Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of Workforce Development, and Career and Technical Education Organizations. The list is updated frequently. (If you have a suggestion for an addition, or a comment, please email use at email@example.com. thanks.)
Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that works to ensure educational and economic opportunity for all. JFF develops innovative career pathways, educational resources, and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled workforce. With over 30 years of experience, JFF is the national leader in bridging education and work to increase mobility and strengthen our economy. JFF Events Page.
National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members.
Road Trip Nation – For 15 years, we’ve made it our mission to talk with professionals of every kind and ask the questions that no one is asking—honest questions about their struggles, successes, and how they figured out the age-old dilemma, “What should I do with my life?” From video game designers to lawyers, sports journalists to STEM professionals, and everything in between, we’ve sought out untold stories and shared them. These stories form the basis of our career exploration products—including an educational curriculum, personalized online tools, video content, bestselling books, and live events. Together, these tools create a diverse and relevant collection of resources showing young people the vast scope of careers and possibilities.
InsideTrack – Improving one student’s experience in school and chance of success can have a life-long impact on not just that individual, but on greater society. That ripple is why we do what we do. InsideTrack is passionate about student success. Since 2001, we have been dedicated to partnering with colleges and universities to create adaptive coaching solutions that generate measurable results. These solutions combine professional coaching, technology and data analytics to increase student enrollment, completion rates, and career readiness.
CAEL – The leader in linking learning and work, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) pursues work at all levels within the public and private sectors to enhance learning opportunities for adults around the world.
Advance CTE – Advance CTE is an advocate for policies and legislation that enhance and sustain high-quality CTE programs throughout the nation. To that end, Advance CTE represents the CTE interests of its members in the nation’s capital by actively monitoring federal legislative developments and maintaining a focus on the latest research, news and issues influencing the dialogue on CTE and education policy. Advance CTE support states in the development and implementation of state policy through research, resources and major initiatives, like New Skills for Youth. In cooperation with the Center to Advance CTE, Advance CTE provides leadership and support for the National Career Clusters® Framework to deliver high-quality CTE programs through improved curriculum design and instruction. Advance CTE manages the Common Career Technical Core, a set of common CTE standards released in 2012.
Americas Promise – America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Our work is powered by our belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed.
We are the nation’s largest partnership of our kind, bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities, educators and ordinary citizens behind the idea of making the promise of America accessible to all young people.
Association for Career and Technical Education – ACTE’s mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. ACTE strives to empower educators to deliver high quality CTE programs that ensure all students are positioned for career success.
Apprenticeship Forward – Apprenticeship Forward began as a national conference held in Washington, DC on May 4th-5th, 2017. Bringing together 600 leaders from the apprenticeship community – representing businesses, industry associations and workforce boards, educational institutions, academia, and state and federal agencies – the conference focused on two emerging challenges for American apprenticeship: engaging new industry sectors and expanding apprenticeship access, especially for women, people of color, and young people who have historically been underrepresented in apprenticeship. More about Apprenticeship Forward.
New America – We are dedicated to renewing America by continuing the quest to realize our nation’s highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create.
The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) – is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) national workforce intermediary organization that assists unions, employers, workforce intermediary partnerships, the workforce system, and community organizations by advocating for and providing employment and training related services that help to create, expand and retain high quality jobs.
The WAI works with AFL-CIO institutions (more than 600 state labor federations, local labor councils, and the Industrial Union Council) and unions, employers, workforce boards, and apprenticeship officials to increase the effectiveness of economic development and workforce systems.
The Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) – is a national labor/management organization that promotes innovation and quality healthcare career education. Its board includes Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals and healthcare employers across all sectors of healthcare. Its mission is to transform healthcare workforce development and education in order to support and engage a well-trained and valued workforce to better meet the needs for quality care.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) – is the leading think-tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens. IWPR advances women’s status by developing new policy ideas, encouraging enlightened public debate, and promoting sound policy and program development, and operates on the principles that knowledge is power, and that strong social science evidence makes a difference in moving public policy.
Jobs With Justice (JWJ) – is a national nonprofit that leads strategic campaigns and works to shape public discourse to build power for working people. Bringing together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the local and national levels, JWJ supports its grassroots network of coalitions and leaders with research and analysis, legislative engagement, and leadership development.
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) – is the national organization representing workforce agencies in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and U.S. territories. Its mission is to enhance state workforce agencies’ ability to accomplish their goals by providing policy expertise, sharing best practices, and promoting innovation and leadership. As a national advocate, NASWA works through its network to serve as a catalyst for workforce development systems change.
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) – represents approximately 550 workforce boards and their over 12,000 business members. Its member boards coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with local education and economic development stakeholders to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training efforts meet the needs of employers. NAWB works closely with policymakers in Washington, DC to inform national strategy as it relates to workforce boards and their local partners.
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (the National Fund) – supports 32 regional workforce collaboratives and 85 active industry partnerships with technical assistance and coaching, peer learning opportunities, new research, LMI, and financial resources. Leveraging local know-how and national strategy, it has raised over $300 million in investments for its initiatives since its foundation in 2007. The National Fund’s mission is to drive practices, policies, and investments that enable workers to succeed in good jobs, provide employers with a skilled workforce, and build more prosperous communities.
The National Governors Association (NGA) – is the collective voice of the nation’s governors. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. Through the bipartisan NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.
National Skills Coalition – is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. Founded in 1998, at a time of decreasing national investment in skills training and when skill gaps were growing in key U.S. industries, National Skills Coalition engages in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support Americans workers and their employers. More than 3,200 members, representing more than 1,400 organizations in over 43 states, comprise the membership of National Skills Coalition.
Opportunity America – is a Washington, DC-based think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership, and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans. The organization’s principal activities are research, policy development, dissemination of policy ideas, and working to build policy consensus. Opportunity America also manages a coalition of employers and employer associations working to improve policy on workforce issues.
Third Way – Third Way is a national think-tank that champions modern center-left ideas, fighting for opportunity, freedom, and security across a broad range of issues. Their advocacy campaigns combine rigorous policy research with a unique and incisive understanding of the vast “American middle.”
Urban Institute – The Urban Institute’s staff of nearly 500 includes social scientists, economists, communicators, mathematicians, demographers, and data scientists. They are driven by a passion to ensure that everyone — regardless of income, race or ethnicity, education, or zip code — has the chance to achieve their highest potential.
Center on Education and Skills – The Center on Education & Skills at New America (CESNA) was founded in 2016 to follow developments in the world of work and to assess the effectiveness of education—both academic and work-based—in preparing all Americans for jobs and in keeping their skills relevant as technology, workplaces, and regional economies evolve.
Year Up – Millions of young adults in this country are facing social and economic injustice. Despite talent and motivation, they lack access to higher education and careers that provide them with a living wage. At the same time, our economy needs help. U.S. businesses are calling for more and better-trained talent to compete on the global stage, but there will not be enough skilled workers to meet that demand.
Newco Shift Forum – At Shift Forum, we brought together innovators, Fortune 1000 leaders, VCs, policy experts, academics and regulatory thinkers to drive change, fuel new ideas, understand the impact of disruptive technologies and resulting new market opportunities, and that’s just a small slice of what happened!