Workforce Strategy Center is one of America’s most experienced nonprofits working to strengthen the nation’s economy by producing a prosperous and globally competitive workforce.

Using the latest emerging technologies and platforms, WSC collaborates  with education, workforce development, and economic development organizations to develop strategies and innovative solutions that help students, workers and employers succeed in a rapidly evolving and disruptive economy. Since its inception in 1998, WSC has helped over 25 states create equitable workforce competitiveness opportunities aligned with economic growth initiatives. As an applied think tank, WSC provides a forum to develop alternative work + learn futures, test new ideas and conduct research on effective strategies to advance the field of education, workforce and economic policy and practice.

Past engagements to advance the field include:

Funders

  • ABT Associates
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • Annie E Casey Foundation
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Corporate Voices
  • Ford Foundation
  • Hewlett Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • Irvine Foundation
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Scholastic
  • Sloan Foundation
  • The Hartford Foundation
  • USA Funds (now Strada Education Network)
  • Wiley

Research and Policy
  • Community College Research Institute
  • Center for an Urban Future
  • Center for Community Action
  • CLASP
  • Jobs for the Future 
  • Knowledge Works
  • Performance Institute
  • Rutgers University – Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 
  • Southern Growth Policies Board
  • Southern Policy Research Associates 
  • Year Up
  • YouthBuild

Local, State and National Government 

  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • Housing and Urban Development 
  • Missouri Black Caucus
  • Missouri Department of Workforce Development 
  • New York State Department of Labor
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Washington State Board for Career & Technical Colleges
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • West Virginia Council for Community & Technical Colleges

National Associations

  • American Association of Community Colleges 
  • Association of Community College Trustees
  • Education Commission of the States 
  • League for Innovation
  • National Council for Workforce Education
  • National Governors Association 
  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development
  • The Conference Board 
  • United Way
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Education and Workforce Development Organizations

  • Bergen Community College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Hostos Community College
  • Kentucky Community & Technical College System
  • Lehman College
  • Louisiana Community & Technical College System
  • Madison Workforce Development Board
  • Medgar Evers College
  • NYC Workforce Investment Board
  • Portland Community College
  • Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
  • St. Louis Community College
  • State University of New York
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Westchester/Putnam Local Workforce Investment Board
  • Workforce Development Board of Southcentral Wisconsin
  • Workforce Development Council of Seattle
  • Workplace Hollywood
  • York College
OUR APPROACH

Using a futures thinking approach that includes foresight and insight by identifying technological signals and trends, we help education, workforce development and economic development organizations develop resilient and aligned strategies that lead to sustained action. As a result, these organizations are better positioned to support their stakeholders in a future of work and learning that is highly disruptive and volatile. Our services include:

Consulting and Advising

WSC advises clients that seek to align education, workforce development and economic development policies and practices.  Using our tested foresight-insight-action approach, WSC experts work with clients to plan and implement sustainable regional workforce development systems that are grounded in data and driven by employer demand. 

Strategy Management and Program Evaluation

WSC helps clients ranging from foundations to policymakers manage workforce development initiatives such as structuring initiatives, administering funding, managing operations, and evaluating outcomes.

Convening and Facilitation

WSC and its team of experts organize and conduct virtual institutes, forums, conferences and workshops designed to facilitate high quality dialogue around effective workforce development strategies. These new innovations and policies are shared through a variety of digital media channels.  

Writing and Research

As an applied think tank, WSC’s publications present evidence on the impact of successful initiatives that lead to effective policies and practices in the workforce development field.

Contact us to learn more about how we can support your organization.