GOOD JOBS CHALLENGE

WE ARE BUILDING A NATION-WIDE COOPERATIVE TO APPLY FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY'S GOOD JOBS CHALLENGE $25M GRANT

The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA’s) American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge aims to get Americans back to work by building and strengthening systems and partnerships that bring together employers who have hiring needs with other key entities to train workers with in-demand skills that lead to good-paying jobs.

 

Through the Good Jobs Challenge, EDA is allocating $500 million to collaborative skills training systems and programs. EDA encourages efforts to reach historically underserved populations and areas, communities of color, women, and other groups facing labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, disconnected youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records, including justice impacted and reentry participants, serving trainees participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and veterans and military spouses.

 

These systems and partnerships will create and implement industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Ultimately, these systems are designed to train workers with the skills to secure a union job or a quality job that provides good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities.

EDA will fund proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs:

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EDA will fund proposals within the following three phases, as applicable to regional needs:

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Help establish and develop a regional workforce training system comprised of multiple sector partnerships

PROGRAM DESIGN

Develop the skills training curriculum and materials, and secure technical expertise needed to train workers

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

Implement non-construction projects needed to provide workforce training and connect workers with quality jobs, including wrap-around services

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Over the next quarter we are building a nation-wide cooperative to apply for the Economic Development Agency’s Good Jobs Challenge $25M grant. So far we are working with 13 states, 15 schools and 11 employers from across the country, however this network is heavily weighted to Career and Technical Education programs and lacks a K-12 component. Does this sound like someone you know? Apply below to get involved with the Workforce For the Future Development program.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

State governments

Special district governments

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

City or township governments

County governments

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Private institutions of higher education

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 26, 2022 - AWARD NOTIFICATION IN SUMMER 2022

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The Foundation for the Future is an education and advocacy non-profit dedicated to advancing the space economy by developing critical infrastructure to enable it, investment tools to finance it, and a workforce to power it. The current aerospace workforce is overwhelmingly white collar, male and upper middle class; and there is a public perception that to work in the space economy one must be good at math, science or a perfect physical and mental specimen – who can become an astronaut. This workforce was useful when the space economy was centered on a single organization whose mission was to push the frontiers of knowledge. Yet now that space is approaching a mainstream economic sector – there is a requirement for a workforce able to fill jobs at virtually all levels of educational attainment. With that in mind, there is a requirement for a dedicated campaign to enable educators, employers, educators, and parents to understand the full range of careers available within the space economy and what training is needed therein.

 

Created in collaboration with government, industry, and academic experts, the Workforce for the Future (W4F) is a national training resource providing the necessary skills and certifications for a career in space. Our goal is simple: to create an inclusive path from kindergarten to orbit for the rest of us. We'll create a culture and support of America’s space workforce through: multiple sector partnerships, the development of curriculum and materials vetted through technical experts, and the workforce training and connection to quality jobs.

 

A concerted effort to solve the skills gap is essential to the United State’s success in space. Developing a diverse workforce to manage, design, and build the future with all the technological advantages that space provides is the first step. The Foundation for the Future is working to solve this issue through a dedicated Workforce for the Future initiative. This new national resource connects workers with vetted training opportunities for space-focused workforce certifications and is ultimately designed to train workers with the skills to secure a union job or a quality job that provides good pay, benefits, and growth opportunities for the future of our nation.