As Governors continue to address workforce shortages in nearly every sector of the economy, state workforce development policymakers and their private sector partners remain focused on increasing labor force participation by reducing barriers to training and employment. During the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Winter 2023 Workforce Symposium, the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs (Chairs Association) – an affiliate network of the NGA Center for Best Practices – heard from public- and private-sector leaders about strategies to support justice-involved individuals by connecting them to training, supportive services, and long-term employment opportunities.
Moderated by Dr. Lucretia Murphy, Vice President and Director for Justice and Economic Advancement at Jobs for the Future, the panel featured Alisher Burikhanov, Executive Director of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board; Dr. William Arnold, Director of the Tennessee Office of Reentry; and Nan Gibson, Executive Director of Second Chance, Economic Security Net, and Careers & Skills at the JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter. The discussion highlighted Governors’ leadership in developing promising state models for supporting successful workforce reentry.
In 2022, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear launched the Prison-to-Work Pipeline, a unique…
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