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Policy Matters: Reflections on the Past and Future of Apprenticeship

Federal and state apprenticeship policies have changed tremendously during the past four years, from new investments to the introduction of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. As we look beyond the national election in November, practitioners and policymakers have the opportunity to reflect on policies that have shaped apprenticeships in the US. 

Please join the Urban Institute, in collaboration with New America and Jobs for the Future, during National Apprenticeship Week for a timely panel discussion of apprenticeship policy. Thought leaders, industry specialists, and state practitioners will review promising practices at the national, state, and local levels and make policy recommendations for 2021 and beyond. 


Bipartisan Hill Discussion

  • Katherine McClelland, Professional Staff, Committee on Education and Labor, US House of Representatives
  • Jake Middlebrooks, Professional Staff, Committee on Education and Labor, US House of Representatives

National Policy Panel Discussion

  • Greg Chambers, Director of Corporate Compliance, Oberg Industries
  • Robert I. Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Labor, New America
  • Eric M. Seleznow, Senior Advisor and Director, Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning, Jobs for the Future
  • Zach Boren, Senior Policy Program Manager, Urban Institute (moderator) 

Apprenticeship Promising Practices Panel Discussion

  • Noel Ginsburg, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chair of the Board, CareerWise Colorado
  • Joshua Johnson, Director, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Diane Auer Jones, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, US Department of Education
  • Kim Reynolds, Governor, State of Iowa
  • Nicholas Toth, Director of the Office of Apprenticeship, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Bhavani Arabandi, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute (moderator) 

Support for this event is provided by the US Department of Labor. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Principal Research Associate
  • Senior Policy Program Manager
  • Institute Fellow