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Seedco Career Advancement Policy Report

Seedco Career Advancement Policy Report

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CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Frm ‘Wr Frs’  ‘Wrr Mb’
A RepoRt FRoM the Seedco policy centeR
DECEMBER 2008
 
AcknoWledgMentS
The authors grateully acknowledge Seedco’s Becky Grayand Nakisha Evans or their support and guidance, as wellas Andrea Phillips, Julie Shapiro, and Carla Zanoni or theireditorial direction. Thanks to Neil Kleiman or helping to de-velop the concept or the report, Julie Strawn and Neil Ridleyrom Center or Law and Social Policy and Karin Martinsonand John Trutko rom the Urban Institute or their criticaleedback, and Demetra Smith Nightingale or her leader-ship on the Policy Center Advisory Council. We also oerour gratitude to the
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More career coaches and programparticipants who took the time to give us their thoughts andperspectives.This report was unded by the MetLie Foundation, withadditional support rom the Mizuho USA Foundation andWachovia Foundation.In addition to the above unders, operating support or theEarnMore pilot was provided by the New York City Center orEconomic Opportunity and the New York City Departmento Small Business Services. Additional support or Seedco’scareer advancement work has been provided by the AltmanFoundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the ClarkFoundation, the Ford Foundation, the Starr Foundation,and the Manhattan Borough President’s Oce.
DESIGN: Red Rooster Group, NY
Seedco is a national nonproft intermediary that workswith local partners to create economic opportunitiesor disadvantaged job seekers, low-wage workers, andneighborhood entrepreneurs. Seedco’s policy researchoers a practitioner’s perspective on workorce andeconomic development policy implementation, pre-senting a pragmatic assessment o the opportunitiesand obstacles inherent in developing programs andaccomplishing systemic reorm.
915 Brawa, 17 Fr, nw yr, ny 10010
Tel: 212 473-0255 • Fax: 212 473-0357Email: info@seedco.org • www.seedco.org
Seedco Polc Center Advsor Concl
Car: Demetra Smt Ngtngale
Js hs Urs
Tomas Bale
cmmu c Rsar cr
Lllam Barros-Paol
Sa Sa
 Jared Bernsten
em p isu
Angela Blackwell
pl
Davd Callaan
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Mcael F
Mra p isu
Mark Greenberg
cr r Amra prrss
Katerne Newman
pr Urs
Pal Osterman
Massauss isu  t
Start Roseneld
Ra t Sras, i.
 
tABle oF contentS
2
Introduction
3
Context
 
5
LOOKiNG OuTSiDE:
A Field Scano Career Advancement Programs
9
LOOKiNG WiThiN:
Seedco’s Approachto Career Advancement
 15
LOOKiNG FORWARD:
Action Steps
Frm ‘Wr Frs’  ‘Wrr Mb’
A CRiTiCAL REViEW OF CAREER ADVANCEMENT STRATEGiES
by Emma Oppenheim and Ben SeigelDECEMBER 2008
execUtive SUMMARy
Career Advancement strategies in workorce develop-ment have captured the attention o program admin-istrators, unders, and researchers alike. New modelshave emerged to help low-wage workers gain upwardmobility through intensive and sector-ocused trainingprograms. But these programs serve a narrow rangeo workers, screening out those with lower skills orcareer aspirations outside o a handul o industries,and operate at a small scale. Seedco’s
Earn 
More pilotexplores an alternative career advancement programmodel, oering intensive career coaching servicesand leveraging labor market services available in thecommunity. Preliminary results suggest that this client-ocused and lower-cost model is flling a crucial gapin services or incumbent workers, helping a broaderrange o workers advance in a diversity o ways.

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