Workforce Development Networks: Community-Based Organizations and Regional Alliances

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Overview

Across the country, community development corporations CDCs and other types of community-based organizations CBOs have become increasingly involved in workforce development, encompassing recruitment, skill training, placement, mentoring, and crisis intervention. Workforce Development Networks explains why and how the need for such customized, networked mediation has become so acute in America, especially for residents of low income communities of color, and why conventional approaches continue to fail. This book explores how labor markets are changing - jobs are being created, but they pay less and job security is declining, as is the payoff for experience and seniority. The authors walk the reader through ten case studies, taken from across the United States over a period of five years. They show how a growing number of CDCs, CBOs, community colleges, and regional public authorities have made progress, using the principles of networking and collaboration. Bennett Harrison and Marcus Weiss conclude with their recommendations for community-based workforce development networks.
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Taking into account the changing structure of US labor markets and increasing welfare-to-workforce pressures, Harrison urban political economy, New School for Social Research, New York and Weiss Economic Development Assistance Consortium, Boston advocate and present model innovative public-private partnerships local, regional, community college-based to accommodate these socioeconomic shifts. They conclude with their recommendations for better design, promotion, and evaluation for such community-based networks. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761908470
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/21/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Changing Structure of Labor Markets in American Cities 9
3 Taking Stock of What We Know About Job Training and Workforce Development 23
4 Why Community-Based Organizations Engage in Training and Workforce Development and Form or Enter Interorganizational Networks to Help Them Do It Better 33
5 The Case Studies: Workforce Development Networks With Individual Community-Based Organizations at Their Hubs 45
6 Peer-to-Peer Networks Engaged in Workforce Development 105
7 Regional Intermediaries Bridging Business Development, Community Building, and Job Training 135
8 Synthesis and Conclusions: Toward Better Design, Promotion, and Evaluation of Community-Based Workforce Development Networks 149
References 169
Index 178
About the Authors 189
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