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Weekly Podcasts hosted by the National Association of Workforce Board’s President/CEO Ron Painter, as he interviews public & private sector leaders in workforce development, education, business and economic development on key workforce issues and investment strategies to help America compete globally.

E49: Welcome to Season Three


Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) shares his reflections on the current state of the workforce system and what to expect from season 3 of Workforce Central. Discover the themes that will be explored in upcoming episodes. 



Takeaways From The Episode:

  • The workforce system is in a state of flux 
  • One of the upcoming themes for season 3 is advocacy 
  • Futures thinking was one of the most popular themes in season 2 
  • Season 3 will feature interviews with legends from the workforce industry 

E48: Labor Market Exclusion- Lessons for Workforce Boards


Jerry Paytas, VP of Analytics at Fourth Economy, discusses the challenge of labor market exclusion and the lessons for workforce boards. Discover why full employment has not led to rising incomes for all and what can be done to help those who have been excluded from the labor market to find meaningful work.



Takeaways From The Episode:


  • A large number of people are being excluded from the unemployment count
  • People who are institutionalized are not counted in the labor market analytics
  • Full employment is not translating into a good living for all US citizens
  • As people age, job mobility becomes more difficult


E47: Labor Market Challenges and Opportunities


Paul Harrington, Director of The Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University, returns to the program to discuss the opportunities and challenges of full employment in the labor market, as well as the importance of including young people in the labor pool.



Takeaways From The Episode:

  • It is crucial to get young people back into the labor market
  • Students who work during high school do better overall in the job market
  • Ex-offenders would benefit from a public works program to help assess their work ethic
  • As the labor market tightens, wages at the bottom of the labor market will improve

E46: The Challenge of Full Employment


NAWB President and CEO Ron Painter discusses the challenge of full employment in the US labor market and reveals some upcoming guests who will providing advice and tips regarding what this means for workforce boards as well as possible solutions. 




Takeaways From The Episode


  • The US labor market is nearing full employment
  • The low unemployment rate creates a challenge for workforce boards
  • Companies can no longer rely on "churn" to replenish their labor supply
  •  President Trump will be discussing the importance of apprenticeships


E45: Building Careers In the Restaurant and Hotel Industries


Wendi Safstrom, the Vice President, Programs and Administration at The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Shelly Weir,  Senior Vice President of Career Development at The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF)discuss the work that their foundations are doing respectively to provide labor talent to their industries. This episode was recorded live at The Forum 2017.



Takeaways From The Episode:

  • The NRAEF is creating robust programming for opportunity youth
  • AHLEF awards a lapel pin to those who complete their certification
  • The NRAEF focused on management skills, not just culinary skills, in their apprenticeship program
  • The hotel industry is looking for additional opportunities to partner with the workforce system


E44: The Construction Industry-Workforce Challenges and Opportunities


Recorded live at The Forum 2017, Mike Glavin from Associated Builders and Contractors discusses the labor challenges facing the construction industry. Discover industry trends, as well as the opportunities that exist in the construction industry and the steps that the industry is taking to develop future talent.



Takeaways from the episode:

    • ABC's member companies train over 470,000 individuals annually
    • There are many entrepreneurial opportunities for workers
    • There is a predicted 1.1 million person labor shortage in the industry over the next decade
    • The construction industry includes technical and management positions

E43: The Role of Workforce in Economic Development


This episode features an interview with Tom Murphy, a former mayor of Pittsburgh and ULI Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development. Tom discusses the important role that the workforce system plays in economic development, and the efforts that his administration made to rebuild Pittsburgh after the decline of the steel industry.



Takeaways From The Episode:

  • Between 1970-1990 about 50,000 people a year were leaving Pittsburgh
  • Companies have been increasingly relocating from suburban areas to cities
  • Many economic leaders are largely unaware of workforce development boards
  • Where people work and the skills they need will be the driving forces behind the success of US cities 


E42: The Forum 2017- Takeaways and Opportunities


Doug Foresta, producer of Workforce Central, hosts this special follow up episode to the The NAWB Forum 2017. You'll hear from attendees  about what they value most about NAWB and some of the challenges that they are facing in their region, and how they are going about solving those challenges.



Takeaways From the Episode

  • Members find NAWB gives them a national perspective on workforce issues
  • Forum attendees had a variety of roles, from leadership to direct service
  • Many attendees shared the importance of telling workforce stories from their region
  • The most common challenge that attendees shared was needing to address the skills gap

E41: Lessons From An Award Winning Industry Partnership


This episode features an interview with Judy McDonald, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in Texas and Jon Gustafson  from Lockheed Martin Corporation, as they discuss how they were able to create a successful industry partnership. Judy is the 2017 recipient  of the WIOA Trailblazer Award. Discover the key takeaways from this partnership and the lessons for workforce boards across the U.S.




Takeaways From The episode: 

  • Workforce boards need to continually focus on how they can add value
  • There has to be a leadership commitment on the business side 
  • A successful industry consortium needs to have multiple champions
  • Having 1-1 conversations with industry leaders can provide valuable feedback 

E40: Lessons From The Gold Standard Evaluation


Kenneth Fortson, senior economist and associate director for research at Mathametica Policy Research, joins the program to discuss the results from the Gold Standard Evaluation and the takeaways for workforce boards. Discover some of the most surprising findings from the study thus far, and the implications for the workforce system. 




Takeaways From the Episode:

  • The Gold Standard Evaluation was funded by the Department of Labor 
  • The study included people from 200 American Job Centers in 28 local areas
  • Participating in a training program initially lowered a study participant's earnings 
  • People with intensive services earned about 15% more than those without those services

E39: Evaluation and Return on Investment in Workforce


Dr. Christopher King joins Ron Painter to discuss evaluation and return on investment (ROI) in the workforce development system. Dr. King shares what he looks for in an evaluation report and what workforce boards need to think about when it comes to evaluation. 





Takeaways From the Episode:

  • Independent evaluations are generally preferable
  • Evaluations should make their assumptions transparent
  • There is a trend towards evidence based policy making 
  • With training investments it usually takes 18+ months to overtake earnings to a comparison group

E38: Ron Painter on Evaluation in Workforce


Ron Painter, CEO of NAWB, discusses the importance of evaluation in workforce, beyond compliance requirements.  Ron shares his thoughts about how workforce boards and workforce systems need to be thinking about evaluation and shares how members can access additional resources about evaluation.





Takeaways From The Episode

  • Every workforce program requires an investment of time, money or both
  • Capital investments are crucial for workforce systems
  • We need to look at the financial payoff for investment in human capital
  • We need to be careful about describing workforce programs as "free" as all programs require some form of investment

E37: How Workforce Boards Can Engage in Education Policy


Mary Gardner Clagett, Director for National Workforce Policy for Jobs for the Future, joins Ron Painter as a co-host. Discover why workforce boards should care about education policy and how boards can effectively engage in shaping educational policy and programming.




Takeaways From The Episode:  

  • The new administration may focus more on student outcomes in higher education. 
  • CTE programs can be an important entry point for students to career pathways
  • Over half of all recipients of financial aid are nontraditional students
  • By 2020, 60% of all US jobs will require some form of postsecondary education and training
E36: The Future of Workforce In A Jobless Era- Part Two


This episode continues the conversation with Josh Copus, Vice President and COO of NAWB, as he discusses lessons and takeaways from his paper "Proactive Policy Making For A Jobless Era." Josh discusses what workforce boards need to know and keep in mind related to the future of work and jobs.




Takeaways From The Episode:

  • Technologies like Uber have created new work opportunities for millions of people
  • The gig economy can decouple jobs from traditional employer benefits
  • Workforce boards need to look at whether new job opportunities are providing a sustainable living for workers
  • Workforce boards are now in the middle of a conversation about the kinds of industry that they want to have in their community

Click here to read Josh’s paper.

E35: The Future of Workforce In A Jobless Era- Part One


This episode features Josh Copus, Vice President and COO of NAWB, as he discusses lessons and takeaways from his paper "Proactive Policy Making For A Jobless Era." Josh discusses the shift that will need to occur in the workforce system with the shifting nature of work and jobs.



Takeaways From The Episode:

  • Only 6% of the world's population has access to a great job
  • Purposeful work could be the most valuable community in the future
  • As the nature of work and jobs change, the role of government will change as well
  • Jobs in the future will not have the same level of security as in the past

E34: How The Solar Industry Creates Good Jobs


This episode features an interview with Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director of The Solar Foundation, as she discusses the work that they are doing to accelerate the adoption of solar energy. You'll discover what workforce boards need to know about the solar industry and how solar energy is helping to  create well paying jobs across the United States.




Takeaways From the Episode:                                                     

  • Solar jobs can be found in all 50 states
  • Solar jobs pay above average and there is a low education barrier to entry
  • There is not yet a distinct career path in the solar industry
  • The Solar Training Network is helping to meet the workforce needs of the solar industry

E33: Turning Job Seekers into Entrepreneurs


This episode features an interview with Angela Pate, President and CEO of Focused Management Solutions, Inc and Jamie Grooms, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AxoGen Corporation as they discuss their work with Startup Quest and how it benefits job seekers. Angela and Jamie discuss the outcomes of the program as well as lessons for workforce boards.




Takeaways from the Episode:

  • Mentorship and team based collaboration was crucial for success
  • The participants experienced an empowering mindset shift
  • Governance is essential for a successful start up company
  • There was an 85 million dollar yearly economic impact from the program


E32: Connecting Talent to the Labor Market- With Phil Blair


Phil Blair, President/CEO of Manpower San Diego, discusses how he identifies areas in the job market that are most in need of talent and how job seekers can give themselves the best opportunity to get the job that they want. Phil also shares his perspective on the current job market and what it means for employers and employees.



Takeaways from the Episode: 

  • The labor market is looking for very niche skill sets
  • You need to identify what areas you are passionate about as a job seeker
  • You want to list accomplishments, not duties, on your resume
  • You want to identify the sectors that are currently hiring in your area 

E31: Economic Trends- With Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.  


This episode features the return of Dr. Jerry Paytas from Fourth Economy Consulting as he discusses the current state of the economy, trends that workforce boards should be aware of, and his thoughts about the impact of the upcoming election on the overall U.S. economy.






Takeaways From the Episode:  


  • There has been a decrease in the number of long term unemployed
  • Energy producing regions of the US have been doing well in terms of job growth
  • The economic expansion may continue for another year or two
  • There is still a fundamental disjoint between GDP growth and job growth overall 

E30: What Workforce Boards Need to Know About Dental Therapy


This episode features an interview with Shelly Gehshan of the Gehshan Group as she discusses the emerging field of dental therapy in the US and what workforce boards need to know.





  • 2/3 of Americans lack access to dental care
  • Telehealth can extend dental care into rural areas
  • Dental therapists are part of a dental team, under a dentist
  • Most dentists find dental therapists help expand their practice 


E29: Congressman George Miller on Workforce and WIOA


This episode features an interview with former U.S. Representative George Miller as he discusses the current state of the workforce system, his thoughts about WIOA, and what needs to change to improve outcomes for American workers and their families. 



Takeaways from the Episode: 

  • Innovation is crucial to a thriving US economy
  • There is a highly partisan environment in the current political cycle
  • There is a need for public participation in workforce issues
  • Workforce boards have broadened their participation over the past 2 years 


E28: Futures Thinking in Workforce

This episode features the return of Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses updates in futures thinking in workforce, and what workforce boards need to know.





  • With increased turbulence in the workforce there is a growing interest in futures thinking
  • Many sectors are thinking about scenario based planning
  • There is a lot of interest in futures thinking about automation in the workforce 
  • You can't study the future, but you can study history and what it might say about the future


E27: How the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Workforce


This episode features an interview with Alice M. Warner, Director of Policy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as she discusses some of the initiatives that the foundation is funding that serve the workforce system. Discover the mission and vision of the Kellogg Foundation, and what workforce professionals and boards need to know when it comes to children's oral health initiatives as well as the emerging profession of dental therapy.


Takeaways from the Episode: 

  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has funded dental hygiene since the 1950's
  • Dental therapists in Alaska serve the communities that they come from
  • Dental therapy improves health outcomes and quality of care
  • The mission of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is centered around increasing the well being of children

E26: Introduction to Season Two



In this episode NAWB CEO Ron Painter discusses the themes that will be covered in the 2016-2017 season of Workforce Central, as well as the current challenges and opportunities in workforce.


Takeaways from the episode:

  • The new app for Workforce Central is now live for iOs and Android
  • The new federal budget will be challenging for the workforce system
  • Some states like California are continuing to invest in workforce
  • Themes for 2016-2017 include pay for performance and promising practices


E25: Recap of Workforce Central 2015-2016


This episode features a recap of major themes from 2015-2016 with examples from episodes covering topics including youth employment, the human cost of disruption and innovation and the need to build partnerships.



Takeaways from the episode: 

  • Youth employment emerged as a major trend in 2015-2016
  • There is an increasing need for workforce boards to build partnerships
  • Innovation and disruption create a human toll on job creation and growth
  • We encourage you to let us know what topics you want to see covered in future episodes

E24: How Technology Benefits Workforce and Literacy


This episode features an interview with Mitch Rosin of Aztec Software as he discusses the impact that technology is having on workforce and literacy efforts. Discover how technology plays a key role in WIOA and the lessons for workforce.




Takeaways from the Episode:

  • The U.S. lags behind many developed countries in literacy
  • Literacy challenges are correlated with higher health care costs
  • The use of technology is embedded throughout WIOA
  • Familiarity with technology is becoming more of a requirement to get a good job 


E23: How Futurists Analyze Workforce Trends


This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016. 




Takeaways From The Episode: 

  • Futurists analyze but do not predict trends
  • You can do a historical analysis of an industry to understand patterns
  • Workforce is a system that sits between other systems
  • A good futurist always questions their data and assumptions

E22: Creating An Engaging and Inspiring Workplace


This episode features an interview with Jacob Morgan, bestselling author and futurist, as he discusses the changing nature of work and how to create work environments that are inspiring and engaging, as well as the lessons for workforce. The interview was recorded at NAWB Forum 2016. 



Takeaways from the Episode:


  • There is a mindset shift from people needing to be in a job to wanting to be there
  • Organizations need to do a better job at creating modern, relevant training programs
  • You want to be able to spot organizations that empower and encourage employees
  • Even low skilled workers will have more choices of how to earn income


E21: How Walmart Is Supporting Workforce


This episode was recorded at the NAWB Forum 2016 and features an interview with Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. Discover the various ways that Walmart is investing in developing the workforce of the future and how they are supporting the workforce system overall. 





Takeaways From The Episode:

  • 75% of Walmart store managers started as hourly employees
  • Walmart was named #4 on Fortune's "Change the World" list 
  • Walmart's purchase order is a powerful tool to create social change
  • Companies are recognizing that they need to invest in the systems they rely on 

E20: Building Business and Workforce Partnerships


This episode was recorded live at the NAWB Forum 2016 and features interviews with W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award Winners Will Davis and Kristin Dailey. Discover how BayCare Health System and CareerSource Pinellas County have partnered to create better outcomes for employees and the takeaways and lessons learned. 



Takeaways From The Episode: 

  • BayCare has a strategic goal to be the happiest place to work
  • Employers of choice need to drive the education experience of their area
  • The health care industry has a clearly defined career ladder
  • Private industry and workforce can partner to create better outcomes for all 



E19: Workforce Lessons From California 


This episode features an interview with Bob Lanter, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association. Bob discusses the "slingshot" initiative in California and the lessons for other states, as well as the important role that workforce boards can play in breaking down the silos of various systems and creating better outcomes for their region.




Takeaways from the episode: 

  • California has focused a lot of effort on filling career pipelines
  • The "slingshot" initiative has helped break down silos among various systems
  • Workforce boards need to focus on building partnership at local and regional levels
  • Businesses are looking for a more streamlined pathway to the labor force


E18: How Workforce Can Partner with Adult Education


This episode features an interview with Jeff Carter, the executive director of The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. Jeff discusses the biggest misconceptions about literacy and adult learning, how workforce can partner with the literacy system to achieve better outcomes, and the top things for workforce directors to keep in mind when it comes to literacy and adult education.

Takeaways from the episode: 
  • People with low literacy levels can improve their skills
  • Contextualizing literacy skills achieves better results
  • There is more room to grow in using technology to assist adult learners
  • Workforce directors can partner with community resources to assist with literacy efforts 


E17: How NAWDP Helps Workforce Professionals

This episode features an interview with Bridget Brown, executive director of NAWDP, the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Discover how NAWDP helps develop high quality workforce professionals, and the various training and assessment resources that NAWDP makes available for workforce professionals. You'll also learn about the most recent trends in workforce and thoughts about balancing technology with a human-centric approach to delivering workforce services. 





Takeaways for the episode: 

  • The CWDP designation is based on strict research protocols
  • Many NAWDP members are program manager level and above
  • Both employee and employer pools have become more diverse
  • NAWDP has a self-assessment tool to help workforce professionals maximize their training

E16: How SNAP Can Partner With The Workforce System


This episode features an interview with Dr. Rachel Gragg from the office of Employment and Training at the USDA as she explains what SNAP E&T benefits are, who is eligible for them, and how SNAP can partner with the workforce system to best serve consumers. 



Takeaways from the Episode

  • SNAP benefits come from the USDA 
  • SNAP E&T is an employment and training program for those receiving SNAP benefits
  • As long as a person is eligible for SNAP, they are eligible for SNAP E&T
  • SNAP E&T can fill holes and gaps in funding that may not be covered through workforce funds

E15: Workforce Trends for 2016


The first part of this episode features Ron Painter, CEO of NAWB and host of Workforce Central, reflecting on key takeaways from the recent SOTU address and lessons for workforce. The second part of the episode features an interview with Steve Voytek, Government Relations Manager for the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education as he shares his tips and trends about career readiness, the future of Perkins funding, and more. 



Takeaways from the Episode:  

  • Some regions in the US are experiencing worker shortages
  • There was a focus in the SOTU address on preparing students for real world experiences
  • Incumbent worker training will need more focus and attention
  • There is a lot of interest from Congress in reauthorizing the Higher Education Act 

E14: Holiday Edition- Reflections From NAWB Staff


This episode features an interview with the NAWB staff; Josh Copus, Yenory Garcia, Bridgette Washington and of course, Ron Painter. The staff discuss their challenges and celebrations for 2015 as well as workforce trends for 2016. 


Takeaways from the episode: 

  • NAWB has worked hard to give its members more of a voice
  • There is a vibrant conversation about workforce issues happening in Washington DC
  • The new NAWB member database is helping facilitate networking between members
  • The NAWB forum is a powerful place to share innovative ideas for workforce excellence and change 

E13: Creating Opportunity for Youth With Disabilities

This episode features an interview with the CEO of RespectAbility, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, as she discusses the importance of connecting youth with disabilities to meaningful work, and the benefits of doing so to employers and the economy. 


Takeaways from the episode: 

  • People with disabilities have a lot to offer in the workforce
  • Only 30% of people with disabilities are competitively employed
  • Project Search has a 70% success rate for helping youth enter the workforce
  • The workforce system needs to be more proactive in reaching out to youth


E12: The 21st Century Model of Work

This episode features part two of a conversation with Barbara Dyer, President and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation, as she discusses the 21st century model of work and the challenges and opportunities that arise from it. Barbara discusses the need to embrace innovation and disruption while not losing the social safety net, and the roles that government, business and workforce play in maintaining that balance. 


Takeaways from the episode: 

  • Work is essential to an overall sense of well being and identity
  • Disruption and innovation drive growth, but erode the social safety net
  • We need to do a better job of training people for the jobs of the future
  • The ownership of risk has shifted from the employer to the employee 




E11: The Intersection of People and Profit

This episode features an interview with Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation as she discusses the mission of the Hitachi Foundation, what it means to be a "good" company in the 21st Century and the lessons for workforce and business.



Takeaways from the episode: 

  • Successful companies focus first on customer acquisition and retention
  • Ongoing success in a company requires a top notch workforce 
  • The best business choices create positive economic, social and environmental values
  • The Hitachi foundation has focused on the intersection of people and profit  




E10: Building a Workforce System That Works

This episode features an interview with Luann Dunsford, CEO of Michigan Works! as she discusses what's working well in Michigan when it comes to Workforce Development. Luann shares insights about how Michigan has created a workforce system that serves employers and job seekers, as well as key mindset shifts that have been helpful in her state.



Takeaways from the episode: 

  • If you know what the employment demand is you can move job seekers towards that demand
  • You want to focus on the best, highest use of your time when it comes to workforce efforts
  • Workforce, at its core, is not only a system, it is people working with people  
  • Focusing on the employer as the primary customer will also serve the job seeker as well

E09: Lessons From Texas 

This episode was recorded live in Forth Worth Texas at a meeting of workforce directors. Ron sits down with directors Frank Almaraz, Mike Temple and Mary Ross. You'll discover the Texas model of workforce, how they integrate their services and the lessons for business, education and workforce development. 


Takeaways From The Episode:

  • In Texas, services are integrated including TANF, childcare and workforce 
  • In a rural area it is often easier to get stakeholders together
  • Online activities and services can help customers who may have difficulties getting to an office in person
  • Work based learning can be very powerful, particularly for young people

E08: What Youth Employment Trends Tell Us About The Economy

In this episode Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University returns to  discuss the challenges in the labor market for young people and the connection to the labor market as a whole. Discover the latest trends in employment, the fastest growing segment of the population entering the labor market, and what it means for business and the economy.



Takeaways from the Episode:

  • Over the last 15 years the percentage of employed youth has drastically declined
  • The only group with growing labor force participation in the US is older adults
  • School systems have generally pulled back from helping their students obtain employment
  • Many employers rated traits associated with young people as negative compared to traits associated with older workers

E07: What You Need to Know About Immigration, Education and Jobs

This episode features an interview with Dr. Paul Harrington from Drexel University as he discusses his thoughts on immigration, education and jobs. You'll discover how to go past the headlines to understand what to look for in jobs reports, key issues in immigration and education, and the fastest growing industries and employment opportunities. 



Takeaways from the Episode: 

  • The U.S. immigration policy is not connected to the labor market
  • Young people with less education have been shut out generally of the job market     
  • There is a lot of growth in home health care and personal care attendants
  • South Dakota has developed a very effective technical education system

E06: The Future of Work

This episode features an interview with Dr. Jerry Paytas from Fourth Economy Consulting as he discusses the future of work, the disconnect between the economy and job development, as well as surprising trends that will impact the future of work. Discover how developments in 3D printing and other technological advancements will drastically shift the landscape of job and economic development in the future. 



Takeaways from the Episode:

  • There's an accelerating gap between the economy and the jobs that the economy is creating
  • As droughts and floods increase the pressures and demands on water will impact economic development
  • 3D printing may change the supply chain in manufacturing regions
  • The internet of things will allow for more extensive data collection and analysis, which will change the way we work

E05: How to Connect Youth To Employment


This episode features an interview with Maureen Conway, Vice President at The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Institute's Economic Opportunities Program, as she discusses lessons learned from a recent survey about connecting youth to employment. Discover surprising insights and takeaways about how to locate and create economic opportunities for youth. You’ll learn what youth identified as the most important elements when it comes to employment, as well as future questions that still need to be answered.    



Takeaways from the episode:  

  • Youth identified the ability to access a job via public transportation as a key element of employment
  • It is important to combine data analysis and relationship building
  • We can overlook the importance of establishing trust and human relationships in youth employment
  • Think strategically about the kinds of employers that will be a good fit for the youth you work with.

E04: Why Workforce Development Matters

This episode features an interview with Steve Hendrickson, Director of Government Operations at The Boeing Company. Discover why workforce development matters for business and the biggest misconceptions about the workforce development system. Steve also shares key takeaways about how to ensure that companies have access to the right talent in a competitive global marketplace.



Takeaways from the episode:                                                                                                     

  • The workforce is currently very competitive
  • There is often a mismatch between the skills needed and the surrounding population
  • There is a misconception that the workforce development system is a social service system
  • Employers generally don’t consider geography when looking for talent.

    E03: How To Transform Underserved Communities

    Description:  This episode features an interview with Monte Perez, President of Los Angeles Mission College, as he discusses how to support and transform underserved and economically challenged communities. Discover the important role that community colleges play in workforce development and some of the biggest challenges that community colleges face when it comes to preparing students for the workforce. You'll learn how workforce development personnel and community colleges can work together to achieve the best outcomes for students, employers and the community.



    Takeaways from the episode:                                                                                                                   

    • Workforce development is one part of three roles that community colleges have to fulfill
    • Community colleges are an instrument of transformation of communities
    • The Affordable Care Act will create new opportunities for training and job
    • In California, community colleges are co-locating workforce cen

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    This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016. 
    This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016. 
    This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016. 
    This episode features an interview with Dr. Richard Lum of Vision Foresight Strategy, LLC as he discusses what a futurist is, what their role is with regards to workforce, and how futurists analyze workforce trends. The episode was recorded live at NAWB Forum 2016. 

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