Department of Education Awards Grants to Modernize Workforce Training

The U.S. Department of Education announced the recipients of the Innovation & Modernization Grant, a Perkins V program that funds career and technical education (CTE). The I&M Grant is designed to test new ideas to help prepare students for success in the workforce by identifying, supporting, and evaluating evidence-based strategies for improving CTE. The grants… Read More »

BLS Projects Employment and Occupational Outlook For The Next Decade

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are used to determine jobs in demand. The projections also are used by state workforce agencies to prepare state and area projections that, together with the national projections, are widely used by policymakers to make decisions about education and training, funding allocations, and program offerings. These projections of… Read More »

Department of Labor Issues New Rule for Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that allows states to identify the occupations for which they will conduct drug testing in the unemployment insurance (UI) program. The rule permits states to test unemployment compensation (UC) applicants for whom suitable work is only available in an occupation where drug testing is regularly conducted.… Read More »

Training and Certification for Workforce Professionals

Looking for opportunities to enhance your skills and professional development? Do you want to learn more about what’s happening in the Workforce Development field? Do you want to learn a new skill? You’ve come to the right place. Training is an integral part of every Workforce Professionals life. The International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP)… Read More »

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Make 1.3 Million Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count… Read More »

1 in 6 Seniors Are Working Well Past the Age of 65, New Study Finds

More seniors are remaining employed well after hitting retirement age of 65, a new study has found. For Americans over 75, the labor force participation rate has nearly doubled over the last 20 years. The analysis also found that occupations requiring very specific trade skills, such as embalmers and leather repairmen, employ the largest percentage… Read More »

Racial Equity and Education in Workforce Development

Only 15 percent of Latino adults have earned at least an associate degree, compared to 27 percent of black adults who were born in the U.S. and 45 percent of U.S.-born white adults, according to a new report by the National Skills Coalition on racial equity and workforce development. The report features nine policy solutions,… Read More »

New Employment Projections From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases national projections of long-term employment trends to provide information on how the labor market is changing. This presentation provided information about growing and declining occupations and the factors driving the growth and decline. Michael Wolf, BLS Division Chief for Occupational Employment Projections, described how BLS classifies occupations… Read More »

Despite Resource Constraints Small Businesses Investments in Workforce Drive Growth, According to New Study

A new report released found that small businesses lead workforce investment and economic growth. Despite resource constraints, small businesses surveyed reflected a commitment to wage growth, healthcare, and workforce training. The report, “Voice of Small Business in America: 2019 Insights Report,” summarizes findings from a survey of 2,285 small business owners who have graduated from… Read More »

Montana Chapter Sets Date for Fall Event

The Montana Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals has set the date for their annual fall retreat. The event will be held on October 11-13 in Seeley Lake, Montana.  For more information please see the registration form.