Workforce Development

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    Journal Article

    Appalachia Partnership Initiative Progress Report

    This report highlights progress made by the API through 2016.

    May 2, 2017

  • An oil and gas worker operates a drilling rig

    Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    An ongoing assessment of employment and wages in energy and advanced manufacturing industries in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia region captures trends about which counties might have greater demand for educating or employing local talent in STEM careers.

    Mar 21, 2017

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    Report

    Managing the Expansion of Graduate Education in Texas

    RAND researchers analyzed policies and practices that the state, higher education systems, and individual higher education institutions in Texas can use to manage the expansion of their master's, doctoral, and professional programs.

    Mar 3, 2017

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    Managing the Expansion of Graduate Education in Texas: Executive Summary

    RAND researchers analyzed policies and practices that the state, higher education systems, and individual higher education institutions in Texas can use to manage the expansion of their master's, doctoral, and professional programs.

    Mar 3, 2017

  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (center) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (left) emerge with Betsy DeVos after a meeting at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, November 19, 2016

    Commentary

    Making American Education Great Will Require More Than Charter Schools

    The nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education has shone a spotlight on charter schools. While charters could become an important part of a great education system, this burst of attention poses a risk that other issues will be ignored.

    Dec 13, 2016

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    Defining the Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions for Data Science Within the Defense Intelligence Agency

    This report addresses and recommends potential methods for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to identify, hire, and organize data scientists.

    Nov 17, 2016

  • An apprentice works on a drill in a factory

    Project

    Summer Career Pathways Evaluation

    Summer Career Pathways is a random control trial of a cross-sector job pipeline in New Orleans, which aims to open opportunities for lower-skilled, unemployed and underemployed people to find skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.

    Sep 25, 2016

  • Journal Article

    How Policy Can Help Develop and Sustain Workforce Capacity in UK Dementia Research: Insights from a Career Tracking Analysis and Stakeholder Interviews

    This article attempts to identify research support strategies likely to be effective for strengthening the UK's dementia research landscape and ensuring a sustainable and competitive workforce.

    Sep 6, 2016

  • Workers working in a factory

    Commentary

    Back to Work: Middle-Skill Jobs in the STEM Economy

    The STEM economy will grow by 17 percent through 2018, with expected job vacancies totaling 2.4 million. Middle-skill STEM jobs that require associate's degrees or occupational certifications—such as computer support specialists, web developers, and engineering technicians—are in the highest demand.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • Job seekers wait to enter a job fair in downtown Denver, Colorado, March 13, 2014

    Commentary

    Labor Day Blog Series: American Worker

    To celebrate Labor Day, the American Worker series of commentaries offers research, reflections, and policy insights on a variety of topics that affect American workers.

    Aug 22, 2016

  • Young people waiting for a job interview

    Commentary

    Young Workers Without College Degrees Face Uncomfortable Truths

    Young Americans without a college education suffer from high unemployment, low earnings, and delayed adulthood with a limited ability to buy a home. To help them, policymakers need to remind themselves that workforce training and labor policy must focus on the technology-driven jobs of tomorrow.

    Jun 23, 2016

  • Two engineers check the status of equipment in a manufacturing facility

    Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    The first county-level examination of wages and employment for workers in the Appalachia region with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to prepare K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 9, 2016

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    Katharina Ley Best

    Associate Operations Researcher
    Education B.S. in systems engineering, University of Virginia; M.S. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan; Ph.D. in industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan

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    Gabriella C. Gonzalez

    Senior Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, Harvard University

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    Martha Vivian Merrill

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.S. in bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh; B.S. in chemistry, Virginia Tech; B.S. in biochemistry, Virginia Tech

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    Rachel Perera

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in policy analysis, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University; B.A. in political science and history, Hofstra University