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Workforce Development Networks
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Workforce Development Networks
Community-Based Organizations and Regional Alliances

First Edition

January 1998 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Across the country, community development corporations (CDCs) and other types of community-based organizations (CBOs) have become increasingly involved in workforce development, encompassing recruitment, skill training, placement, mentoring, and crisis intervention. Workforce Development Networks explains why and how the need for such customized, networked mediation has become so acute in America, especially for residents of low income communities of color, and why conventional approaches continue to fail. This book explores how labor markets are changingùjobs are being created, but they pay less, and job security is declining, as is the payoff for experience and seniority. The authors walk the reader through ten case studies, taken from across the United States over a period of 5 years. They show how a growing number of CDCs, CBOs, community colleges, and regional public authorities have made progress, using the principles of networking and collaboration. Bennett Harrison and Marcus Weiss conclude with their recommendations for community-based workforce development networks.

 
Introduction
 
The Changing Structure of Labor Markets in American Cities
 
Taking Stock of What We Know about Job Training and Workforce Development
 
Why CBOs Engage in Training/Workforce Development and Form or Enter Interorganizational Networks Help Them Do It Better
 
The Case Studies
Workforce Development Networks with Individual CBOs at Their Hubs

 
 
Peer-to-Peer Networks Engaged in Workforce Development
 
Regional Intermediaries Bridging Business Development, Community Building and Job Training
 
Synthesis and Conclusions
Toward Better Design, Promotion and Evaluation of Community-Based Workforce Development Networks

 

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