The Wall Street Journal reports on a new workforce-development initiative called Skillful State Network which recently launched across 20 states, and is aimed at helping workers transform their skills for the digital age and developing paths for workers without college degrees to enter middle-skills jobs. The program helps employers rethink their hiring methods, encourages better communication between educators and employers, and has states share information that help determine how and when to retrain workers. This comes at a time when the middle-skills workforce urgently needs better training, especially as “employers, educators, and policy makers are wrestling with the question of how best to transfer workers’ current skills into digital-ready skills and then rapidly prepare them for new opportunities.” Through the program, organizations are encouraged to remove outdated requirements from job descriptions—such as years of experience or bachelor’s degrees—which would open up new talent pools for consideration. One participating organization also transformed its apprenticeship program for workers new to a field. While the best methods of helping train workers for new opportunities remain to be seen, more collaboration and shared data between employers, educators, and the government can help inform how workforce-development programs can improve.