State Legislation

Career and Technical Education Popular Among US Governors

0 February 28, 2014  The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

Workforce development, career and technical education, and job readiness have become some of the most talked about issues as states kick off their 2014 legislative calendars.  One reason these topics have become so popular is because many of our state governors have made them top legislative priorities for their administration.  The most compelling evidence of […]


Apprenticeship Budget Will Triple Under Iowa Governor’s New Proposal

0 January 15, 2014  featured, Workforce Issues

When Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) delivered his “Condition of the State” address, he announced a legislative agenda focused on improving economic development and providing Iowans access to high-paying jobs in high-demand industries.  As part of this legislative agenda, the governor’s proposed budget would triple funding to apprenticeship programs. The Associated Builders and Contractors of […]


Construction Training Partnership EARNs Grant Funding in Maryland

0 January 10, 2014  Careers in Construction, featured, The Skills Gap

The Baltimore Metro Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors was recently announced as a recipient of an EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) Maryland grant by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR).  The EARN Maryland program is a state-funded workforce and economic development grant initiative that was passed by the state’s legislature during […]


Apprentices To Recieve Tuition Assistance in Wisconsin

0 December 20, 2013  Workforce Issues

A recently signed bill in Wisconsin will provide a partial tuition reimbursement for students who successfully complete  apprenticeship programs and work in the trade in which they were trained.  Much like the apprenticeship tax credits we have seen in states like South Carolina, this new program will provide greater incentives for individuals and businesses to […]


NGA Summits Address Workforce and Training

0 November 1, 2013  The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) was sworn in as the National Governor’s Association Chairman, she announced a year-long effort to improve workforce development partnerships at the state level and elevate the importance of post-secondary credentials.  As part of this initiative, Gov. Fallin has invited other governors to participate in regional summits to discuss workforce […]


Career and Technical Diploma Enacted in Florida

0 October 25, 2013  Workforce Issues

A new law was signed in by Florida Governor Rick Scott to create two diplomas tracks for students interested in either a four-year college or a career and technical pathways.  By signing Senate Bill 1076, Governor Scott has empowered students on a career-focused pathway to achieve the skills necessary to compete for jobs in high-demand […]


Maryland’s Unique Industry-Led Approach to Filling the Craft Worker Pipeline

0 October 23, 2013  featured, The Skills Gap, Workforce Issues

To improve its construction workforce pipeline, Maryland should focus on three areas: Generate career interest among young talent by changing the image of construction Align education with new technologies and skill sets and create stronger pathways from high school through university levels Increase the supply of 4-year Construction Management graduates produced in Maryland These findings […]


Workforce Training Gets Another Boost in Wisconsin

0 October 7, 2013  featured, Workforce Issues

Skilled training will get a significant boost in Wisconsin if leaders are able to pass their proposed agenda for the fall legislative session.  In a major announcement last week from Gov. Scott Walker (R), Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) and Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), eight bills were introduced that will invest $8.5 million in […]


Construction Regulators Focusing on Skills Gap

0 August 28, 2013  Construction Training, featured, Workforce Issues

The construction industry skills gap is getting the attention of industry regulators.  The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies is currently holding their national conference in Idaho and convened a panel to align themselves with other industry stakeholders on growing the skilled workforce.  In a panel moderated by Michael McDuff, the Executive Director of […]