State Skills-Driven State Community of Practice Initiative (NGA)

Last Updated: 03/03/2024

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The National Governors Association (NGA) supports participating states in developing skills-based pathways to opportunity. Efforts focus on quality assurance, data collection, and the connection to good jobs. In the Skills-Driven State Community of Practice initiative, the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), launched a project in 2022 to help governors’ offices and other senior state officials better connect skills-based training to skills-based hiring practices.

The project encourages officials to consider promising design elements of Learning and Employment Record (LER) systems. This peer learning opportunity supports states in preparing their employers, education and workforce systems, data systems and policies to design and implement digital wallets and LER projects as a tool for equitable economic mobility.

Resources for skills-driven states include:

  • Resources from the Advisory Council Leadership Board
  • Microcredentials, certificates, digital badges, and learning pathways resources
  • Learning and Employment Record (LER) and Digital Wallet resources
  • Blockchain and the Metaverse
  • Equity in skills-driven work
  • Skills-based economy resources: Brookings Policy Brief: The promises and perils of new technologies to improve education and employment opportunities | Brookings White Paper: Learning and working in the digital age: Advancing opportunities and identifying the risks | Education Design Lab Report: Skills Visibility: Why and How a Skills-Based Economy can be More Equitable | Guild Education Guide: A Guide to Getting Started with Career Mobility | Guild Education Report: What U.S. Workers Want from Education | Government Technology Article: Executive Order to Strengthen California Blockchain Efforts | House Education and Labor Committee Section by Section Overview: Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act of 2022 (H.R. 7309) | Stanford Graduate School of Education Report: Nine recommendations for an applied science to support working learners | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Initiative Website: JEDx: Jobs and Employment Data Exchange
  • Skills-based hiring resources
  • EdTech Procurement Resources

Participating States

Participating states include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.


Partners include Jobs for the Future, C-BEN, Brookings, U.S. Chamber Foundation, Digital Promise, Credential Engine, SHRM, Business Roundtable, Goodwill, Markle Foundation

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