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Creating Solutions to the Skilled Worker Shortage

Lee Rasch | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Lee Rasch

But here's the thing, the demographic challenges are real. And the first step involves policy leaders recognizing that fact. Where are the skilled workers? They are on the horizon if we take the right steps.

Measuring the 'Gap' in the Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 01.13.2017 | Business
Dr. Bill R. Path

The skills gap is the popular term used to describe the perceived disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees. More specifically, it is the mismatch between the needs of employers for skilled talent and the unavailability of those specific skills within the workforce.

Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

A college degree is not the answer for all people. There is a need to boost vocational training for the U.S. population at large. Better worker training means better services and safety for all Americans. Labor unions like the Teamsters make it happen every day.

A College Degree Is Increasingly Likely To Land You In Low-Wage Work

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.16.2017 | Business

Trying to get a good job is no longer as easy as pointing to a college degree on your resume (not that it was ever exactly easy). New research from th...

Women in Tech: Brian Kraznich's Plan Is Good Economics

Stephen Adams | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Stephen Adams

High-profile promotions like those of Marissa Mayer to CEO at Yahoo, and Sheryl Sandberg to COO at Facebook, suggest that a critical mass of women have found a place in the computer technology industry.

The U.S. Technology Job Hunt Enters The 'Me-Too Phase'

Gil Laroya | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

As more and more technology folks end up in the unemployment pool, the U.S. job market is entering a new phase which is related to this particular group. A slew of me-too workers are lingering in the potential hire pool, leaving companies wondering what to do with them.

Let's Be Thankful for Skilled Workers

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Take a minute to think about all the people who make it possible for you and I to drive home, cook that turkey, and watch that football game. Let's give thanks for skilled workers and their dedication and hard work.

My Unusual Solution To Our Trillion Dollar Student Debt Problem

Mike Rowe | Posted 01.31.2014 | TED Weekends
Mike Rowe

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMy appearance at TED helped solidify an idea that had started to take shape a year earlier, and the response to that appearance helped convince me that my idea had merit.

On Labor Day, Let's Change The Way We View Low-Skilled Jobs

Maureen Conway | Posted 11.01.2013 | Impact
Maureen Conway

The question I'm struggling with this Labor Day is: why do we expect so many jobs to pay so poorly? For the people who care for our children and our elderly, prepare and serve us our food, ring up our purchases, guard the buildings in which we work, and a host of other occupations, our policy response is that these individuals should become more skilled so that they can move out of these jobs

A Skilled Workers Shortage Is a Great Problem to Have

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

For career and technical education, a skilled workers shortage presents a great opportunity to have renewed and earnest discussions with employers, legislators, post-secondary and K-12 educators.

Poultry Scientists Get Green Cards, MBAs Get the Boot

Dinkar Jain | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Do you think someone with an MS in Poultry Science from Kansas State University should be ahead in line to get a U.S. green card compared to a Stanford or Harvard MBA? That is what Congress is likely to propose next month.

Sequestration: The Challenges Ahead for Learners

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Welcome to week one of the "sequestration." Beginning on March 1st at 11:59PM, a set of automatic, across-the-board government spending cuts set to be implemented over the next nine years went into effect.

7 State Of The Union Goals Obama Hasn't Fulfilled Since 2012

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

It has been about a year since President Barack Obama delivered his last State Of The Union Address, so it's about time to check in on the state of hi...

Poland Attracts U.S. Tech Giants As Its Universities Turn Out Engineering Grads

| Tom Marshall | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. WARSAW, Poland — Foreign companies flock to invest. Its balance sheet is the envy of Eur...

Young, Able and Idle: Educating for a 21st Century Workforce

Denielle Sachs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Denielle Sachs

Seventy-five million young people are unemployed. Yet only 43 percent of employers surveyed say they can find enough skilled workers for entry-level openings. These two numbers frame the story of the dual jobs and skills crises facing youth worldwide.

WATCH: Why Employers Can't Find Workers While 75 Million Youth Are Jobless

Posted 12.10.2012 | Education

Around the world, governments and businesses face a conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. ...

Economic Reality Marries Age-Old Idea -- Apprenticeships -- With College

| Christopher Connell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. TACOMA, Wash. -- Five-foot-two Jesica Bush exudes confidence, whether she's scribbling not...

Skills Gap Between Workers And Open Jobs Small, But Growing

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. The "skills gap" is no big deal now -- but it could be ...

Schumer Proposes Tech Diplomas To Produce Skilled Workers

Posted 01.15.2013 | Education

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the New York Board of Regents to approve two initiatives that he says will improve graduation rates and reduce y...

Eliminating Middle Class Jobs in the Shadow of the Election

Daniel Villao | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Daniel Villao

Worker standards help economic growth. As the country builds back from the recession, middle class careers are key to economic prosperity and growth. It's something we seem to agree upon across party lines -- yet the very existence of these jobs is at risk.

Manufacturing: The New Reality: A Lack of Skill but No Lack of Excuses

Karin Lindner | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Karin Lindner

How many people in our workforce today do you think possess more talent, skill, creativity and intelligence than their current job requires or even allows? Does it make sense to you that we have to do more with less, yet the majority of people are still seen as bodies instead of brains?

Four Ways Higher Education Can Close the Skills Gap

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti | Posted 11.19.2012 | College
Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti

As thought leaders, the higher education community must stay ahead of the curve to prepare a workforce that will be globally competitive and equipped to meet the challenges of an unpredictable future.

Another Labor Day Passes With Little Progress on Creating Jobs

Bill George | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Bill George

We cannot let political differences to continue to hold us back. Now is the time to get on with the monumental task of ensuring America's economic competitiveness and rebuilding a jobs machine. We did it in the 1990s. What are we waiting for?

This Is What's Wrong With Our Immigration Policy

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Ruzan Sarwar

I am a foreign national. I have spent 10 of my 25 years in this country. I have gone to secondary school, college and one of the top graduate schools in the world -- all in the United States. I am NOT illegal. I am an international student. I am soon heading back to Bangladesh -- but not because that was my first choice.

U.S. Turns To Germany For Help With Jobs Crisis

Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

The solution to America's jobs crisis may need to be imported. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. policymakers are paying more attention to ...