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ACS Group is Ascending Career Solutions Group, Inc. It is a 501(c)(3) FBO (Faith Based Organization). It was founded in 1995 as a consulting group. After the tech bubble and Y2K crash, involvement in workforce development began in 2002. In 2005, the name and founding of Ascending Career Solutions, Inc. was founded and authorized by the IRS Exempt Organization Division.
No. The Organization does not proselytize. We hold conservative values and expectation of conduct. Many other faiths and beliefs have been served. There is a code of conduct that each person must follow, and that includes respecting each other according to the ultimate authority by God. The ACS Group submitted its by-laws as part of its application and comes under that faith exemption.
No. Employment agencies market people to companies for contract, contract to permanent, or direct hire employment. Ascending Career Solutions Group, Inc. does what employment agencies and human resources departments cannot do legally in assessments.
Our model is active viable businesses that are skills focused and progressive to meet needed industry standards. Its model that gets over the “Catch 22” of: you can’t get hired without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. Schools are planned in the future.
Our endeavor is more focused and the American people are more than this effort in STEM.
As a Foundation, it is generous the Gates have donated $1 Billion to educate 20,000 students. This is a $50,000 education bill for institutions that are considered elite. (Inclusive of my state’s ASU that has errors in telling students what entry exams are needed and then telling students they must grovel to past instructors for recommendations for errors by the university.) It means the screening funnel is so small, and cost of admission so high, even average family income students would not qualify. Focus was on an education major that could have received the same education at a lower priced college of education. Texas showed there are many smart people in it Upper 10% program that allowed lower socio-economic kids entry into college. Many colleges are finding these entry requirements do not have a significant statistical effect on graduation rates. It is more marketing to businesses to say they allow on the “best”; versus affecting output results.
Nothing could be further from the truth. I have seen many great educators that have classroom control, presentation, creativity and management skills. We don’t have enough of them and I am showing why.
Pay at the level of training and applied. Teachers are a part of the social services and understand there are different levels. It is why I advocate full degrees and teaching credentials.
No. Teach for America founder has never been in a classroom and taught. Elitist mentalities for liberal arts graduates from Ivy-league schools are sought. The reality is only 1% of these graduates stick around, never get past the provisional stage of certification, incur cost on troubled school districts, are referred to outside jobs by founder, and have about 50% of student debt deferred. Teaching is almost exclusively at the elementary level.
No. The ACS Group is a Registered Contractor, but has not received any government grants. These grants have been found to be directed at government agencies and large non-profits that have a large salaried executive staff. Transparency has also been an issue with some grants going to organizations that have multiple issues.
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) reviews government and other programs for cost effectiveness and overall outcomes. A comprehensive 1994 DOL study assessing JTPA, as well as, studies in 1996 and 2011 from the GAO, found little was known about outcomes of employment and training programs and had no significant benefits in wages and employment, over those not using government sponsored programs.
1932 Reconstruction Finance Corporation that helped stabilize banks, leading to lending, and the start of public relief programs, that were later taken over by New Deal Programs.
1933 saw the Wagner-Peyser Act set up a system of employment offices to match workers with jobs.
One of the largest programs was the 1939 Works Progress Administration or WPA , renamed the Work Projects Administration. Although it had many successes, that are seen in present day, employers were reluctant to hire these workers. It was also a target of waste and corruption. It was ended in 1943, due to WW2. Corruption, abuse and hiring reluctance have followed subsequent programs.
- Area Redevelopment Act of 1961 provided training to workers in depressed areas .
- Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 1962 provided subsidies to workers who lost their jobs due to import competition. Also that year, Manpower Development and Training Act, aimed to retrain workers displaced by automation.
- Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 created multiple employment and job training programs, including Job Corps.
- Emergency Employment Act of 1971 from the 1971 Recession. Included was the Public Employment Program (PEP), mainly in local governments up to two years. Later renamed Public Service Employment (PSE) that also extended to charities and boasted up to 700,000 government sponsored jobs. It was one of the scandal-ridden programs.
- Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) of 1973, provided large-scale subsidies that was plagued with fraud and abuse, that is evident in Justice Department cases.
- With wide-spread scandal, CETA was replaced by the 1982 Job Training and Partnership Act. It main difference was emphasis on private sector employment and sought private industry partnerships. It too fell victim to mismanagement and abuses.
- JTPA was replaced with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and its later revisions. A significant feature was the creation of One-Stop Career Centers across the nation. These centers are supposed to help unemployed workers find jobs and access employment counseling and job training. Many also are assessment points for various entitlement programs and referral to other agencies.