The Joyce Foundation believes that equipping workers to succeed in good-paying jobs benefits individuals, their families and communities, and the Midwest economy as a whole. In the last two decades, the Foundation has tested strategies to boost workers’ skills and help women on welfare, low-skilled workers, ex-offenders, and others who face significant barriers in joining the workforce. Through it all, Joyce has consistently funded research to evaluate promising strategies and learn from the results; Joyce-supported research on welfare-to-work and transitional jobs were major contributions to the field. Current evaluation research focuses on adult education programs that prepare adults without high school diplomas or the equivalent with skills needed for careers.
In Employment, as in other Foundation efforts, Joyce focuses on policy change, especially at the state level. Its five-year Shifting Gears initiative, which took place in six Midwest states, has dramatically increased access to credentials for low-income adults by streamlining postsecondary, adult basic education, and skills-development systems. More recently the Foundation has been supporting efforts to improve community colleges through the Aspen Prize and promoting training partnerships with major industries. Amid current economic and fiscal challenges, Joyce continues to seek innovative strategies that expand access to successful training models and control costs.
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9/4/2014 8:05:00 AM
Best practices identified and implemented among the nation’s top ten, eligible for the biannual $1 million prize.
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White House praises Joyce-supported program that helps underprepared adults get well-paying jobs in their communities.
7/31/2014 9:05:00 AM
Swanson will help guide the development of strategic approaches to reach public policy goals across the Foundation’s six program areas.