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3 Reasons to Skill Up this National Apprenticeship Week

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

President Obama has used the launch of the first National Apprenticeship week to shine the spotlight on the value and opportunity that exists with the...

It's National Apprenticeship Week -- And Nobody Does It Like North America's Building Trades Unions

Sean McGarvey | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Sean McGarvey

As our nation celebrates "National Apprenticeship Week," it is worth noting that for over 100 years North America's Building Trades Unions and its signatory contractors have funded and operated a skilled craft apprenticeship system that is the envy of the world.

Ending Mass Incarceration One Good Job at a Time

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Nationwide, more than four out of ten adult American offenders return to prison within three years of their release. Too often, they return to a life of crime because they can't get a job, yet they can't get a job because of their prison record.

Donald Trump: The Sorcerer Not 'The Apprentice'

Frank Islam | Posted 09.08.2015 | Entertainment
Frank Islam

In his performance as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, to this point, Trump has demonstrated little of the knowledge or skills required of an apprentice. He appears to still be very much in the early stages of development and a learning mode when it comes to things governmental.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Volkswagen Might Have Found A Fix For America's Youth Unemployment Problem | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business

Volkswagen's experimental apprenticeship program pays workers as they learn and offers jobs to graduates.

The Millennial State of the Union Must Not Be Overlooked, and Here's Why

Jessica Adair | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Jessica Adair

If you're reading this and think that young adults should simply work their way through school with a summer job or forgo higher education entirely, know this: That is not how our economy works anymore.

We Need Young People Working: Here's What This Congress Can Do

Paul Kendrick | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Kendrick

The 114th Congress has an opportunity to fundamentally shift American life. To do so, though, they must overcome cynical calculations that have become too common when it comes to young people and politics.

The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here's What They Want to Do About It

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Addressing the skills gap is vital to our economy, and small businesses are a big part of the solution. Small employers already support the steps needed to make a difference, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs and more.

Why the U.S. Needs More Apprenticeship (and Less Cowbell)

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Emad Rizkalla

Apprenticeships are still sometimes seen as a novelty instrument and are also vastly underutilized. The reality is that apprenticeship models deserve far more respect. While they might be a little out of synch and disruptive, that is exactly what the system need.

Technology Is Bringing Back the Apprenticeship Model. It Just Has a Different Name - Mentoring

Tara Chklovski | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

While most mentoring organizations share these learning environment characteristics, we have profiled at least one for each to provide an example of how this framework is being currently practiced in the field.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

Moving On From Hacker Schools

Adam Milligan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Huffpost Code
Adam Milligan

The value, and expense of education is a complex subject -- a subject which, particularly in our current economic climate, has been repeatedly addressed by people with more experience in, and knowledge of, higher education.

The Solution of Hacker Schools

Avi Flombaum | Posted 07.23.2014 | Huffpost Code
Avi Flombaum

Adam Milligan wrote a post yesterday called "The Problem with Hacker Schools." In it, he questions the value of programs like Flatiron School, of which I'm the founder and dean.

The Problem With Hacker Schools

Adam Milligan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Huffpost Code
Adam Milligan

The absence of clear alternatives to traditional four-year programs has generated a lot of confusion about what it takes to work effectively in software.

Why Every Politician Should Undertake a Business Apprenticeship

Alex Pirouz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

It seems crazy to me that a country should be governed by the least able and most parasitic and why the electorate don't demand that politicians should have at least had some experience of creating a profit-generating enterprise.

Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What role should K-12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public education.

Public Education and Job Readiness: Why Is There a Disconnect Between Available Jobs and Qualified Employees?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What employers require from the marketplace aligns neither with the skill-sets of workers from the "old economy" nor with what our educational institutions are creating in terms of the competencies and knowledge bases of their respective graduates.

Public Education and Job Readiness: Where Have All the Jobs Gone?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

To what extent has public education kept pace with the changing requirements of the U.S. labor force in order for the population to be gainfully employed in a variety of these 21st-century pursuits?

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Apprenticeships are a win-win: They provide workers with sturdy rungs on that ladder of opportunity and employers with the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. And yet they've been an undervalued and underutilized tool in our nation's workforce development arsenal.

City Council Must Not Undermine Minority Opportunities

Bertha Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

A new City Council proposal meant to solidify organized labor's role in local development projects will effectively bar minority- and women-owned businesses from competing for contracts and create new barriers to employment for many residents.

The 3 Vital Steps of the Apprenticeship Phase

Robert Greene | Posted 11.08.2013 | Books
Robert Greene

This is the phase in life in which we finally declare our independence and establish who we are. But for this second education in our lives, so critical to our future success, there are some powerful and essential lessons that we all can benefit from.

The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

The Role Of Apprenticeship Programs In The MENA Region

Curt Rhodes | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Curt Rhodes

The past 10 years in Jordan thousands of disadvantaged youth have been assisted to obtain basic education credentials to access accredited vocational training and improved employment opportunities.

More Bang for the Tax Dollar: Building Schools and Careers in San Diego

Susan Duerksen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Susan Duerksen

Inside a tangle of scaffolding that rises above the modest homes of a south-central San Diego neighborhood, a new energy-efficient school is taking shape.