Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Industry Training Partnerships

Employment Program Strategy: Industry Training Partnerships

Goal: Ensure that occupational education and training for underprepared adults is valuable in the labor market.

Theory of Change: Increasing business investment and participation in occupational education and training programs will improve the relevance and quality of those programs, increasing the return to students and firms.


The Joyce Approach

Promote Industry-Supported Credentials

  • Support partnerships between industry associations and educational organizations to create certifications, promote them within the industry, and build them into community college and community-based organization programs.

Foster Employer Development of Low-Skill Employees

  • Fund research demonstrating a return on firm policies promoting employee education and skill development, support federal and state policy advocacy around enabling and incentivizing such policies, and support employer outreach to increase implementation of such policies.

Align Economic and Workforce Development

  • Support municipal agencies, civic organizations and businesses to create new processes or bodies to enable sustained collaboration between the economic development and workforce communities.

Make Workforce Programs Demand-Driven

  • Fund national, state, and local advocates to ensure that workforce policy enables and incentivizes the use of industry training partnerships and sector strategies.

Latest News From The Employment Program

3/4/2015 1:47:00 PM

Making K-12 'Innovation' Live Up to Its Hype

EducationWeek features a piece by program officer Matthew Muench on science-based innovation in education.

1/28/2015 9:25:00 AM

Joyce Launches Joint Fund, Bridging Education and Employment

New focus looks for innovations in education and job readiness from cradle to career.

1/9/2015 9:00:00 AM

Video: What Does A Successful Community College Look Like?

The nation’s 1,200 community colleges educate 40% of undergraduates, but we can do a better job of meeting students’ needs.​


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