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These Job-Training Programs Work, and May Show Others the Way

By: Steve Lohr on Oct 3, 2022

In The New York Times article "These Job-Training Programs Work, and May Show Others the Way" by Steve Lohr:

The Year Up program is one of a relative handful of nonprofits that have established track records of lifting young adults into jobs that can be ladders to the middle class. This article highlights the program's holistic approach to workforce development, combining technical and soft skills training with support for daily life challenges.

The Biden administration has allocated $500 million to encourage similar comprehensive models in local training programs. Corporate America is shifting hiring practices, dropping the requirement for a four-year college degree, creating opportunities for workers without degrees, and promoting diversity. Year Up's success is attributed to deep corporate relationships, mentoring, and internships, leading to a 70% graduation rate and higher salaries for graduates. The government's Good Jobs Challenge aims to replicate these successes on a larger scale.

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