it seems everyone is talking about it. New committees, commissions, taskforces, and reports abound. But what is workforce development? Once primarily an effort of the federal government to train unskilled adults, workforce development has morphed into a complicated array of public and private programs, projects, partners, and funders informing a vast swath of public policy.
With so much attention and so many resources, workforce development may be evolving into a sophisticated network befitting a modern interconnected economy—or it may be devolving into an alphabet soup of well-intentioned but disjointed projects working at cross-purposes. Does Alabama have a comprehensive workforce development strategy and, if so, do we have the systems in place to deliver?
The morning program will include:
- Raphael Bostic, CEO and President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Chauncy Lennon, Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work at Lumina Foundation
- Nancy Buckner – Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources
- Nick Moore – Director of the Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation
- Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw – Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
- Fitzgerald Washington – Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor
- Lori Bearden – Assistant Director of Federal Workforce Programs at the Alabama Department of Commerce
Measuring what matters.
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