Communities and Workforce Development


Communities and Workforce Development






The studies presented here constitute a significant step towards a comprehensive assessment of the role that community organizations played in revamping the employment services industry. Most importantly, they show how a new style of labor market intermediary has evolved from focusing almost exclusively on the provision of employment services to job seekers to simultaneously addressing the needs of both job seekers and employers.


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  1. Communities and Workforce Development in the Era of Devolution / Edwin Meléndez
  2. Competing for Contracts: Nonprofit Survival in an Age of Privatization / M. Bryna Sanger
  3. CBOs and the One-Stop Career Center System / Ramón Borges-Méndez and Edwin Meléndez
  4. Union-Sponsored Workforce Development Initiatives / Beverly Takahashi and Edwin Meléndez
  5. Addressing the Employment Challenge for the Formerly Homeless: Supportive Housing in New York City / Alex Schwartz, Edwin Meléndez, and Sarah Gallagher
  6. Workforce Development in the Information Technology Age / Michael A. Stoll
  7. Community Technology Centers: Training Disadvantaged Workers for Information Technology Jobs / Lisa J. Servon
  8. Beyond the First Job: Career Ladder Initiatives in Information Technology Industries / Laura Wolf-Powers
  9. Community Colleges, Welfare Reform, and Workforce Development / Edwin Meléndez, Luis M. Falcón, Carlos Suárez-Boulangger, Lynn McCormick, and Alexandra de Montrichard
  10. Innovators Under Duress: Community College in New York's Workfare Setting / Lynn McCormick
  11. Community Colleges as Workforce Intermediaries: Building Career Ladders for Low-Wage Workers / Joan Fitzgerald
  12. Interorganizational Networks among Cmmunity-Based Organizations / Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán
  13. Corporate-Community Workforce Development Collaborations / Stacey A. Sutton


9780880993166 (pbk) ; 9780880993173 (cloth) ; 9781417596317 (ebook)

Subject Areas

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; Regional policy and planning; Regional collaboration

Communities and Workforce Development




Meléndez, Edwin, ed. 2004. Communities and Workforce Development. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.