Workforce Strategy Center

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Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) is a nonprofit organization that works with federal, state and local workforce development and economic development agencies and community colleges to align policies and practices to help workers advance in a changing economy.

The organization focuses on working with other entities with the ultimate goal of finding ways to transition workers displaced from their previous jobs into new careers.

One example of such an approach is Career Pathways, a framework for career advancement that has emerged over the past decade that emphasizes the need for post-secondary education and training. Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) has worked throughout the United States on Career Pathways[1].

Founded by Julian L. Alssid in 1998, WSC has three main areas of concentration. WSC works with education, workforce development and economic development practitioners on the state and local levels to develop strategies to help students and workers meet the needs of local economies [2]. WSC assists state and national policymakers to develop education and employment policies that better align public resources to develop more effective workforce development programs [3]. As an applied think tank, WSC conducts research and issues reports to advance the field of workforce development policy and practice [4]. Workforce Strategy Center's work has been cited in national newspapers[5], prominent trade publications[6] [7] [8] [9], and on National Public Radio[10] [11].


WSC has published articles and reports on workforce development issues [12]. In addition, WSC has published the following op-eds:

  • Alssid, J., & D’Amico, C. (2008, April 8). Creating pathways to careers for low-wage workers. Indianapolis Star, p. A9.
  • Alssid, J. (2008, March 18). State needs strategy to develop knowledge economy. The Newport Daily News, p. A9.
  • Leach, M., & Alssid, J. (2008, February 3). Arkansas now has a pathway to a global workforce. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, p. 2J.

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  • Grossman, L. (2010). New York City Career Pathways: Skills Strategies for Low-paid Immigrants. In F. Froy, S. Giguère & A. Hofer (Eds.), Designing Local Skill Strategies (pp. 239 - 274). Paris: OECD Publishing.
  • Brown, E. A. (2009, November 6). Report highlights effective CTE programs for at-risk youth. Education Daily, 42(194).
  • Fischer, K., & Parry, M. (2009, July 24). How Obama's $12-Billion Could Change 2-Year Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 55(42), A1.
  • Field, K. (2009, May 22). A Year of College for All: What the President's Plan Would Mean for the Country. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 55(37), A16.
  • Fischer, K. (2009, May 8). As the Auto Industry Shrinks, a Community College Retools. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 55(35), A1.
  • Hoover, E. (2009, March 27). Collaborations Could Help Ease the Nursing Bottleneck. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 55(29), B9.
  • Sander, L. (2008, June 6). For Work-Force Training, a Plan to Give College Credit Where It's Due. The Chronicle of Higher Education. 54(39) A21.
  • Hess, R. (2008, February 4). Longitudinal Study Shows Many Dropouts Not Even Trying at 20. Employment and Training Reporter, 39, 300-301
  • Smith, A. (2008, January 6). Educated work force is needed, says job expert. The Providence Journal, p. H1.
  • Morales, C. (2006, August 7). N.Y. Project Yields To-Do Trilogy to Career Track. Employment & Training Reporter, 37(46), 718.
  • Heisler, E. (2005, January 14). Leaders Here Want to take a Page From California in Biotech. St. Louis Post Dispatch, p. C1.
  • Alssid, J., Gruber, D., Jenkins, D., Mazzeo, C., Roberts, B, & Stanback-Stroud, R. (2005). Engaging Institutions in Workforce Development: Career Pathways for Disadvantaged Adults. Workforce Development and Higher Education: A Strategic Role for Institutional Research: New Directions for Institutional Research, 128, 83-97.
  • McGarry, B. (2004, November 30). ACC to Help Boost Area's High-Tech Employee Pool. The Post Star, p. B1.
  • Angelo, J. M. (2004, April 1). The $250 million pie: Bush's federal funding program may be a pie with many slices, but for schools not prepared to vie for the funds, it may be a pie in the face. University Business.
  • Evelyn, J. (2004, March 19). Community Colleges Expect Loss in Job-Training Funds Despite Bush's Promises. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 50(28), A23.