers look for other jobs. West Corporation is an international communication technology company based in Nebraska. It has offices in Appleton, Ashwaubenon, Middleton and Wausau, according to its website.

West Corp. announces job cuts

West Corporation is cutting 148 jobs in the state after a major client canceled its contract.



The Kicker 102.5



Governor Greg Abbott has named Ruth Ruggero Hughs Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the agency announced today. Hughs has served as TWC Commissioner Representing Employers on the three-member Commission since being appointed by the Governor in July 2015.


August 4

The Times-Tribune 

Governor Wolf awards Teacher in the Workplacegrants 


She was able to use her experiences to answer students’ questions and give them a real idea of what the health care field is like. The state Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through local workforce development boards across the state. 

Unconventional schools chief takes reins in Teaneck


Before becoming Passaic County superintendent, Irving worked as the head of the Passaic County Workforce Development Board and served as the director of the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America, a nonprofit that provides training for schools and organizations.


The Brookings Register 

SD university system has new leader


Prior to his time in Arkansas and Oklahoma, Beran served as a senior administrator at community colleges in Massachusetts and Missouri. At the beginning of his career, he was a faculty member at the university and community college level in Texas. He is also active professionally, with current service on the Arkansas Career Education and Workforce Development Board, representing the Arkansas university presidents and chancellors, and on the state Chamber of Commerce’s board of director   


August 5 

Workforce Development Board Launches Age Forward Employer Recognition Program


The ‘Age Forward Employer Award’ will honor employers who recognize the value of older workers and maximize the potential of their workers as they age, by embracing their multigenerational workplace. “Over the years we have invested in a number of programs that were designed to increase the hire-ability of 55+ individuals,” says David Augustino, Executive Director of the Cape and Islands Workforce Development Board


Richland Source 

Shrinking the skills gap through workforce development


In today’s economy, the talent needs of businesses are changing rapidly. Which means workers will need to be more flexible, adaptable and ready to acquire new knowledge and skills in real time. A “skills gap” occurs when the number of jobs available exceeds the number of qualified applicants for those jobs.


August 6

Reno Gazette Journal 

Google announces $100,000 for Nevada workforce development


Google is doubling down on digital literacy and workforce development in Nevada, investing $100,000 with state partner JOIN Inc. to help Nevadans develop digital skills. The company officially unveiled the partnership on Monday as part of its Grow With Google event at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno.

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