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NCLR to Host First-Ever Latino Focused Workforce Development Conference

NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, will hold its 2010 Workforce Development Conference—“¡Listo! Preparing Latino Workers for the New Economy”—on Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14 in Chicago, Illinois. This two-day conference will convene business leaders, advocates, and policymakers to discuss the barriers limiting Latino workers’ career mobility and focus on effective programs and policies that will help Latino workers succeed in today’s labor market.

“Representing 14.2% of the workforce, Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the United States workforce and will play a crucial role in getting America’s economy back on its feet,” said Simon Lopez, Senior Director of Workforce and Leadership Development. “Through a network of community-based Affiliates, business partners, community colleges, and local and state governments, NCLR is making great strides toward identifying challenges that Latinos face in the workforce and building programs that bridge Latino workers’ education and skill gaps to prepare them for lifelong career advancement.”

Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training, Department of Labor, will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday. Highlights also include workshops following five tracks: Career Pathways Strategies, Serving Vulnerable Workers, Youth Workforce Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Local, State, and Federal Policy Solutions. NCLR will also release a new report during the conference titled Learning In Context: Preparing Latino Workers for Careers and Continuing Education,which explores the impact of integrated training programs on low-skill and limited-English-proficient participants.

To learn more about the 2010 Workforce Development Conference,click here.