Future of Work

Joint Center Shares New Data at Rep Lisa Blunt Rochester’s CBC ALC Forum

On September 13, Joint Center President Spencer Overton shared new data and a 6-page fact sheet, Improving Training to Brighten the Future of Black Workers, at Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester’s CBC ALC forum, Disruption or Innovation: A Blueprint for the Black Community in the Tech-Age. Ahead of the forum’s conversation, Spencer revealed the Joint Center’s new findings that urge for better analysis and disclosure of outcomes by race to ensure that training programs are effective for African Americans and emphasized the importance of effective data in helping Black workers use quality training and education programs to earn higher salaries.

The findings from the fact sheet will be shared in more detail in the Joint Center’s report, Evaluating African American Outcomes to Improve Workforce Training Programs. The full report will be released in the fall.

Other speakers at the forum included Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative Executive Director Alastair Fitzpayne, Delaware Technical Community College President Dr. Mark Brainard, and Apple Community Education Development Executive Cathleen Richardson. Brookings Institution Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee moderated the discussion.

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.