Our mission is to seek, create, fund, and manage innovative, demand-driven workforce development programs. Programs that provide individuals with the education and skills they need to be successful in today's job market.

We're not sure how we missed it, but the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration announced 57 grants totaling $474.5 million in grants to provide training assistance to unemployed individuals as part of its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative last month. Congrats to all the recipients. We wish you the best as you work to change the lives of Americans affected by foreign trade and other barriers to employment. To read DOL-ETA's full release, click here.
If you didn't hear it covered this morning by CBS This Morning, you may want to check out this piece by the New York Times. As the Times article relates in greater detail, the monthly jobs report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has been delayed due to the government shutdown. What does that mean, exactly? Essentially, the unemployment rate and job creation numbers for September aren't available for Federal and state agency staff, economists, investors, and financial analysts to examine. For labor departments across the nation, it means that a clear snapshot of the state of our workforce is unavailable for the indefiti

Yesterday on the official White House Blog, Katherine Vargas blogged about the swearing in of Tom Perez as the US Secretary of Labor. Ms. Vargas wrote that, "...as an immigrant myself, his story reminds me of this country’s promise that if you are willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can still get a fair shot at success."

We couldn't agree more. Congrats to our friend, Secretary Perez. We wish you all the best. 

For Ms. Vargas's full blog, please click here.   

MWC was praised in a recently released national research report conducted by the Mathematica Policy Research
(Mathematica) for the US Department of Labor (DOL). In “Insights from the Recovery Act LMI [Labor Market Information] Grants,” Mathematica found MWC’s role as the administrative entity and fiscal intermediary of the MARC Green Consortium (MARC) pivotal to the consortium's success. According to the research report, Maryland, DC and Virginia all “identified the MWC and the fiscal organization of the project as a “major strength” that “improved overall efficiency.”’ Click here for a link to the reports and our press release. 

What happens one year after US Department of Labor grants are awarded? This excellent article by the Community College Times provides an update on Trade Act Assistance and Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grants and discusses the progress being made by several consortiums.
We're loving the improved layout of the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's website: http://www.doleta.gov/. It's so much more user-friendly. Be sure to check it out today.
As much of the country heads back to school, we find ourselves thinking about high school and college-aged young adults who've left the classroom and the many challenges they face. That led us to think about the US Department of Labor's Job Corps program.

Job Corps is a free education and training program for young adults (16 years old+). The program is designed to provide enrollees with educational attainment (high school diploma and GED) and job skills. But more importantly, the Job Corps program encourages long-term success in life and a career. To find out how Job Corps has changed lives, click here for a few Job Corps Success Stories.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps, call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627.  It may be the call that changes your life or the life of someone you know.   

Having worked with the ex-offender population, we appreciate Secretary Hilda Solis's remarks at a recent US Department of Labor Reintegration Summit and the work of DOL-funded REXO (Reintegration of Ex-Offenders) initiatives.

Secretary Solis noted that she calls the "...work [of US DOL-funded programs] turning "tax takers" into taxpayers. It's  about giving transitioning citizens the opportunity to contribute to our  economy —rather than drain dollars from state and local budgets. At the  Department of Labor, we're proud of the contributions our Rexo program has made to turn lives around. It is estimated that 44 percent of all incarcerated adults will reoffend when they get out of prison. But for participants in our Rexo program, that number is down to 14 percent. So our impact is real, and it's  measurable."