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Should Major Decisions Be So... Major? Career-worthy Majors for All

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Brad C. Phillips

New information released on the economic value of different college degrees just upped the ante on an already major life decision. America's college students - whether they are high school graduates or an increasing number of middle-aged adults pursuing bachelors degrees - face dramatically varying risks and returns depending on their chosen major.

4 Ways to Increase Retention Rates Amongst Millennial Employees

Amanda Slavin | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Amanda Slavin

It's official, Millennials are the largest generation in the US workforce. Not only are they the largest generation, but they are also extremely unique as employees.

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

Mobile Is a Lifestyle, Not a Technology

Daniel Newman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Technology
Daniel Newman

With an increasing number of companies investing in deployment and management of enterprise mobility than ever before, it's no surprise it's one of the hottest trends in today's business landscape.

Three Tests of Leadership in the New Disengagement Economy

Robert Hall | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing concern regarding disengaged employees reflects a simple truth: leadership requirements have changed, most leaders have not.

It's About TIME: Ending Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

This year, the United States is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the Act signifies improved conditions for persons with disabilities in the United States, we still have so much to do to achieve equality and justice.

It's Time to Take Millennials Seriously

Geoff Livingston | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Geoff Livingston

As more Baby Boomers retire, and Generation X takes an increased role in the executive suite it will become apparent that competitiveness will demand evolution. The time is now to stop chiding millennials, and start embracing them and the digital ethos they bring.

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.

Employment for Latinos Comes Back to Life

Vanessa Cardenas | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Cardenas

While Latinos have made significant strides in some industries that pay above average wages such as construction, Latinos still hold the highest concentration of workers in the lowest-paying industry -- services occupations.

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.

At Long Last, Latino Employment Bounces Back

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Latinos and other communities are finally benefitting from the protracted economic recovery. We need to secure this still-fragile recovery among communities of color by maximizing what they can earn, create, and contribute to further benefit our economy and the well-being of all Americans.

No, Blue Collar and Middle-Skill Careers Aren't Second Rate

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

In 2015 and beyond, blue collar jobs are abundant and lucrative. Its time to end the myth that blue-collar America is second-best America.

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.

President Obama's Plan to Address Our Nation's Urgent Mental Health Needs

Pamela Hyde | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Hyde

The president has taken important steps to increase the capacity of the mental health system in the U.S. With the support of Congress, SAMHSA can build on its leadership and success to help all Americans -- including those with SMI -- lead healthy, full, and productive lives in their communities.

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.

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

How Do We Restore the Promise of Work in America?

Maureen Conway | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Maureen Conway

Too often we begin with old assumptions about what government can accomplish or what business can do; we need to cast fixed ideas aside and remain open to learning from these examples, and many more, in order to find our way to restoring the promise of work.

Three Ways to Fix Our Broken Training System

Alexis Ringwald | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Alexis Ringwald

The current model for educating and preparing our workforce is broken. Today's rapidly changing economies require something different.

Immigration Reform Needed to Boost Small Business Workforce

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.24.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Rather than working against steps to improve our broken immigration system, we need Congress to move forward on comprehensive reform. This would create a more stable workforce -- something small businesses desperately need right now -- and pad our country's coffers.

New Year, New Chance to Tackle the Old Problem of Workplace Inequality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

January always presents a fresh start to tackle old problems. And unfortunately, we still have our work cut out for us going into 2015 when it comes to tackling the problem of gender inequality in the workplace, according to a just-released report from Pew Research.

Billie Jean King - Rallying for a New Equality

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

Currently, there is no U.S. federal law that adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. But King has no plans to retire, at least not off the court.

We Need Schools to Be Different

Scott McLeod | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Scott McLeod

There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.

The 1 Question You Must Ask About Your New Job

Gina Ciliberto | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Gina Ciliberto

Are you given the proper support to fulfill these responsibilities? And, most importantly, can you handle more autonomy than you bargained for if you find yourself in an environment where the rules are, largely, up to you?

Moving Community College Graduates Toward a Four-Year Degree

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.14.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There is growing consensus that more attention must be paid to increasing the number of two-year graduates who go on to complete a four-year degree. While over 80 percent of first year community college students state completion of a four-year degree as their intention, less than 12 percent of them accomplish their goal.

The Skills Gap Is Hurting Small Businesses; Here's What They Want to Do About It

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Addressing the skills gap is vital to our economy, and small businesses are a big part of the solution. Small employers already support the steps needed to make a difference, such as apprenticeships, on-the-job training programs and more.