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Building Pathways to Prosperity for Low-Income and Hard-to-Employ Adults

By Evelyn Ganzglass

We must deploy strategies—education, training, and work supports—as pathways for low-income workers out of poverty. We must find pathways to connect hard-to-employ individuals—high school dropouts, ex-offenders, welfare recipients, low-skilled immigrants—to the education, training, and support they need to gain a foothold in the economy. The government must partner with the private sector, educational institutions, and community organizations to create a workforce system that aligns education and training with labor market needs. The new administration and Congress should pull together fragmented programs and funding streams into a workforce system that enables low-wage workers to prosper.

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