12/7/2011 - Experts Call for Congress' Continued Investment in Workforce Services

On Dec. 6, the nation’s top experts in workforce development research submitted a letter of support to Senators Tom Harkin of Iowa and Richard Shelby of Alabama, key members of the Senate Appropriations committee, calling for their consideration of continuing workforce development programs. 

Chris King, director of the Ray Marshall Center, joined Burt S. Barnow, Carolyn Heinrich, Kevin Hollenbeck, Harry Holzer, Peter Mueser and Carl Van Horn to highlight growing evidence of the effectiveness of occupational training programs. Specifically, data have shown increased earnings outcomes above average earnings for participants of workforce development programs. On top of that, research also shows that the training programs are going to help those who have been largely disenfranchised from the labor market and unable to secure long-term sustainable employment. In today’s tough economic times, these disadvantaged individuals face the most difficulty in finding jobs. To view a copy of the letter to Congress, click here.

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