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The Effect of a Suit on a Man

Gerard Kersey | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Gerard Kersey

When I received that first suit I felt empowered, I felt important, and I felt like I could take on the world. We want the men we assist to feel the same way and we have seen it time and time again.

Sexing Up the Middle-Skill

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Felix W. Ortiz III

Employers within the middle-skill sector face a few hurdles in recruiting new talent, including: a lack of education about the various training and employment options, an outdated image of the industries these jobs fit within.

Needed: A Better Way to Teach Adults

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lee D. Lambert

Multiple pathways to academic achievement run through PCC and the nation's community colleges. We have a unique role to play in leading the U.S. back to the top, but it will take cooperation and creativity to succeed.

Why Most Workforce Development Efforts Don't Work

Ira Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Ira Wolfe

Even as I write this, despite prolonged high unemployment, many businesses just can't find enough people with skills they need.

Learning Revolution Comes to the Workplace

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julian L. Alssid

I think it's pretty obvious by now that Washington lawmakers are not going to lead us to robust economic recovery and employment any time soon. The evidence just keeps mounting.

Diversity and Higher Education: Our Communities Need More Than "Narrowly Tailored" Solutions

Nancy Cantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the risk of distracting us from devising appropriately "narrowly tailored" means for increasing diversity in higher education guided by the Fisher decision, I'd like to suggest we step back from our law books, databases, and spreadsheets and focus a moment on a thought experiment as follows.

Research Supports Work of Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to recognize that not everyone should attend a four-year institution. There are good jobs available for those with a community college degree or graduates of a certificate program.

Colleges: Economic Engines of the New Economy

Dr. Jim Kerley | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Dr. Jim Kerley

Community and state colleges have helped with an improved economy by building a world class workforce. We must continually invest in community and state colleges in this country to stay competitive globally.

Clocked in, But Checked Out: How to Quash Quitting in the Seats

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Alison A. Quirk

For me, quitting is what you do with cigarettes and bad habits; it's not something you do in your seat. Life's too short to be in a job you don't care about.

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.

Play: An Unexpected Force in Jumpstarting Our Economic Engine

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

Taking creativity seriously, appreciating how it can drive innovation is something to which we all need to give more thought. It's why play, not policy, just might be the long-term solution to igniting a stalled global economy.

Bulldozing Barriers to Leadership

Frances Hesselbein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Frances Hesselbein

It takes courage for a leader to identify and confront self-imposed barriers, to put in place the personal strategies required to unleash the energy, innovation, and commitment to self-development.

Teen Confidence in Summer Job Prospects Hot, But Could Cool Off

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Jack E. Kosakowski

Summer is around the corner, temperatures are heating up, and teens are getting ready for that quintessential rite of passage: the summer job. But times have changed.

Economic Development with a human voice

Liz Ryan | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Michael Hecht draws inspiration from the city leaders and planners who designed the all-new Chicago after the Great Fire in 1871. The Chicago fire was...

It All STEMs From a Big Idea

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Julie Kantor

I am still on cloud nine after attending the TEDx Rock Creek Park Conference last week titled 'The Hero's Journey.'

Fed-Funded Program Preps New Orleans Workers For Streetcar Expansion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 6, 2013 edition.) This spring, thirteen Crescent City residents completed a year of ...

Innovative Leaders of Today, Not Tomorrow

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 07.03.2013 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

As established leaders we need to encourage, support and yes, step aside and allow our young leaders to lead. Today, not tomorrow.

Literacy Means Business, English Language Literacy and Workforce Development

Anne Spear | Posted 06.13.2013 | DC
Anne Spear

We as a country educate every child; we made that commitment decades ago. To not help the parents of the children in our classrooms is short-sighted. Helping the parents speak English positively impacts the whole family, and society as a whole.

Workforce Burnout: A Corporate and Health Crisis

Beth Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Beth Carter

What motivators could be instituted that may not cost a dime but bring enrichment and enlightenment to those that are feeling burnt out, underappreciated, or just plain bored?

A Jobs Solution Worthy of Replication

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThere are many existing industries across Kenya that could benefit from having an increasing number of skilled workers.

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

Veterans in College: Part of the Next Great Generation

Chris Maples | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Chris Maples

This new influx of veterans into our colleges and universities has the potential to help build the U.S. economy in much the same way that college-educated WWII veterans did in the 1950s and 1960s.

Want to Be Hip? Get Involved in Solving the Youth Unemployment Problem

Bill Reese | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I can't remember the last time someone used the word "cool" to describe me or what I do. Obviously it doesn't happen very often. But just the other d...

Closing the Skills Gap, Creating Opportunity: We Have a Way, But Do We Have the Will?

Rachel Unruh | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Rachel Unruh

With skill gaps, come opportunity gaps: Too many workers don't have a chance to join the middle class. We can close the skills gap, light a spark in our economy, and create opportunities by investing in what works: sector partnerships.

Back to College at 50

Tom Snyder | Posted 04.09.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

Going back to school at 50 can be daunting. Unemployed older workers face formidable challenges.