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Dec 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Bridges are innovative approaches to skill delivery that help adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in post-secondary training. Leading to career-path employment or further learning in a specific industry or occupational sector, bridges at Wisconsin's technical colleges typically link basic skills development with occupational skills training and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.


Wisconsin Bridges Case Studies profiles various bridge programs that are being piloted throughout the state. This case study discusses the Science/Math Developmental-Postsecondary Bridge at Madison Area Technical College.


The case study was excerpted from:
Building Bridges in Wisconsin: Connecting Working Adults with College Credentials and Career Advancement

Dec 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Bridges are innovative approaches to skill delivery that help adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in post-secondary training. Leading to career-path employment or further learning in a specific industry or occupational sector, bridges at Wisconsin's technical colleges typically link basic skills development with occupational skills training and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.


Wisconsin Bridges Case Studies profiles various bridge programs that are being piloted throughout the state. This case study discusses the Production MIG Welding Bridge at Chippewa Valley Technical College.


The case study was excerpted from:
Building Bridges in Wisconsin: Connecting Working Adults with College Credentials and Career Advancement

Laura Dresser and Adrienne Pagac | Dec 01, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Direct care workers labor in the homes of the elderly, frail, and people with disabilities, to provide them with critical hands-on care and support to lead independed lives.

 

This paper offers data on the in-home direct care workforce, wages and benefits in those jobs, and discusses issues related to working conditions and labor law. Information is provided on why low wages and benefits for in-home care workers are a social problem, not just a problem for individuals. Finally, key strategies to improve in-home direct care jobs are discussed.

Nov 16, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills

Coinciding with the Economic Policy Institute’s release of a report documenting trends in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) in the nation and states, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) released this brief documenting ESI trends in Wisconsin.

Laura Dresser, Joel Rogers, and Edo Navot | Sep 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Wisconsin Economy, Workers & Policy

The State of Working Wisconsin is a biennial report, produced by COWS, that offers a comprehensive review of the status of jobs and workers in Wisconsin. On alternate years, we produce a short update report instead of the full report. The State of Working Wisconsin is filled with data and analysis on jobs, wages, poverty, and income, as well as an account of economic inequality in the state.

 

The State of Working Wisconsin 2010 documents the impact of the Great Recession on Wisconsin workers.

Jessa Lewis Valentine and Adrienne Pagac | May 05, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies
This report presents recent data and analysis on the educational and workforce challenges facing Wisconsin, and provides an overview of statewide efforts to meet this challenge by moving more working adults through the educational pipeline and towards family-sustaining careers. It focuses specifically on various initiatives called "bridges" that are being pioneered at technical colleges across the state to help low-income adults access and succeed in postsecondary training.
Apr 20, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin

This report from COWS and the Wisconsin Women's Council shows that despite the growing importance of women’s contribution to the labor force and to household incomes, the gender wage gap stubbornly persists irrespective of age, race, or level of education. In 2009, Wisconsin women earned, on average, only 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. Moreover, women continue to be concentrated in occupations that are low-wage and low-quality.

Sarah White with Laura Dresser and Joel Rogers | Mar 25, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Energy: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills

As the promise of green jobs has generated a flood of workforce initiatives, most everyone would like to put their hands on an atlas of green programs, skills, and credentials. Greener Skills: How Credentials Create Value in the Clean Energy Economy makes a start in achieving this, focusing on prominent certifications in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The report reaches into a throng of competing skills benchmarks that differ by industry, employer, and training provider, and lifts up leading examples of standardization. These include both established national certifications and local credentialing efforts that could be used as a system model, particularly at the entry level.


But after two years of discussion and research since COWS and partners released Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy, we’ve concluded that developing a comprehensive, comprehensible map of “green” credentials is virtually impossible. And that impossibility motivates our interest in moving toward a more coherent national system.


Greener Skills, our follow up to Greener Pathways, outlines an American skills agenda and calls for a better, stronger, greener workforce system to support it. 


This country needs a far greater political and material investment in workforce development, and skills—particularly at the lower end of the labor market—need to be delivered in very different ways. Greener Skills outlines key early steps toward a national credentialing system, describing the core array of certifications and skill standards for workers in clean energy sectors and providing a set of policy recommendations to help move this work in a more consistent direction. Our purpose, however, is larger: to suggest a more rational framework for human capital development in a greening economy, and to make the case for a national policy of portable, transparent, industry-specific credentials—and state-supported pathways up to them.

Sarah White, COWS, and Kate Gordon, Apollo Alliance, Lead Authors | Jan 25, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills

Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Infrastructure and Opportunities in Wisconsin outlines key components of the state’s workforce development systems - including but not limited to apprenticeship and technical college pathways - that could be aligned and expanded to support an emerging clean energy sector.

 

Dec 14, 2009
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills

This publication provides a brief summary of the discussion and findings of the Women, Jobs and Wisconsin's Green Economy public policy roundtable, held October 29, 2009, in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

COWS was a key participant and the Proceedings document many of our views on the Green Economy.