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


Cross-Cuting Data and Policy

Cross-Cutting Data and Policy

Goal: Public policy at all levels of government will provide support for the expansion of best practices in workforce development at scale and will thereby lead to the overall desired outcomes of improving employment outcomes for underprepared adults in the Great Lakes region.

Theory of Change:  Improve the collection and analysis of workforce data to drive programmatic and investment decisions; support advocacy to reform federal and state employment and adult education policy; and partner with key stakeholders to drive metro-level systemic change that cuts across the program’s priority areas.

The Joyce Approach

  • Improve collection and use of workforce and education data to improve program and investment decisions by state policy makers, community college leaders, and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure more effective federal and state advocacy campaigns based on improved use of data; and
  • Support federal and state level policy reform and implementation to ensure demand-driven strategies and career pathways guide workforce development programs and systems.

Latest News From The Employment Program

3/10/2015 5:35:00 PM

Joyce Foundation Talks Tech in Texas

At SXSWedu, Joyce is working to advance the conversation on how new learning technology can better prepare American workers.​

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.


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