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Rework America

Advancing opportunities for millions of workers from low wage roles to move into good jobs.

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An Alliance to Help People Move Into Better Jobs

The Rework America Alliance is a unique partnership of civil rights organizations, nonprofits, private sector employers, labor unions, educators, and others working to help millions of workers from low wage roles move into better jobs.

Through our committed network of partners, the Alliance is developing data driven resources and tools to help workers who have built capabilities through experience but do not have a bachelor’s degree to come back to work in better jobs – particularly people of color and women as they have been disproportionately affected by the economic crisis.

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“The world of work is changing, and now more than ever, all of us need to come together to help workers gain the skills needed to obtain high-quality jobs and grow their careers. Joining the Rework America Alliance represents another important step in furthering our commitment to closing the opportunity divide, and we look forward to leveraging Workday skills cloud – a machine learning-powered, universal skills ontology – as part of this important effort.”

Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

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“BrightHive is thrilled to be part of the Rework America Alliance. With this incredible group of partners, we’ll be able to uncover, combine, and share the data and insights needed by workers, employers and training providers to rapidly reskill and rehire millions of unemployed Americans in good, in-demand jobs.”

Matt Gee, CEO, BrightHive

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“The world of work is changing, and now more than ever, all of us need to come together to help workers gain the skills needed to obtain high-quality jobs and grow their careers. Joining the Rework America Alliance represents another important step in furthering our commitment to closing the opportunity divide, and we look forward to leveraging Workday skills cloud – a machine learning-powered, universal skills ontology – as part of this important effort.”

Joe Garcia, Chancellor, Colorado Community College System

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“edX is thrilled to be part of the Rework America Alliance. As the country faces an economic downturn as a result of COVID-19, we are committed to working with the Alliance to help unemployed workers move into good jobs, with a stronger skill set than before. Developing programs and credentials that help people quickly, flexibly and affordably gain the knowledge and skills they need to unlock new and bigger opportunities is in edX’s DNA. We are honored to join the Alliance and bring these offerings to those that need them most.”

Anant Agarwal, Executive Officer and Founder, edX

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“Emily Griffith Technical College, located in Denver, Colo., is proud to partner with the Rework America Alliance to provide education, training and coaching to people looking to retool their skills, opening up new career opportunities for those who need it most.”

Stephanie Donner, Executive Director, Emily Griffith Technical College

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“The Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is excited work with the Alliance to create the big structural solutions needed to generate greater worker power. We want to learn and advance new ideas to create a system that expands choices and opportunities for those affected by entrenched inequities in the labor market and as a result of this crisis. We are excited to partner with the Alliance leaders to come together in working with communities to serve their workers.”

Dr. Raphael W. Bostic, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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“Futuro Health improves the health and wealth of communities by growing the largest network of credentialed allied health workers in the nation starting in California. We believe investing in education and skills training and retraining results in better-paying jobs for workers, better service for patients and better workers for employers to hire. We look forward to working collaboratively with the outstanding group of organizations in the Rework America Alliance to create effective training solutions at the scale and speed required to help workers move into career opportunities and gain economic security.”

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer, Futuro Health

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“Goodwill Industries International enthusiastically joins the Rework America Alliance to connect credentialing and employer partners into a seamless system that advances sustainable careers. Through equitable upskilling, skills-based hiring practices, earnings and advancement, we can ensure everyone benefits from equitable economic opportunity. Together, we can change systems and strengthen communities across the country.”

Wendi Copeland, Chief Mission and Partnership Officer, Goodwill Industries International

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“Google.org has been proud to support the work of the Markle Foundation since 2017. Now, it is particularly important to ensure cross-sector collaboration as we all aim to help rebuild an economy that works for everyone. We are optimistic about the promise of the Rework America Alliance and its goal to help connect workers with training and jobs that increase their economic opportunity and career mobility.”

Hector Mujica, Vice President, Google.org, Americas Economic Opportunity Lead

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“With the current war for talent, and growing imperative to prioritize DEI, employers have an opportunity to evolve their human capital practices so that they drive economic and racial equity through their biggest asset: their jobs. Shifting from degree-based to skills-based hiring is one of the best changes employers can make, because degree-based hiring automatically excludes more than 75% of Black talent and more than 80% of Latinos. Grads of Life is delighted to join the Rework America Alliance and work in partnership to help companies reassess their talent practices and embed equity from the top down.”

Elyse Rosenblum, Founder and Managing Director, Grads of Life

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“Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), is proud to support the Rework America Alliance to address unprecedented labor market challenges, contribute to an equitable recovery from the current economic crisis, and empower workers. H-CAP looks forward to partnering to build the workforce for quality care, using H-CAP’s experience as a national partnership of SEIU unions and healthcare employers to develop quality healthcare career education models for high road jobs and increase equity in the healthcare workforce.”

Daniel Bustillo, Executive Director, H-CAP

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“IBM is eager to share its expertise with the Rework America Alliance to help give job seekers the skills for higher quality jobs in all industries. By making technical acumen as important as academic degrees, employers are now realizing the benefits of diverse, adaptive workforces. IBM-led career readiness movements like P-TECH and resources like IBM’s SkillsBuild have demonstrated that great things can happen when public, private and not for profit sectors collaborate to create new opportunities for all.”

Guillermo Miranda, Vice President, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility

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“Ivy Tech is pleased to be a part of the Alliance. We are eager to help develop and deploy the constructs and insights that will provide a bridge between the dynamically changing labor market, training and education needs, and opportunities for social and economic mobility. Ivy Tech will be able to bring to bear its own quantitative and quality workforce research, extensive library of market-driven training and education programs, career coaching leadership, and strong partnerships with employer and community-based thought leaders.”

Chris Lowery, Senior Vice President Workforce and Careers, Ivy Tech Community College

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“Skills-based hiring is a practical, effective step employers can take to expand opportunity, improve mobility and diversity, and compete in a tight labor market. Too often, however, job seekers and employers don’t speak to each other in the language of skills. The Rework America Alliance partnership plays a vital role in bridging that gap and we’re proud to support it. ”

Chris Kibarian, CEO, Lightcast

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“McKinsey is proud to join the Rework America Alliance and contribute data-driven insights to help light a path for workers toward resilient, higher-wage jobs that have historically been out of reach for those without degrees or traditional experience. The rising wave of automation – combined with the economic disruption from the COVID-19 crisis – magnifies inequalities in the workforce, particularly for women and racial minorities who are disproportionately affected. Together with Alliance partners, we can help workers build the skills they need to advance in a shifting labor market and equip employers and educators with practical tools to shape a more inclusive economy.”

Liz Hilton Segel, Managing Partner for North America, McKinsey & Company

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“The Rework America Alliance presents a unique opportunity to bring forward proven resources from across sectors to help people get back to work and find good jobs. At Microsoft, we will bring forward the resources we committed to support 25 million unemployed workers from COVID and partner with the diverse group of stakeholders in the Alliance to accelerate the development of a new system of worker training that is both accessible and equitable to all.”

Kate Behncken, Vice President and Lead of Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft

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“The Black community is bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and economic upheaval will cause damage that will reverberate long after the virus has been contained. We cannot let people fall into debt or destroy their financial futures as a result of this crisis. The NAACP is excited work with the Rework America Alliance to provide the training, resources, and job opportunities necessary to ensure that everyone can continue to provide for themselves, their families and their communities without the constant fear of impending financial hardship.”

Derrick Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, NAACP

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“North America’s Building Trades Unions looks forward to working with the Rework America Alliance. Our world-class workforce development model creates career pathways and lifelong skills that provide family-sustaining wages and benefits, and we welcome the opportunity to share our perspective and experience in the important work of this Alliance.”

Dr. Tom Krige, Director of Research and Education, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU)

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“The National Partnership looks forward to working with this phenomenal coalition of industry, corporate, advocacy and labor leaders, with the mission of putting Americans back to work. Our nation faces a crisis upon on a crisis – both in the coronavirus pandemic and our struggle against racial inequality and injustice. Through our work helping women and all families achieve economic equality, we look forward to joining the Rework America Alliance to help shape a new society that looks at work and workers holistically.”

Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women and Families

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“African Americans are facing staggering income inequality because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the unemployment rate for workers with only a high school education rising to more than double the rate of workers with college degrees. The Rework America Alliance is marshalling the resources of an unprecedented roster of partners to help narrow – and ultimately close – that gap.”

Marc H. Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League

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“We know the current economic crisis and systemic racism disproportionately affect the 71 million workers without a college degree who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes, or STARs for short. STARs show up every day to work, learn, and contribute in essential ways. It’s time for our institutions to show up for them. We look forward to working with partners in the Rework America Alliance to create a more inclusive and equitable labor market for STARs.”

Shad Ahmed, Chief Partnerships Officer, [email protected]

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“PAIRIN is pleased to be a founding partner of the Rework America Alliance. To support the initiative, we will act as a delivery partner and provide system integration with our My Journey platform to include specific data and content provided through the alliance. This will provide for those displaced by the pandemic a step by step system to identify transferable skills from existing experience, match those to new careers, discover the training and certifications to ensure success, and get connected to real, COVID-resistant jobs. ”

Michael Simpson, Chief Executive Officer, PAIRIN

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“Per Scholas energetically supports the Rework America Alliance and is committed to helping the US workforce rebuild in a post-pandemic economy by focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion as pivotal tools for growth and recovery. Per Scholas will support the alliance by offering rigorous and tuition-free technology training and professional development to help workers successfully retrain or transition to IT careers, while also creating onramps to businesses in need of their talents.”

Plinio Ayala, President & Chief Executive Officer, Per Scholas

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“Today’s talent shortages and economic disparities warrant new thinking to ensure that both individuals have opportunities and businesses the talent needed to realize greater shared prosperity. SkillsEngine is thrilled to expand our relationship with the Markle Foundation to scale skills-based solutions. Alliances such as this are exactly what is needed to leverage capabilities across vendors and experts with a shared interest in closing the gap between education and the workforce.”

Michael Bettersworth, CEO, SkillsEngine

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“UnidosUS is excited to partner with the Rework America Alliance. Prior to the pandemic, Latinos had been disproportionately concentrated in low wage hourly jobs in hard hit industries. As a result, our community is bearing a larger brunt of the crisis. We need training and jobs programs that will help our community stay afloat and thrive. The Alliance will do that by providing the capabilities and tools that will connect our community to livable wage jobs.”

Peggy McLeod, Ed.D., UnidosUS Vice President, EDU, WFD and Evaluation

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“Wipfli’s mission is to ”create lasting, positive impact” and we are honored to be among the prestigious organizations of the Rework America Alliance. Our expertise as a full-service CPA and Consulting firm will be leveraged to help define, refine, develop and deploy smart systems that help coaches navigate and effectively use training and digital tools through a skills-based approach. Now more than ever, it is vital that organizations work together to enable these coaching programs to empower the dignity of work for all Americans.”

Ryan Risley, Principal and Chief Technology Officer – Business Solutions Practice, Wipfli LLP

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“The world of work is changing, and now more than ever, all of us need to come together to help workers gain the skills needed to obtain high-quality jobs and grow their careers. Joining the Rework America Alliance represents another important step in furthering our commitment to closing the opportunity divide, and we look forward to leveraging Workday skills cloud – a machine learning-powered, universal skills ontology – as part of this important effort.”

Jim Shaughnessy, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Workday

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Our Work

The Alliance will help those most in need of support by working closely with organizations nationwide that are already making a difference in the communities they serve. Together, we are developing and sharing resources that support the end-to-end process of connecting workers to good jobs.

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Career Coaching Resources

The Alliance is equipping career coaches with the tools and information they need to help job seekers in today’s economy.

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The Rework America Alliance is working with leading employers and advocacy and civic organizations to help displaced workers, particularly those of color, move into quality, in-demand jobs as the economy rebounds so that we can create a more equitable recovery.

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