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NGA Grants Foster Education and Workforce Alignment

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August 15, 2014

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NGA Grants Foster Education and Workforce Alignment

The National Governors Association (NGA) is continuing its focus on better connecting state education and training systems with workforce and economic need. Accordingly, this week NGA announced its support for 14 states--Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia--to develop capacities to graduate more students with postsecondary credentials in jobs vital to the state's economy. Through grants, technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices and the help of other subject matter experts, states will:

  • communicate and implement a coherent vision for aligning education and training systems with the needs of the economy
  • connect education and workforce data to inform policy, track progress and measure success
  • build partnerships between industry and education
  • determine the best way to use resources and incentives to support this work

This announcement continues the exciting trend nationally and on the state level of efforts to better integrate education and workforce needs. In addition, the focus on using data across systems is one that ACTE supports as a partner of the Workforce Data Quality Campaign.

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