In order to ensure the 21st century workforce has flexible and new paths to employment, it is time to reimagine the types of credentials that people earn. While the college bachelor’s degree will remain a mainstay of the U.S. economic engine, there are other types of credentials that can help workers learn skills that help them enter the workforce quickly or progress in their career. Some employers and institutions are using innovative curriculum designs to offer nanodegrees that give workers skills and the opportunity to earn a wage premium while not requiring them to be out of the workforce for a prolonged time. These credentials will allow workers and students to design a program of study that matches the modern economy.
The Center for American Progress will discuss innovative programs to reimagine the way that students earn postsecondary credentials. A recent CAP report examined stackable credentials that could dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete college by allowing them to move between education and work while amassing credentials that build upon each other. A panel will discuss these emerging approaches to program design.
Foreign policy crises seem to be multiplying around the world, including the brutal threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, continued Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, violence in the Central African Republic, and civil conflict in Libya and Yemen. In the face of these challenges, deeply divergent views about American foreign policy interests and the appropriate use of American power have divided both Democrats and Republicans across and within party lines.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a screening of a brief mini-documentary that chronicles the effect of coal ash pollution on North Carolina families and discusses reforms that keep polluters and other campaign donors from influencing our courts. A panel of experts will analyze the role that U.S. state courts play in protecting the environment. The panel will discuss reforms that keep courts fair for those suing powerful companies, as well as a recent CAP report, which found that public financing for judicial campaigns undermined the influence of campaign contributors in North Carolina judicial elections.
In roughly 30 states, it is still legal to fire, refuse housing, or deny service to Americans based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity. This discrimination causes disproportionate rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, and negative health outcomes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community. With marriage equality continuing its overwhelming success in courts across the country, the time is now to continue the conversation about ensuring basic protections for all Americans.
Between 70 million and 100 million - or as many as one in three Americans - have some type of criminal record. Many have only minor offenses; some have only arrests without conviction. Yet having even a minor criminal history now carries lifelong barriers that can stand in the way of basic necessities such as employment and housing. This has broad implications—not only for the millions of individuals who are prevented from moving on with their lives and becoming productive citizens, but also for their families, communities, and the nation's economy.
Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about how mass incarceration and hyper-criminalization have become a major driver of poverty and inequality and what can be done to remove obstacles to economic security and mobility for people with criminal records. At this event, CAP will release a new report that explores how a criminal record serves as a barrier to employment, housing, public assistance, education and training, and more, as well as recommendations to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at making a decent living, providing for their families, and joining the middle class.
We are in the midst of a critical moment on the road to reaching a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. climate change conference in Paris. Over a span of four weeks, the Obama administration is seeking to capitalize on the opportunities—and avoid the pitfalls—presented by the historic joint announcement of U.S.-Chinese post-2020 domestic climate goals; the imminent round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru; the annual Montreal Protocol negotiations in Paris; the Green Climate Fund’s pledging conference in Berlin; and more.
To shed light on this network of intersecting events, the Center for American Progress is hosting a conversation with the person at the center—as well as on the front lines—of the Obama administration’s international climate strategy: U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. We are pleased to invite you to what will be a timely and lively conversation at this vital moment in international climate diplomacy and action.
The Center for American Progress hosted its second annual Making Progress Policy Conference featuring several rising stars of progressive policy and politics, including Ambassador Samantha Power, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Corey Booker, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and many more. From the economy and the importance of a strong middle class to the impending challenges of climate change, the Center for American Progress continues to push for answers to the important questions confronting America.
Please join Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Gov. Ted Strickland from the Center for American Progress for a conversation on the upcoming open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace. As open enrollment approaches, the evidence tells us that in terms of affordability, access, and quality, the Affordable Care Act is working—and families, businesses, and taxpayers are better off as a result. Secretary Burwell will provide an overview of the department's efforts to enroll Americans in quality, affordable health coverage through the marketplace and to ensure that the millions of Americans who are enrolled in the first open enrollment period re-enroll for coverage in 2015.
This event is co-sponsored by Community Catalyst, Enroll America, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Service Employees International Union.
Earning a degree or credential beyond high school is essential to improve one’s standard of living and achieve economic mobility. However, American postsecondary education is increasingly financed through tuition paid by students and families, many of whom rely on federal student loans and grants. Given the individual and taxpayer investment in postsecondary education, it is critical to ensure that learning is of the highest quality.
Career-focused education programs, often run by for-profit colleges, are eligible to participate in federal student-aid programs with the expectation that they help students achieve meaningful employment after graduation. Left unchecked, some institutions have taken advantage of students by promising gainful postgraducation employment but leaving them buried in debt and with no job prospects. To improve accountability, the Obama administration has undertaken a multiyear effort to define what it means for an educational program to lead to gainful employment. The purpose of this regulation is to create better value for students who enroll in career education and ensure that the system guarantees students access to quality programs.
Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which the Obama administration will explain its policy relating to gainful employment. A panel of higher-education experts will follow to discuss the administration's regulation.
Millions of Americans are disconnected from the financial system. Some do not have bank accounts at all, while others with accounts also rely on products outside the mainstream banking system, such as check cashers and pawn shops. These families often pay more just to access their paychecks, pay bills, and manage their money. But city and community leaders, as well as banks, have taken steps toward building a more inclusive financial system that works for all Americans.
Over the course of a generation, what we know about the brain has grown exponentially. As a result of our improved understanding of our minds, we now have more insight into how children—and adults—learn best. Cognitive science has yielded some paradoxical findings, including that play may be the best way for children to learn the self-control needed for hard work; that rote memorization can be a stepping stone to using higher-order critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and that integrating arts into the curriculum can improve students’ long-term memory of what is taught.
Unfortunately, this research has often been slow to make its way into schools or is used in haphazard ways. Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which we will discuss ways in which findings from cognitive science can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Implications for federal, state, and local policy will be discussed.
The nation's system of public universities, colleges, and training centers has long served as one of the key levers for broadening economic and social mobility. Yet, since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, state governments have decreased their direct investment in these vital public institutions. State budget cuts have devastating real-world effects: Public colleges have increased their reliance on tuition paid by students and families, and in particular, the net price paid by low- and middle-income Americans has increased in the states that cut funding the most. In order to achieve the nation's goals for a highly educated population and to remain competitive in the global economy, this great retreat in public support for higher education needs to be reversed.
The public narrative about “work-family balance” is too often reduced to quick sound bites and images that communicate a narrow vision of which women deserve attention and what problems they face. The result is a discussion that is at times simplistic and not inclusive—one that leaves out the diverse voices of many women from different backgrounds, particularly women of color, who are grappling with similar problems. This event will bring together experts to discuss how to achieve a more inclusive conversation about work-family conflicts that is reflective of the diverse experiences of all women and what policy solutions are needed to improve the lives of women and their families.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with key state and federal officials and leading experts from the environmental and labor communities. There is a growing awareness that methane pollution must be addressed if we intend to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This panel will examine state and federal approaches to capturing the potential economic and environmental benefits of methane pollution control strategies.
Across the nation, there's growing concern around tests and the role that they play in our nation's education system. For decades, many states and districts have taken a slap-dash approach to testing, and they have relied heavily on so-called bubble tests, which are often poor benchmarks of student learning. What's more, tests have taken an outsized role in many areas, and in some states and districts, students are simply overtested.