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

 
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Innovation

Employment Program Strategy: Innovation

Goal: Identify, develop, test and promote ideas with the potential to create step-change improvement in pursuit of the Employment Program’s goals, and that don’t currently have a champion or a natural home; also, cultivate innovative thinking in the workforce development community.

Theory of Change:  The identification and cultivation of new approaches to skill development has the potential to improve program effectiveness, expand access, lower cost, build new supporting constituencies, etc. Because public organizations underinvest in such innovation, Joyce investment in this area can generate a step-change improvement in the field.

The Joyce Approach

Generate New Ideas

  • Fund partner organizations to manage specific idea-generation processes that might include prize competitions, invention convenings, innovators-in-residence, or other techniques.

Develop and Test New Ideas

  • Identify promising, transformative ideas and fund the development and testing of those ideas through the relevant partners.

Latest News From The Employment Program

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10/29/2014 9:17:00 AM

Learning Science and Personal Success Skills: A Path to Redemption for Education Innovation

Employment Program Officer Matthew Muench blogs about the future of edtech for 1776.​

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10/16/2014 11:06:00 AM

Beyond The Skills Gap: Making Education Work for Students, Employers, and Communities

Joyce-supported research finds that public policy can improve adult education and help get Americans back to work.

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9/4/2014 8:05:00 AM

Ten Finalists Named for 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Best practices identified and implemented among the nation’s top ten, eligible for the biannual $1 million prize.

 
 

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