Innovative Solutions

While no state has aligned all these state agencies behind an ALC agenda, some show promising practices that can be considered essential building blocks for how to design a comprehensive strategy for cross-agency collaboration.

Michigan: Office of Global Michigan (formerly ‘Office of New Americans’)

Michigan: Office of Global Michigan (formerly ‘Office of New Americans’)

Barrier: Michigan was invested in attracting global talent as a workforce development strategy in response to labor shortages, particularly in the health care profession. However, state initiatives advancing immigrant workforce development were implemented by different state agencies with no coordination. Solution: Established by executive order of the Governor, the Office of Global Michigan facilitates collaboration with other agencies across all programs concerning immigrant entrepreneurship, licensing, workforce training, education, housing, healthcare, refugee services, and quality of life. Through this office, the Governor supported a reform that would streamline the process for foreign trained professionals to get state licenses and, subsequently, coordinate all aspects of immigrant workforce development to minimize or eliminate barriers, and to streamline government processes.

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Alabama: Governor's Office of Education & Workforce Transformation (GOEWT)

Alabama: Governor's Office of Education & Workforce Transformation (GOEWT)

Barrier: Lack of capacity for consistent alignment of workforce and postsecondary agendas across state agencies. Solution: GOEWT was established to implement Governor Ivey’s workforce development strategic plan by coordinating workforce development and education for the state of Alabama. Funded via memorandum of understanding between the Governor’s Office, the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and the Alabama Community College System to transfer Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and career and technical education state leadership and administration funds to the GOEWT to coordinate strategies.

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Resources

Website for Office of Global Michigan

Website for the Office of Global Michigan which facilitates collaboration with agencies across multiple related programs.

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Health Care Career Pathways Guides

Office of Global Michigan

An online resource for skilled immigrants, providing important information on how to become a licensed professional in Michigan.

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE GOEWT

Memorandum detailing the goals and objectives of the Governor's Office of Education and Workforce Transformation in Alabama.

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