Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, upskilling, workforce development, career training, impact investing

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Topics: community development, upskilling, workforce development, career training, impact investing

Mile High United Way Invests $6 Million and Selects 100 Strategic Investment Grant Partners

Posted on July 12, 2018

United Way

Mile High United Way is proud to award $6 million in the 2018-2020 Strategic Investment Grants to 100 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver. These selected partners are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and demonstrate impact with measurable outcomes. Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.

Topics: community development, job quality, good jobs, impact investing, WorkLab founding member

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Topics: community development, job quality, good jobs, impact investing, WorkLab founding member

Operator Sees 5% Retention Increase through Multifaceted Approach to Workforce Issues

Posted on June 27, 2018

By McKnight's Senior Living

Recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge across all of senior living and post-acute care. One operator based in Colorado, where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, is taking a multifaceted approach to address workforce issues.

Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that the operator says already have resulted in a 5% increase in retention in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the turnover rate in 2017.

Topics: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, employee retention, good jobs, job quality, case studies

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Topics: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, employee retention, good jobs, job quality, case studies

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Posted on April 13, 2018

Slate

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Topics: employee retention, labor shortage, barriers to employment, childcare, absenteeism

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Topics: employee retention, labor shortage, barriers to employment, childcare, absenteeism

Mercy Connections Names Lisa Falcone Next Executive Director

Posted on April 12, 2018

Shelburne News

Shelburne resident Lisa Falcone has been named the next executive director of Mercy Connections, board chair John Bossange announced last week.

“[Falcone] brings experience, wisdom, and an understanding of the mission of Mercy Connections,” Bossange said in the announcement.

Topics: WorkLab founding member, WorkLab leadership, scaling the Model

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Topics: WorkLab founding member, WorkLab leadership, scaling the Model

WorkLab Innovations Receives Kellogg Grant to Expand Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 7, 2017

WorkLab Innovations, LLC has received a $775,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to replicate its Sustainable Workforce Model in three major U.S. cities. Through the grant, the national nonprofit will leverage its successes in its founding member sites to implement its groundbreaking program in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, scaling the Model, Kellogg Foundation, impact investing, job quality, good jobs, community development, workforce development, workforce support

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, scaling the Model, Kellogg Foundation, impact investing, job quality, good jobs, community development, workforce development, workforce support

Work-Life Navigation Goes National

Posted on March 27, 2017

The Rockefeller Foundation

We all try to bring our best selves to work every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. For those of us fortunate enough to have access to networks and resources, “life” can often be easily managed with a few phone calls or transactions. For the 42 percent of the workforce making less than $15 per hour, a broken down car, snow day from your kids’ school, or health emergency can mean lost wages or even a lost job, which further harms the individual, family, and employer.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, scaling the Model, Rockefeller Foundation, impact investing, good jobs, job quality, workforce development, workforce support

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, scaling the Model, Rockefeller Foundation, impact investing, good jobs, job quality, workforce development, workforce support

Kellogg Funds Two-Generation Upskill Training Grant

Posted on January 1, 2017

WorkLife Partnership, a WorkLab Founding Member, has received a two-year grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Two-Generation Upskilling. WorkLife's Upskill training creates a customized plan that aligns with both the existing workforce and the organization's goals. By proactively investing resources into their workforces, companies can increase employee skills and satisfaction, as well as engagement and retention.

Topics: Kellogg Foundation, WorkLab founding member, upskilling, impact investing, career training

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Topics: Kellogg Foundation, WorkLab founding member, upskilling, impact investing, career training