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Hiring the 'Hidden Heroes' Behind our Veterans

Kyra Cavanaugh | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Kyra Cavanaugh

Last month, I spoke at the Supporting Military Caregivers at Work and at Home Conference featuring the Honorable Elizabeth Dole (in conjunction with the "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation).

Four Things You Never Knew About the Governmental Public Health Workforce and Why You Should Care

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Brian Castrucci

Today, governmental public health agencies face extraordinary challenges, from managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to adapting to the advent of big data and availability of electronic health records. We need data to ensure that we have the public health workforce that we need.

California: Not Yet Meeting the Increasing Need for College Graduates

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

We have often stated in this and other venues that the US as a whole, and each state in particular, needs to accelerate the growth of college-educated graduates in order to meet the demand of its industries and remain globally competitive.

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Managing Capacity: Walking the Talk About Overwork

Teresa Hopke | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Teresa Hopke

After tackling the recession, economic uncertainty and (now) labor shortages, most companies haven't returned to pre-recession hiring levels. We are running our people into the ground.

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

Eve Sullivan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Eve Sullivan

Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners -- when will we all -- recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?

A Bronx Tech Tale

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 09.18.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Exit the subway. Walk by a check cashing service and under a freeway overpass, past some guys chatting on a stoop at three in the afternoon on a Wednesday. Across the street there is a hot dog factory and downstairs a methadone clinic.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

Time for Higher Ed Partnerships to 'Prove it'

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 09.01.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Recently, my organization, College for America at Southern New Hampshire University, has been getting a fair amount of press about our recently announced partnership with Anthem, Inc.: Accredited college degree programs for 50,000 eligible workers, at no cost, if they want it.

Majority Reigns: Millennials Now Atop U.S. Workforce; Meeting Their Expectations Key to Business' Success

Bob Moritz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Bob Moritz

During the first quarter of 2015, millennials eclipsed baby boomers as the generation with the largest share of the American workforce, a Pew Research Center report revealed.

Prepare for a Job: Not an Interview

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.24.2015 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Preparing for a job interview can be hectic under any circumstance but especially for a young college graduate trying out for his or her first real job.

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

'Inclusion Is Bad for Business'

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Inclusion has never expanded my opportunities, or tapped into my creative excellence to solve organizational problems. But engagement has. This is because inclusion is about the company choosing which aspects of me to embrace. When I'm engaged, not only do I excel, the company wins.

Story Powered Job Search

Roger Wright | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Roger Wright

It's a new way of thinking about connecting people and jobs. There is no organization where this is done today. Should that change? Here's where it starts.

If We Don't Reform, Can We Still Be Called the Land of Opportunity?

Dr. Fariborz Ghadar | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Dr. Fariborz Ghadar

Welcoming more foreigners into the U.S. workforce is not traitorous. In fact, it is quite patriotic, and not simply for the obvious ideological reasons.

Sparks Fly: Competency-Based Education Catches

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 06.15.2015 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Our educational outcomes -- particularly for lower-wage workers -- remain abysmal. And, our quality of life is suffering -- the Social Progress Index 2015 ranks the U.S. 16th in the world on that measure. And, yet, I see a glimmer of hope.

The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?

Redefining Community College Excellence

Joshua Wyner | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Joshua Wyner

Nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges. As a nation, we must both support these institutions and challenge them to improve their record of student success if community colleges are to fulfill their potential as drivers of economic growth and social mobility.

Crucial Workforce Problems Require Congress to Fund a Proven Solution

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

We know what works. Congress knows what works. We can solve these crucial problems for our country. Funding will make the difference.

The Value-Driving Employee: The MVP in the New Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

Smart employers today aren't just hiring people with impressive job skills -- they're hiring people with the capacity to continuously learn new skills and adapt to the needs of an ever-evolving workplace.

More Than a Drafting Error: Why Scott Walker Is Wrong

Denise Fairchild | Posted 05.11.2015 | College
Denise Fairchild

Walker's attack on state universities may have been a naked attempt to curry favor with his party's right wing. And, when it backfired, he backpedaled -- saying that the altered mission statement was merely a "drafting error."

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

Oprah, Zuckerberg and My Workforce Skills Aha Moment

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

Some call it the Eureka Moment. Oprah calls it the Aha Moment. Whatever you call it, you'll know it when it happens. It is that moment when, after pondering a dilemma, the solution appears clear and in focus.

Shouldn't Education and Training Lead to a Career?

Judy Berman | Posted 04.11.2015 | DC
Judy Berman

The District of Columbia's economy is thriving, but not all residents benefit from the boom in development and the disparities are staggering. Over 60,000 District residents lack a high school diploma or equivalent degree, a significant barrier to economic security.