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Webinar on MDRC Research on Low-Wage Workers Now Available for Free Download from U.S. Department of Labor


In September 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration hosted a Webinar entitled “Improving Labor Market Success for Low-Wage Workers: MDRC’s Research on Job Retention and Advancement Programs, Education Interventions, and Transitional Jobs Programs.” More than 250 registrants participated.  A recorded version of the Webinar is now available for free download. The accompanying PowerPoint is also available separately. (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED)


  • Dan Bloom , Director, MDRC, Welfare and Barriers to Employment Policy Area
  • Rob Ivry , Senior Vice President, MDRC
  • Frieda Molina , Senior Associate, MDRC, Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area
  • Regina Peruggi , President, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY
  • Susan Scrivener , Senior Associate, Young Adults and Post-Secondary Education Policy Area
  • Maria K. Flynn , Administrator, Office of Policy Development and Research, Employment and Training Administration

The Webinar highlights research that MDRC is conducting, with support from the Employment and Training Administration, on programs serving low-wage workers, low-income students, and ex-prisoners returning to society. In education, MDRC focuses on findings from its long-term evaluation of Career Academy high schools, which combine small learning communities with career-oriented curricula and with work experience, and on how practitioners are using the research to improve their programs. This Webinar provides early findings from MDRC's Opening Doors demonstration, which is testing, at six community colleges, the effects of enhanced student services, instructional reforms, and performance-based scholarships on student grades, retention, graduation, and labor market outcomes. The president of one of these institutions, Kingsborough Community College, explains how they are building on the results of the study to expand learning communities programs for incoming freshmen.

Type: Lectures & Talks

Location: Online (Registration Required)

Date & Time: 9/26/2007, 3:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM