Aspen Institute's Sector Skills Academy applications due

Applications for the Sector Skills Academy are due January 24, 2014. The Sector Skills Academy was created to provide emerging leaders in the sectoral workforce development field with a unique professional development opportunity. Entering its ninth year, the Academy has graduated nearly 200 fellows and has helped to build a community of innovative, strategic and collaborative sector leaders across the country.


The Academy is a year-long program involving workshops, webinars, and peer support, and is designed for leaders from community-based organizations, community colleges, local government, labor-management partnerships, worker centers, WIBs and business associations. Through three 3-day workshops participants will hear from leading sectoral practitioners, share ideas and experiences, and gain exposure to innovative ideas and creative leaders in today's sectoral development field.

As an integral part of the Academy, each participant will reflect on and refine their vision, strategy and implementation plan for a specific sectoral initiative, compatible with his/her organization's vision and goals. Participants will explore industry-targeted strategies that build ladders to good jobs, as well as approaches that aim to transform bad jobs into good jobs. Applicants should be involved in a current sector initiative or developing a new initiative and have the authority within their organization to lead such an effort.  

The Academy's ninth class of approximately 25 participants will begin in April 2014. Applications to the Academy will be accepted through January 24th, 2014. To learn more about the Academy, visit:


Ready to apply? Complete the online application now. Preview the application here. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.


The Sector Skills Academy is a project of the Aspen Institute's Workforce Strategies Initiative with principle support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.