Flying Kite Special Edition: JOIN(t) Action

Our friends at Flying Kite Media put together a special edition of their online magazine for JOIN(t)Action to create a new narrative on the people that are working to return Philadelphia’s workforce to world-class levels. Check it out below! This piece is about the JOIN-funded jobs training pipeline called the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Read […]

JOIN was named “Outstanding Collaborative” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

This award recognizes JOIN’s work in supporting innovative partnerships, substantively adding to the regional conversation about human capital with work like ROI 360, and driving a thoughtful, strategic policy agenda. JOIN was one of two recipients for this award out of a field of 32 potential winners. We brought a group with us to Cincinnati, […]

JOIN receives $40,000 Boeing Grant to Support On the Job Training

This grant will support expanded partnership between JOIN and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Development Partnership (link to partnership page), a coalition of advanced manufacturers, food manufacturers and transportation and logistics employers. We were able to apply for this grant through our connection with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, who developed the relationship with the […]

To Fix Skill Gaps, Think Local

It’s estimated that between three to four million jobs are going unfilled in America. How is that possible, when so many individuals are out of work? Most of these jobs are “middle-skilled” positions, which don’t require a college degree, but demand more than a high school education. They include jobs in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, construction, […]

Letter to the editor in the Patriot News (Harrisburg) from a former JOIN board member

Industry Partnerships has shown its value I read the article (“Pa. workers rank high in upward mobility,” May 10) on the Pew Economic Mobility Project and Pennsylvania’s relative good score compared with the rest of the states. Would you believe that part of this success rests on an initiative that is truly a Pennsylvania nonpartisan […]

Defending Philanthropy From Its Detractors

By NRO Staff May 25, 2011 4:08 P.M. In response to Jim Lacey’s article “Gates, Buffett, and Misguided Philanthropy,” National Review Online received this letter from Steve Gunderson of the Council on Foundations. Read the article HERE.

Workforce Development Partnership Serves Both Employers and Employees

By Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Philadelphia The health-care industry is the largest employer in Pennsylvania, and as a result, this industry has a huge impact on the state’s economy.1 As baby boomers age and their health-care needs increase, however, the state is facing a health-care workforce shortage that is […]

Arne Duncan supports JOIN

February 28, 2011: U.S. Secretaries of Education and Labor, Arne Duncan and Hilda Solis, visit trainees at the JOIN supported District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. In the words of Secretary Solis, “I think this is a great model that we would love to see replicated.”

New York Times

January 25, 2011: JOIN and its partners are featured in an op-ed in the New York Times for our work to “teach residents the skills they need to re-imagine the urban voids they encounter every day.” Click here to view the article.

Philanthropy never shuts down

by Ronnie L .Bloom & Steve Gunderson Apr. 10, 2011 THE 11TH-HOUR avoidance of a government shutdown is another glaring reminder that the federal government is both broke and broken. But as the nation’s leading grant makers gather in Philadelphia this week for the Council on Foundations’ annual conference, they will see visible evidence of philanthropy’s […]