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New Paths for Skills Training: Lessons From the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Thomas J. Duesterberg

Corporate Executives regularly lament the lack of workers with the mid-level technical skills required in the modern economy.

Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Closing the skills gap can be done by increasing the demand for workers, upgrading worker skills, and increasing the supply of workers who are available. We simply must get our public schools actively engaged in this quest.

Manufacturing Jobs for Women

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Even when you tell them about the many high-paying jobs that are available in the manufacturing industry, it is just not a career that they are considering. And of those few high school students who might show an interest, fewer yet would be young women.

Jobs for Blue Collar Men

Paul A. London | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Paul A. London

A strong reason to do infrastructure now is that interest rates are very low so financing is cheap and trillions of private money is on the sidelines that could be borrowed inexpensively to finance infrastructure expansion.

The Art of Y: Local Manufacturing

Alex Schattner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Alex Schattner

Have you ever had an idea for a product--maybe even went as far as mocking it up--but then shied away from it due to fears of difficult and costly overseas manufacturing?

7 Things Attracting the Youth to American Manufacturing

Mike Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Mike Roberts

From procurement to design, building, delivery, and service, there's considerable opportunity -- not to mention massive room for growth -- at some of the world's largest companies.

A Two-Year Career Path

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Community colleges are uniquely suited to working with local businesses and other enterprises to determine precisely what training and skills are needed in a local area.

A More Nuanced Measure of Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

With its focus on production rather than consumption it will convey the vital message that it is the production of goods and services that best determines our economic vitality, not their consumption.

Placing a Value on Veterans' Skills

Gary Sinise | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Gary Sinise

Twenty years ago I played a veteran in Forrest Gump and over the years I have been privileged to meet and support many real life Lt. Dans, active duty military, and veterans. They continue to inspire me to encourage our nation to do everything it can to honor and support this generation of veterans.

What San Francisco Can Teach The World About Urban Manufacturing

Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

The U.S. has added more than 550,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 2010. After decades of outsourcing overseas, American manufacturing is exper...

WATCH: Filling The Skills Gap In Manufacturing: The Untapped Resource

Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 3:15pm-4:30pm EST. Econometric work at the Aspen Institute and elsewhere shows that a main barrier to a strong resurgence in the manu...

President's Manufacturing Institutes Are a Good Idea: Now Let's See About the Other 90 Percent

Dr. Sheldon Schuster | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Dr. Sheldon Schuster

From an educator's perspective, my experience is that on a small scale, a partnership which involves industry, educators and innovative thinking can lead to great things.

Good News For Midwest Manufacturing

AP | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House...

The Paradox of Africa's Growth

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Why is Africa's job growth so weak while its economic growth outlook is just fine, even robust? The reasons are structural in nature and three-fold.

Obama's Emerging Network of Little Silicon Valleys -- For Manufacturing

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Obama is right to push for these hubs, little spokes of scientific activity that are developing critical technologies -- because we'll surely need them, as well as more people who understand them.

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Voters overwhelmingly expect the TPP to be a good deal for large corporations at the expense of small businesses:

Manufacturing Jobs Remain an Imperative -- And We Still Need Millions More

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Right now, with the U.S. manufacturing sector employing less than 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, the sector is not even half the size it needs to be for our nation to again have a balanced, high-growth economy.

The Union Needs Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Congress should embrace the positive growth elements of the president's address because our nation needs more positive action, not more partisan bickering.

Manufacturing Continues On a Roll

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a growing movement in our country to buy American. Major retailers are making a big splash out of shifting to domestic suppliers. This movement was a long time in the making, but it is real.

How Manufacturing Got Its Groove Back

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

With the energy sector booming, the auto industry still enjoying healthy organic growth and commercial airplanes being built at breakneck speed these are good times for manufacturing.

Here Be Dragons

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

As we embark upon the New Year, we have the wind at our backs. The economy is growing, manufacturing is strong, housing is on the rebound, unemployment is falling and the stock market is in record territory.

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

Is There Really Free Career Technical Training?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Yes, there is, at least in California. While these types of classes are still being offered to adults over the age of 18, it is now possible to get technical job training and even certification in a variety of careers. Unbelievably, these classes are free in California.

Engineering Is 'Pure Michigan'

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 02.03.2014 | Detroit
Sarah A. Webster

When it comes to engineering, in particular, few places outrank Michigan, which is heavily bolstered by the automotive industry.

The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

Robert Reich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Some manufacturing is coming back to America, to be sure, but not the assembly line jobs that used to be the core of manufacturing employment. Computerized machine tools and robots are doing an increasing portion of the work -- which is why many companies can afford to bring their factories back here. Get it? Technology and globalization are driving the good deals American consumers are getting this holiday season. But the same forces are keeping wages down, and are even on the verge of eliminating many of the low-wage retail and related service jobs many Americans now need to make ends meet. To put it another way, American consumers getting great shopping deals are also American workers on the losing end of those same deals.