EmployIndy leading collaborative effort on work-based learning initiative

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There are an estimated 30,000 youth and young adults who are disconnected from education and employment in central Indiana. According to EmployIndy, a Midwest Urban Strategies member, the disconnect results from a variety of factors including homelessness, criminal history, lack of family support, and inadequate access to job training. EmployIndy is trying to help through…

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JobsMobile on the Move is an opportunity on wheels for Ohio jobs seekers

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When Lisa Patt-McDaniel became Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio almost two years ago, she inherited a huge recreational vehicle equipped with a dozen computers, a TV screen mounted on the side, and the ability to hold classes inside the RV. Rather than see an expensive over-sized, gas-guzzling camper, Patt-McDaniel…

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Tech Companies Are Choosing Chicago

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When Amazon began searching for a home for a second headquarters with 50,000 jobs, it visited five locations in Chicago, including the planned 80-acre Lincoln Yards development on the North Side. Amazon is expected to announce its choice among 20 cities in late September, while announcements of other tech companies expanding or moving to Chicago…

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Midwest Urban Strategies members visiting with Congress in Washington

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Later this month, executives from Midwest Urban Strategies and several of our members and partners will be in Washington, D.C. as part of the annual the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council Board meeting. In advance of that meeting, MUS staff have been reaching out to various members of their respective delegations, both on…

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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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