For nearly four decades, the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) has been empowering Colorado families to overcome poverty and become self-supporting.
Through programs focused on confidence-building, skills training and career advancement, CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income single parent families.
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In 2020, CWEE will have a rare opportunity to collaborate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct a randomized evaluation of CWEE’s strategies to increase opportunity and help Denver area workers navigate the changing labor market.
CWEE’s program is one of just four initiatives nationwide that were selected for evaluation by J-PAL at MIT, as part of J-PAL North America’s inaugural Work of the Future Innovation Competition.
Earlier this month, co-founders of J-PAL, MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics for their work developing more effective strategies to combat poverty across the globe.
“Technology and automation are transforming our labor market and the future of our economy, and too often lower-wage workers are left behind,” said Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “This is an opportunity – not just for CWEE, but for our entire state – to learn about policies and practices that we can scale across Colorado and leverage toward a shared economic prosperity for all workers.”
Learn more about CWEE’s new partnership with MIT and how J-PAL North America seeks to identify and scale programs that improve outcomes for all workers.
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