Workforce Development

Thank the Academies

December 5, 2019  • Institute Staff

The Economic Opportunities Program’s Workforce Leadership Academies help leaders from workforce-development boards, nonprofits, community colleges, unions, public agencies, and other organizations reflect on the challenges they face and build the relationships necessary to solve them. The academies bring the leaders together for a yearlong fellowship that builds a lasting local network. The academies’ faculty explore a range of topics like race, equity, and evidence-based decision-making before culminating classes with a collaborative capstone project: fellows develop a proposal for a strategy that meets the needs of their local workforce and economy and then present it to local leaders. These projects have turned into real-world endeavors. A group of fellows from the Baltimore academy developed Good Business Works, which helps business leaders improve job quality and recognizes businesses that provide good jobs with a badge they can display. Good Business Works also launched an app that helps Baltimoreans easily find businesses that reflect their values. In the past year, the Economic Opportunities Program has launched academies in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, and Hudson County, New Jersey. Academies in Jackson, Mississippi, and Detroit will launch in 2020.