Economic Opportunities Program

Media Archive

April 2013
"Collaborating to Produce an American Workforce with In-Demand Skills", Huffington Post, April 18

"The Challenge of Expanding Employment Opportunities for the Unemployed", April 3

"U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will receive the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 2014 Harry S. Truman Award", April 2

January 2014
"Skills for America's Future and the White House Summit on Jobs”, January 31

"Aspen Institute Appoints John Colborn to Direct Skills for America's Future”, January 28

November 2013
"Skills for America’s Future” Nick Pinchuk, Huffington Post, November 11

October 2013
"Skills for America’s Future Playbook,” Aspen Institute, October 15

August 2013
"Skills for America’s Future Announces New Advisory Board Leadership,” Aspen Institute, August 12

May 2013
"Education Should be Skills-based" Robert Westfall, The Kansas City Star, May 31

"Baltimore's Investment in Job Creation", Baltimore Sun, May 17, 2013,0,3606854.story

"Inaugural Luminant Power Track Class Graduates", Luminant Power Track, May 10

April 2013
"Working Together to Bridge the Skills Gap" Eva Sage-Gavin, Huffington Post, April 24

February 2013
"The skilled trades – tackling gaps in need, training and employment" Tristan Lejeune, Employee Benefit News, February 11

"Shoring Up the Gap Between Workers, Available Jobs," Matt Dembicki, Community College Times, February 6

November 2012
"Skills for America’s Future Focused on Developing Strategic Partnerships between Community Colleges and Employers" George Lorenzo,, November 8

October 2012
"Learn and Earn" Jon Marcus, Time Magazine, October 19

September 2012
"Chicago, Cook County create Skills for Chicagoland's Future jobs program" Kathy Bergen, Chicago Tribune, September 13

"Partnerships Are Key to Work-Ready Communities," Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard and David M. Zaslav, Huffington Post, September 12

"Unlocking the potential of small business owners: Walter G. Bumphus, Penny Pritzker and Jerry Sue Thornton"

June 2012
"Businesses team with colleges to achieve workforce goals"

March 2012
“Matching Education to Jobs, William D. Green,” BusinessWeek, March 30, 2012

“Building on What Works,” Karen Elzey, March 12, 2012

“Karen Elzey of Skills for America's Future writes in AME on 'Closing the Skills Gap with Community Colleges,” March 2, 2012

January 2012
"President Highlights Skills for America’s Future Model in State of the Union,” January 5, 2011

December 2011
“Time is Now to Reform the Way America's Workforce is Trained,” Aspen Institute, December 13, 2011

“Skills for America’s Future Chair Penny Pritzker Commends Mayor Emanuel’s “College to Careers Initiative,” Aspen Institute, December 13, 2011

November 2011
“At-Risk Santa Monica Students Training For High Paying Jobs In Creating TV, Film Promotional Spots,” Santa Monica Mirror, November 12, 2011

“Skills for America’s Future: Connecting Community Colleges to Tackle the IT Talent Gap,”  Karen Elzey, November 11, 2011

“As Millions Seek Work, an Overhaul in Retraining,” New York Times, November 10, 2010

October 2011
“Advanced manufacturing: Help Wanted,” Star Tribune, October 30, 2011

“Chicago Career Tech Celebrates Fourth Class at Launch Event,” Chicago Career Tech, October 28, 2011

“Promaxbda, SMC and SBCC's Promo Pathway Program Enters New Partnership with 'Skills for America's Future' to Connect Students to the Entertainment Economy” (Skills for America’s Future, PromaxBDA, Santa Monica College and South Bay Center for Community Development), October 26, 2011

“Does Job Retraining Work?,” Slate, October 24, 2011

“Big-name companies to help colleges train workers,” Associated Press, October 5, 2011

“Obama touts industry-led initiative for job training,” CNN, October 4, 2010

September 2011
“Start Talking Skills, Not Just Jobs,” Huffington Post, By Karen Elzey and Maureen Conway, September 7, 2011

August 2011
“Workers (and business) unite!” Economist, August 27, 2011

“Discovery Forges Partnership with Montgomery Community College,” Maryland Gazette, August 24, 2011

“Skills for America’s Future Expands Commitment from Discovery Communications” (Skills for America’s Future), August 23, 2011

“Getting the word out about job skills,” Community College Times, August 23, 2011

“UPS’ Work-Study Package,”, August 3, 2011

“Community colleges step in to fill 'skills gap',” CNNMoney, August 1, 2011

July 2011
“American manufacturing needs skilled workers,” Christian Science Monitor, July 22, 2011

“Committing to U.S. manufacturing,” Politico, July 6, 2011

“Skills Gap’ Leaves Firms Without Worker Pipeline,” Associated Press, July 5, 2011

June 2011
“National Organizations Announce Partnership to Help Employers Shape National Skills Strategy” (Joyce Foundation), June 30, 2011

“Skills for America’s Future Featured as Innovative Policy Solution at Aspen Ideas Festival”(Skills for America’s Future), June 30, 2011

“Want better economy? Fill skills gap,” Politico, By Penny Pritzker, June 9, 2011

“Obama pushes job training initiatives to boost US manufacturing,” Christian Science Monitor, June 8, 2011

“Obama Highlights Need For Manufacturing Jobs Training,” ABC News, June 8, 2011

“Obama touts growth in manufacturing in speech,” Washington Post, June 8, 2011

“Education program to focus on jobs,” Politico, June 8, 2011

“Obama’s economic plea: Patience and optimism,” USA Today, June 8, 2011

“President Obama and Skills for America’s Future Partners Announce Initiatives Critical to Improving Manufacturing Workforce” (White House), June 8, 2011

“Responding to President Obama’s Call to Action, Skills for America’s Future Announces New Partnerships & Advisory Board” (Skills for America’s Future), June 7, 2011

CSPAN’s Washington Journal, Karen Elzey discusses President Obama’s expansion of job-training initiatives.

May 2011
“Get ready to get dirty,” Politico, By Mike Rowe (Host of “Dirty Jobs”), May 11, 2011

April 2011
“Skills for America’s Future Highlights Commitment to Veterans, New Energy Jobs Training at Community College Summit in San Diego” (Skills for America’s Future), April 15, 2011

Utilities and Community Colleges: The Right Partners to Build California’s New Energy Jobs, by Karen Elzey, Jose Millan and Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges, 2011

March 2011
“UPS joins Obama’s community college training initiative,” Post & Parcel, March 23, 2011

“Skills for America’s Future Announces Commitment by UPS to Help Train Workers, Expand Partnerships” (Skills for America’s Future), March 23, 2011

“Ensuring workers have the right skills,” Indianapolis Star, By Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, March 22, 2011

“Community colleges work to fill huge demand for ‘middle-skill’ workers,” Medill Reports, March 2, 2011

November 2010
“As Millions Seek Work, an Overhaul in Retraining,” New York Times, November 10, 2010

October 2010
Editorial: “Skills for America’s Future initiative makes sense,” Delaware County Daily Times, October 8, 2010 

“Big-name companies to help colleges train workers,” Associated Press, October 5, 2010

 “President Obama to Announce Launch of Skills for America’s Future” (White House), October 4, 2010

“Obama touts industry-led initiative for job training,” CNN, October 4, 2010

“New ‘Skills for America's Future’ Initiative to be Launched at The Aspen Institute” (Aspen), October 4, 2010