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ApprenticeshipToolkit resource
The Council of State Governments

Public Sector Apprenticeship Toolkit: Addressing Critical Workforce Shortages in State and Local Government

May 2024
This toolkit serves as a resource for state and local governments to develop, launch, and sustain registered apprenticeship programs to fill talent shortages. Like many other sectors, state governments around the U.S. are facing workforce shortages. Registered apprenticeship programs offer a compelling training pathway for developing the next generation of public workers, especially as many states recently removed degree requirements for public sector jobs.
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New America

Community College Bachelor’s Degrees in Florida: An Update on Enrollment and Labor Market Outcomes

May 2024
This brief provides an updated look at enrollment and graduation trends within Florida’s community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs after three decades of offering these programs in the state. Understanding who enrolls in which programs, what programs are offered, and the labor market outcomes of their graduates can provide insights into where the state is creating new pathways and where there is room for growth and improvement. This resource also provides information to other states considering CCB program adoption.
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New America

Community College Bachelor’s Degrees in Washington State: An Update on Enrollment, Completion, and Labor Market Outcomes

May 2024
This brief explores the experiences of community college baccalaureate (CCB) program students and graduates in Washington using data from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It analyzes who enrolls in and graduates from CCB programs, what they studied, and what they are earning after degree completion. CCB programs are especially good options for learners who may not otherwise obtain a bachelor’s degree, including students of color, older adult learners, and rural learners. Because of their potential, state policymakers and practitioners need more information about who enrolls in CCB programs and why, and what happens to graduates in the labor market.
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National Skills Coalition

College and Career Possibilities Rooted in Place: How Rural Community College and Industry Partnerships Help People, Communities, and Businesses Thrive

April 2024
Robust partnerships between community colleges and their local employers are critical to building workforce training pathways that help rural communities grow and thrive. However, increased support for rural community colleges to convene industry partnerships is needed to connect more rural learners to these quality employment opportunities. States also need help implementing policy and systems changes to strengthen partnerships between rural-based community colleges and industry. This report documents how existing rural community college and industry partnerships have impacted the success of rural learners, providing examples of effective partnerships in action.
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New America

The Challenges and Benefits of Pursuing Bachelor’s Programs at Rural-Serving Community Colleges

April 2024
High-quality, affordable, and workforce-driven community college baccalaureate (CCB) programs can provide new or expanded access to employment opportunities for underserved populations like rural learners, adult learners, and learners from low-income backgrounds. However, not all U.S. states currently allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate programs and it can be particularly difficult to establish in-demand CCB programs at rural-serving institutions. This brief examines the landscape of rural-serving community colleges in states that allow CCB programs and provides recommendations for those considering the possibility of CCB programs at their institution.
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2023 Education Philanthropy Report: From Learning to Action

April 2024
Our 2023 report reflects on our continued efforts to build evidence and share actionable insights through our grantmaking. Inside, you’ll read how our philanthropy catalyzes change to postsecondary education and workforce training systems so more learners from low-income backgrounds can achieve their goals. You’ll also get insights into the upcoming year.
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Case Study: Delta Compass

March 2024
This case study highlights the efforts of Delta Compass, a workforce collaborative addressing current and future labor needs in a rural region of the U.S. They are an example of an organization that is responsive to local employment needs, working together with employers and the community college system to fill jobs in healthcare, education, and manufacturing.
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Case Study: Upskill NWA

March 2024
This case study details the recent activities of Upskill NWA. Primarily focused on healthcare professions, Upskill NWA provides comprehensive, individualized support to help learners complete requirements and secure employment. By working with area colleges and universities, the efforts of Upskill NWA are an example of how community-based stakeholders can collaborate to meet local workforce needs.
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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Case Study: People Inc.

March 2024
This case study spotlights People Inc. of Virginia. The organization provides a wide range of services that help advance workforce opportunities in rural America, including work-based learning and on-the-job training. Because they collaborate with employers and community organizations, their work is a good example of what can be accomplished through rural partnerships.
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New America

Community College Bachelor’s Degrees in Texas: A First Look at Enrollment and Outcomes

March 2024
Community college baccalaureate programs are growing in Texas as they have the potential to offer more streamlined paths for learners to credentials that lead to good jobs. This brief offers policymakers and practitioners more information on who enrolls in these programs and what happens to graduates in the labor market so they can understand how these degrees can serve learners from low-income backgrounds.
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Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University

Small Towns, Big Opportunities

February 2024
This report provides a nuanced look at the status of educational attainment and employment in rural areas, finding that rural workers today are as likely as those in urban areas to hold a good job — one that pays a living wage for their region. But the report also shows that racial and gender disparities exist in who gets access to those jobs, even as rural areas grow more diverse. As rural economies shift and populations continue to decline and evolve, these communities need greater investment in education and workforce training to ensure future economic vitality.
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Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 2. Guest Mallory Dwinal-Palisch Chancellor of Reach University
Future U. Podcast

Leveraging Apprenticeships to Bolster the Rural Talent Pipeline: Part 2

November 2023
In the second episode of their two-part conversation with Reach University Chancellor Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, Future U podcast hosts Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn consider the teacher apprenticeship model’s potential for scaling to other public sector jobs. As part of their analysis, they discuss how this model addresses staffing shortages through job-embedded learning.
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