Today, high demand for STEM-related jobs is not met with adequate supply—the median duration of vacancies in STEM roles is more than twice that in other fields. To address this, in 2015 the Obama administration announced TechHire, a public-private partnership to create more fast-track tech training opportunities in high-paying IT fields such as cybersecurity, network administration, and data analytics, and to improve job placement. Opportunity@Work was launched shortly thereafter, and has made TechHire its first initiative. Opportunity@Work aims to improve the accessibility and usability of information available for job seekers, employers, and providers of job skills education and training; and to improve the ability of and incentives for companies—starting with the currently over 400 employers in the 31 communities that have committed to the TechHire initiative—to hire more workers with the skills, but not necessarily the pedigree, to do the job.
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Grants to this Grantee
for bridging open education and equity in preK-12 districts
New America is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to renewing America by confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change and seizing the opportunities those changes create. New America’s Education Policy program will undertake a three-year project to report on and promote the development of inclusive teaching and learning that combines OER and culturally responsive teaching methods; conduct policy analysis on this topic; and disseminate stories and recommendations on a national level. This grant serves key goals for the Education Program and the Open Education Strategy, including developing pedagogy, practice, and a more inclusive and responsive field. (Substrategy: Systems.)
for the Resource Security Program
This grant will support New America’s Resource Security Program. Climate change is already shaping human security by making droughts longer and drier, storms stronger, and fires and floods more destructive. This program seeks to redefine security for the 21st century, with a focus on the link between natural resources and human security. This entails research around the geopolitics of natural resources, including energy, water, food, and critical materials. The program will also emphasize research around climate security and how climate change will reshape the risks to peace, looking for ideas that can guide policies, investments, and actions to prevent conflict and build security.