OCTAE Connection - Issue 223 - January 29, 2015

OCTAE Newsletter

January 29, 2015


USCIS Listening Sessions on New Americans Announced

The President’s Task Force on New Americans and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invite you to participate in three listening sessions to discuss federal strategies to strengthen the economic, linguistic, and civic integration of new Americans. Three sessions are planned:

  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern)

On Nov. 21, 2014, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate new Americans into communities. Read more about the Task Force and the call for feedback.

During these listening sessions, Task Force members, including OCTAE leaders, and USCIS officials will provide an overview of the Task Force on New Americans and seek your feedback on best practices or strategies for successfully integrating immigrants and refugees into local communities.

To register for these sessions, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit the USCIS registration page to confirm your participation
  • Click here to register for the January 29th session focusing on receiving communities
  • Click here to register for the February 3rd session focusing on economic and linguistic integration
  • Click here to register for the February 5th session focusing on civic integration
  • Enter your email address and select “Submit”
  • Select “Subscriber Preferences”
  • Select the “Event Registration” tab
  • Provide your full name and organization
  • Complete the questions and select “Submit” 

      Once USCIS processes your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details. If you have any questions about the registration process, or if you do not receive a confirmation email within two business days, please email Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

      Note to the media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries. If you have questions regarding the engagement or other stakeholder matters, please email Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.Back to Top

      New ED Website Provides Partnership Building Tools for Employers and Educators

      Last year brought unparalleled advances in workforce education and training. In July 2014, President Obama signed the overwhelmingly bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—the most significant reform of job training programs in more than a decade. The new law offers an unprecedented opportunity for the business community to partner with adult education and workforce providers. This will allow employers to customize training and upskill their frontline workforces, expanding job access and opportunity for all Americans. See a U.S. Department of Education blog post, coauthored by Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, detailing these opportunities.

      Concurrent with the signing of the WIOA, Vice President Biden released his landmark report, Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity, a review of the nation’s training programs. The goal of the report is to ensure that workers attain the education and skills they need to progress along their chosen career pathways, and that employers find skilled workers to support the economy.  

      The WIOA and other new reform efforts opened the door for workforce education and training grant programs. As a result, the Department of Education was tasked by the vice president’s Ready to Work Initiative to develop a new employment and training website. This website—Tools for Building Employer-Educator Partnerships—is designed to introduce both employers and educators to the value of partnering together; describe best practices and success stories; and, disseminate evidence-based tools that contain academic and practical solutions for building partnerships, sustaining collaborations, and creating career pathways. 

      Employer-educator partnerships hold the potential to

      • increase foundation skills development within the workplace; 
      • foster new skills development and internal job promotion; 
      • provide stepping stones for low-wage, entry-level workers to more viable employment; and, 
      • link education/training and workforce development to labor market trends and needs.

      All interested parties, particularly those providing services to adult learners, are encouraged to visit the website to help facilitate the adaption of new resources, initiate new partnerships, and strengthen existing partnerships. 

      Any questions about the website and its content are welcome by emailing employers@ed.gov.Back to Top

      Many New Jobs Projected to Require Less Than a Four-Year Degree According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

      February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.  In honor of that, this column focuses on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS’) national employment projections between 2012 and 2022, especially as they relate to jobs that require less than a four-year degree.

      Between 2012 and 2022, total employment is projected to increase by 10.8 percent, or an additional 15.6 million jobs.  The bulk of this growth is projected to be in service-providing industries.  Leading the way is the health care and social assistance sector, with an annual projected growth rate of 2.6 percent.  This is an addition of 5 million jobs, or nearly one-third of the total projected jobs increase.

      In this sector, registered nurses requiring an associate’s degree are projected to have the most job openings over the next decade (526,800).  The field of nursing assistance, which requires postsecondary non-degree training, is projected to gain 312,200 new jobs.

      Several health care and social assistance sector jobs with currently low employment rates are expected to grow rapidly during the decade, including diagnostic medical sonographers, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapist assistants, and dental hygienists.  Each of these occupations typically requires an associate’s degree.

      In addition to new jobs, job openings occur from the need to replace workers who retire or otherwise permanently leave an occupation.  According to the BLS’ projections, 50.6 million total (new and replacement) job openings are projected between 2012 and 2022.

      Jobs requiring postsecondary education tend to pay better.  In general, they had higher median wages in 2012 ($57,770), and are projected to grow faster between 2012 and 2022 (by 14 percent), than occupations that require a high school diploma or less ($27,670 median salary with a 9.1 percent growth rate).

      Apprenticeships are growing faster than any other on-the-job training, and are forecasted to grow by 22.2 percent during the decade.Back to Top