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Department of Labor Awards Workforce Data Quality Grants

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June 13, 2014

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Department of Labor Awards Workforce Data Quality Grants

On July 12, the Department of Labor announced the winners of the fourth round of grants under its Workforce Data Quality Initiative. Approximately $6 million will be awarded to six states "to build or expand longitudinal databases that link workforce and education data and help these states to better understand how education and workforce development programs complement each other." The winners include:

  • Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Kentucky Office of Education and Workforce Development
  • Mississippi Department of Employment Security
  • Nebraska Department of Labor
  • New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

This grant program is designed to complement the Department of Education's Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems grant, and is critical to helping CTE programs track student performance in the workforce after completing programs. The three-year grants will allow Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky and Mississippi to begin to develop their workforce databases, and for Nebraska and New Jersey to expand theirs. For all states, project goals include:

  • developing or improving state workforce longitudinal data systems with individual-level information
  • enabling workforce data to be matched with education data to create longitudinal data systems
  • improving the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems
  • using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations
  • analyzing the performance of education and employment training programs
  • providing user-friendly information to consumers, in the form of scorecards or integrated digital platforms, to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs

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