Partners Act will provide job seekers with skills they need to succeed

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin is championing legislation to expand apprenticeships and public-private partnerships. Under the proposal known as the Partners Act (Pairing Apprenticeships with Regional Training Networks to meet Employer Requirements), states would request funds from the Labor Department to start or expand public-private apprenticeship initiatives. “In Wisconsin, I’ve seen how public-private partnerships can best…

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‘We must build workers’ skills more effectively to ensure a bright economic future’

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Ivanka Trump has it right in her recent letter to the Dallas Morning News. When our employer partners are asked what the most frequent barriers are to meeting their hiring needs, education and skills are routinely listed in their top five. The workforce system has stepped up to fill these gaps, but resources (like Pell…

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America’s Promise helps Minneapolis woman’s ‘dream come true’

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Jane is a Minneapolis resident that received tuition support through the America’s Promise funding to be able to enroll in a Full Stack Engineering boot camp at Prime Digital Academy. Though she had earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she had experience some bumps in life and had wrestled with substance abuse before successfully completing…

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Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio Helping Young Adults

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We’re excited to announce the first in what we’re sure will be a long line of blog posts highlighting the success of Midwest Urban Strategies and our partners. This week we’re excited to highlight the work of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and the program they oversee focused on addressing the needs of…

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Midwest Urban Strategies celebrating its first birthday

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As Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS) approaches its first birthday, the Board decided to officially appoint me as its inaugural Director. While July marks one full year of the formal consortium, I have been lucky enough to support the development of this unique partnership since its earliest days. The last year has given us the opportunity…

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Partner4Work to join Midwest Urban Strategies

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MUS expands membership to include Pittsburg area workforce board Milwaukee–Last July, workforce leaders from across the Midwest along with the U.S. Department of Labor, created the Midwest Urban Strategies Consortium (MUS). Today Pittsburg’s workforce development organization Partner4Work joins this collaborative. “We’re especially excited to join this groundbreaking initiative,” said Board Chair Mark Latterner. “As the…

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Midwest Urban Strategies Proud to Partner with Council for Adult and Experiental Learning

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As community’s work to differentiate themselves in a competitive economy, the need for alignment between economic and workforce development has never been more important. Workforce and Economic Development teams strive to equip and assist community leaders, stakeholders, and citizens to build skills and knowledge in subjects that matter, supporting the current economy while also building…

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Full Employment Council Provides ‘Learn-&-Earn’ Opportunity

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Within three months, Ramone, a 22-year-old father of four kids went from a young Kansas City native struggling to provide for his family to an IT specialist with a full-time job, a $60,000 salary, and benefits. If you asked Ramone he would tell you it seemed too good to be true. If you asked Shelley…

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WRTP/BIG STEP – a Model in Effective Partnerships

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With a history dating back to the early 1990s, WRTP/BIG STEP continues its legacy focus on pre-employment training for job seekers to qualify for family-sustaining jobs in the industrial sector. Through their relationship with the trades and the growth of a skilled workforce in the construction industry, WRTP/BIG STEP’s role has continued to expand. By…

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MSP Tech Hire Creates New Career Path to Thousands of Open Jobs

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Together as a partner of Midwest Urban Strategies, The City of Minneapolis Employment & Training is finding ways to implement workforce development strategies that address the hiring demands of IT employers in the Midwest Region. In response to a rapid growth in tech jobs in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, the City of Minneapolis along…

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