Encouraging Workforce Development in the Gulf States

Adult education in the classroom

Economic development depends on a trained work force. As Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama seek to expand their economies, employers will require highly literate workers with advanced technical skills. Businesses, factories, and other organizations that need workers must collaborate with local and regional high schools, colleges, and vocational institutions that train workers to ensure the right match between available jobs and applicants.

These nascent partners will require data and information as they forge new ways of working together and nurture a workforce for today and the future. Their success will mean improved educational and economic outcomes, as well as improved prosperity and quality of life for workers themselves.

RAND has conducted extensive research on vocational and continuing education in the United States and overseas, as well as K-12 education in the United States, as well as the role of education in workforce development.

Augmenting Skills of Current Workers: Vocational and Continuing Education

From the military to high-tech industries, the need for vocational education and training continues to rise. RAND has explored topics from how to encourage young adults to continue their education, to how to determine the appropriate mix of classroom and on-the-job training.

  • Labor Market Realities and the Transition to Adulthood

    Nov 18, 2009

    Young people making the transition from school to work face a very different world of work than their parents' generation. Policies that better coordinate educational and occupational institutions can improve the capacity of individuals to make effective transitions.

  • Finding the Balance Between Schoolhouse and On-the-Job Training

    Nov 13, 2007

    A cost-benefit analysis conducted for the US Air Force helped to determine the most cost-effective combination of initial skills training (IST) and on-the-job training (OJT), taking into consideration how productivity changes when IST course length changes.

  • Federal and State Policies' Impact on Efforts to Improve Quality of Vocational Education

    Dec 6, 2004

    Based on a case study sample from seven states and a national teacher survey, it is clear that the Vocational and Technical Education Act is having some positive affect but only within the framework of the greater influence of the individual states' general-education policies.

  • Developing a Regional Workforce in Emerging Industries

    Nov 30, 1999

    The tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut remains strong in biotechnology and IT, but improved networking between industry and higher education institutions can help attract technical professionals.

  • Improving Mongolia's Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth

    Aug 24, 2015

    Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s. Youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future. Insights from the challenges young Mongolians face, as well as their achievements and aspirations, can help inform policy.

Developing 21st Century Skills: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

STEM is the current trend in U.S. education, as high schools and colleges seek to prepare the next generation workforce. RAND research explores what skills are most needed to meet future human capital challenges, and how the development of these skills can be encouraged.

Preparing Tomorrow's Workers and Leaders: K-12 Education

Early childhood and K-12 education are the foundation on which future workforce development depend. They are also a key focus of RAND Education and RAND Labor and Population; our researchers work across geographic boundaries examining issues in the United States and around the world.

  • Focusing on K-12 Education

    Aug 29, 2012

    In the area of K–12 education, RAND Education partners with policymakers, school systems, practitioners, and other stakeholders to help improve education outcomes and systems and to increase access and equity.

  • Building Blocks for a Strong Preschool to Early Elementary Education System

    Feb 16, 2012

    The earliest years of a child's life are critical to physical, socio-emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development. High quality early education can improve readiness and success in school, particularly for disadvantaged children, but access to such programs is uneven.

  • Examining K-12 Education Reform in Qatar

    Jun 21, 2011

    In 2002, Qatar began implementing a standards-based K–12 reform built on four principles: autonomy, accountability, variety, and choice. Early data reveal more student-centered classroom practices and higher student achievement, but many challenges remain.

  • Ending Social Promotion Without Leaving Children Behind: The Case of New York City

    Sep 29, 2009

    The New York City Department of Education's test-based promotion and retention policy, which identifies and provides support for struggling students, has demonstrated positive effects for student achievement in fifth grade that continue into seventh grade.

  • How Do Education and Training Affect a Country's Economic Performance?

    Aug 19, 1993

    An examination of the role of education and training in economic performance focuses on the long-run and international perspective of economic trends and education to present data on productivity and competitiveness and the contribution of education to economic growth.