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Policy Initiatives

Adult Literacy and Education Initiatives - These initiatives focus on increasing the literacy levels of adults to improve opportunities for employment and further educational attainment.

Are We Losing the Best and the Brightest: Highly Achieved Women Leaving the Traditional Workforce - Why have "highly achieved" women - those who have reached top management positions in their previous employment - left the traditional workforce? Through focus groups and interviews with women who have left the traditional workforce, employers, senior women employees, and other stakeholders, this study seeks to understand how these women spend their time currently, gauge their level of interest in returning to the traditional workforce, and gain perspectives from current employees and employers.

Immigrant Workforce Integration Initiative - These initiatives are actively studying the integration of immigrants, including limited English proficient individuals, and Hispanic and Asian Americans, into the U.S. workforce.

Individuals with Disabilities Initiative - These initiatives are committed to integrating Americans with disabilities into the workforce by expanding educational and employment opportunities and promoting full access to community life for people with disabilities.

International Dialogue and Engagement - The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) participates in international events and partnerships, providing an opportunity to share with and to learn from other countries about workforce development policies and promising strategies to better meet the needs of employers and American workers.

Older Worker Initiative - These activities are enhancing the workforce system's ability to serve, recruit, and retain older workers through the pursuit of new strategies and special initiatives to link older Americans to employers, and to encourage them to remain active in the American labor force.

Technology-Based Learning Initiative - An effort to help advance the use of technology for training within the workforce investment system in order to move workers into high growth, high demand occupations and to meet the needs of industry for skilled employees.

The President's Community-Based Job Training Grants - The primary purpose of these grants is to build the capacity of community colleges to train workers in the skills required to succeed in high growth, high demand industries.

The President's High Growth Job Training Initiative - These grants target education and skills development resources toward helping workers gain the skills they need to build successful careers in growing industries.

The President's Prisoner Re-entry Initiative - This initiative calls for collaborative efforts among the Departments of Labor, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development to serve urban centers and areas with reducing recidivism by helping non-violent, former prisoners find work and stable housing when they return to their communities. An interim report for the evaluation of the Prisoner Re-entry Initiative is currently available.

Workforce Innovations - This annual conference, co-hosted by the ETA and the American Society for Training and Development, presents an opportunity for local, state and national-level strategic workforce investment partners to learn from successes and cultivate the talent development solutions needed in today's global economy. The 2008 Conference materials are available for download.

Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative - An initiative that focuses on enhancing the competitiveness of 39 regional economies through transformative talent and economic development strategies.

Created: March 27, 2004
Updated: January 13, 2009