Heldrich Center, Federal Reserve Bank collaborate to address education, workforce development polices in edited book, October 2014 conference

May 28, 2014

Dr. Carl Van Horn

Dr. Carl Van Horn, the founding director of the John H. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and a visiting Non-Resident Scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank for the 2013-14 academic year,  was recently promoted to the position of Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. One of the highest honors given to faculty at Rutgers, Distinguished Professors “have demonstrated outstanding scholarly accomplishments by earning significant recognition…both nationally and internationally” for their contributions in their academic disciplines.

He is the author or editor of 17 books and over 100 scholarly articles and reports on American public policy and the labor market, including his most recent book Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

Workforce development and labor market issues have come to the forefront as the nation continues its recovery from the Great Recession.  As part of Dr. Van Horn’s collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank, The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City are partnering on a project that will result in a national conference in New Brunswick in October 2014 and an edited book in spring 2015.

The book will bring together an array of authors to address education and workforce development strategies and policies to improve opportunities for job seekers, meet the needs of employers, and improve the effectiveness of workforce development programs. Edited by Todd Greene of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Tammy Edwards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Dr. Van Horn, select chapters and case studies will be discussed at the national conference. The book will be published in 2015.

Experts from The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City will share their perspectives on transformative education and workforce development strategies and policies at the “Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century” conference, October 15-17, 2014.

Attendees will learn how to improve opportunities for job seekers, students, and workers, especially those who face the greatest difficulties in the labor market; meet the needs of employers and society for a highly skilled, well-educated, competitive, and productive workforce; and deliver effective and efficient solutions that can be adopted by federal, state, or local/regional governments as well as by educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

The conference will be held at The Heldrich Hotel and Raritan River Conference Center, 10 Livingston Avenue,  New Brunswick, N.J.

Workforce development providers, postsecondary educators, federal, state, and local policymakers, community-based organizations, researchers, lenders, the philanthropic community, and students are encouraged to attend. Register now to get the early bird rate of $245—a savings of $50 off the regular rate of $295— for conference registrations processed by midnight (EST) Friday, July 18, 2014. Cost covers conference meals (two breakfasts, one lunch, and snacks) and a networking reception on Wednesday, October 15.

A room block has been established at the Heldrich Hotel for conference attendees at a rate of $149 a night. To book a room at this rate, reservations must be made by September 23, 2014.  Click here for instructions on reserving a room with the conference group code.

For more information or questions about the conference, please contact Kathy Krepcio at krepcio@rutgers.edu.

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