A Guide to Workforce Development Resources in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
The goal of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is to create or preserve as many as 4 million jobs across a range of industries and sectors, including health care, construction, energy efficiency, and clean energy. Many of these emerging job opportunities are expected to demand some form of post-secondary education. In addition, incumbent and dislocated workers will also need to upgrade their skills to master new technologies and techniques. To that end, ARRA includes more than $4 billion for such strategies as career pathways, sector partnerships, and increased training, prompting states to rethink and revise their implementation of Workforce Investment Act funds to reflect the strategies they intend to pursue to implement these goals.
Learn more about the structure of funding in the ARRA, what the opportunities are for competitive grants, and what role the business community can play in helping regions and states design effective, forward-thinking workforce development plans.
Gay M. Gilbert, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor
Linda Lawson, Legislative Director, Education, Early Childhood & Workforce Committee at the National Governors Association
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