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Vocational Training

Be a Job Creator, and Not a Job Seeker

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

Let's not trivialize that pathway to economic security, let's not frown upon it from an elitist view of the four year college gold standard. Let's fund skill set training, support the small business entrepreneurs on our Main Street and revive the memories of what built opportunity for so many.

Will The University Become Extinct?

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Michael Ernest Sweet

These days it seems trendy to question the necessity of a university education. Blogs, articles, even documentaries, are popping up all over the place...

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 Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

'You're Too Smart For That'

Sothy Eng | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Sothy Eng

While everyone was busy telling me that I'm too smart for this, I was busy getting ahead. Other people's opinion is none of your business, but it is your responsibility to demonstrate through excellence that your work is something to be valued.

Stimulating the EU Job Market With Greater Third Party Involvement in Vocational Education

Nick Fouche | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Nick Fouche

Successive advances in information technology within many industries have clearly meant that corresponding business sectors have less recourse these days to that cognitive contribution from 'individual originality' with which only a university preparation was once assumed to equip graduates.

What Color Is My Parachute? And Does It Match My Shoes?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 06.03.2016 | Divorce
Tammy Letherer

I made an appointment today to be evaluated by a vocational expert. What fun! At long last I'll find out if my current job as stay-at-home-mom has earned me any street cred, or if, in fact, serving sausage patties 20 years ago at Bob Evans was the apex of my career.

The Power of Disruption

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

The feeling of consistency may appeal to many because it feels safe. But in business at least, staying in the same place and doing the same thing is not safe. In fact it's quite the contrary, it's dangerous.

Love Between a Mother and Son is Stronger than Mental Illness

NationSwell | Posted 05.08.2016 | Impact

Orlando Montes knows mental illness in an intimate way. His mother was a diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was a child. Growing up was hard for M...

Your Future Is Calling

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Jane D. Wurwand

Big, successful companies are generally running on a proven template, which is flexible only in degrees. A small business, especially when you own it yourself, is another story. You're free to make your own mistakes. That's the risk. The huge plus is that the success belongs to you.

What Obama's Manufacturing Hubs Mean for the Future of American Education

Avi Yashchin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

They're called "innovation institutes," but if President Obama's manufacturing hubs materialize as proposed, the real need for innovation will be in the education system.

Where Federal Education Funds Should Really Be Going

Avi Yashchin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

Despite its affordability, its relevance to today's workforce needs, and its potential to curtail student debt and unemployment, vocational training continues to take a back seat to other educational avenues.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The more important questions that countries have to ask themselves are why they are comparing with one another and what they are doing with the findi...

Reflections of a Pratham Institute Intern

Pratham | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgMost astonishing was the adversity students fought in order to get their education and the transformations they went through as a result.

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunit...

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.

LabourNet -- Empowering Informal Workers Through Sustainable Social Enterprise

David Weiss | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
David Weiss

Social enterprises are mission-driven, but can make a profit to ensure they can continue in the long-term without donor funds. One example that has impressed me over the last few years is an Indian social enterprise called LabourNet.

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.

Useful Innovation: The Next Great Challenge for Liberal Arts Colleges

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

An entrepreneurial spirit is thriving among the next generation. Yet in order to turn their ambition into action, today's students will need a solid foundation that prepares them for the unique challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.

Skip College, Grab A Hammer

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.18.2013 | Small Business

Recent arguments in favor of skipping college have focused on billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, who both famously dropped out of their ...

Liberal Arts Education and the 'Know-Nothing' Bandwagon

Emily Booker | Posted 04.02.2013 | College
Emily Booker

I and many of my peers were horrified when newly-inaugurated governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory blasted liberal arts higher education on a conservative talk show this week, taking specific aim at UNC-Chapel Hill, the flagship school of the public university system in the state.

Employment for Youth and Women: All Hands on Deck Approach

Roshaneh Zafar | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Roshaneh Zafar

My own work in the field of women's economic development has made me a strong believer in the need for providing women with skills not traditionally considered theirs.

Matt Sledge

Amazon Tuition Reimbursement May Help Surprisingly Few Workers | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.22.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Seeking to blunt reports of poor working conditions in its warehouses, Amazon said on Monday that it would offer full-time employees up t...

Department of Education Recommits To Career And Technical Training

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sayre Quevedo The United States Department of Education recently issued recommended reforms for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The proposa...

Whimsical Cupcakes That Feed The Soul In Cambodia

Dr. Caroline Cicero | Posted 06.25.2012 | Travel
Dr. Caroline Cicero

Opened in 2010, Bloom Training Centre and Café is the brain-child of Ruth Larwill, a mother of two from Brisbane, Australia, who found she could use her passion for cake decorating to provide economic opportunity for vulnerable women in Cambodia.