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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.

Seeking: The Perfect Nonprofit Job

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

For nonprofits and social enterprises to be successful, we need passionate people with phenomenal skills in place. Once you have made the decision that you're ready to dedicate your career to a specific social cause, it can be hard to know where to start.

Why the U.S. Needs More Apprenticeship (and Less Cowbell)

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Emad Rizkalla

Apprenticeships are still sometimes seen as a novelty instrument and are also vastly underutilized. The reality is that apprenticeship models deserve far more respect. While they might be a little out of synch and disruptive, that is exactly what the system need.

You Did Your Part, Now Congress Must Do Theirs

Russell Krumnow | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Russell Krumnow

Those elected Tuesday have a fresh start to achieve significant progress on the most pressing issues facing the United States today: strengthening the economy, expanding upward mobility and restoring the American Dream to the rising generation. But they will have to work together to accomplish these urgent goals.

Stepping Back Into the Workforce

Magnolia Ripkin | Posted 01.02.2015 | Business
Magnolia Ripkin

The specific subgroup of applicants that I am thinking about today is one needing some advice methinks. Let's call them the "Time Travellers" group of workforce re-entries. They last worked some time ago, and are trying to hop back on to the working world.

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Occupation: Girl Boss

ZOOM interiors | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
ZOOM interiors

Take that desk of yours and decorate the sh*t out of it until it magically transforms into that corner office. To create the ultimate workspace, start by making it homey and personal with a jolt of energy. Think ambient lighting, warm pops of color and personal touches like artwork.

How the Recession Is Still Hurting Millennials

Hilary Gowins | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Hilary Gowins

Employment -- and the income that comes with it -- marks the ability to move from dependence to independence, and when there are fewer opportunities to make this leap, development is stunted.

Think Beyond the Mailroom for Disability Hiring

Barbara Otto | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Barbara Otto

People with disabilities in America are job-ready, college-educated and experienced professionals for whom working in a call center or in an assembly line wouldn't align with their valuable and hard-earned education and experience.

White House Civic Summit on Higher Education

Harry Boyte | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

The meeting on October 16 brought together about 50 White House aides, agency officials and staff, higher education leaders and community activists and civic leaders.

Increased Minimum Wage Leads to Stability

K. Sujata | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We must start somewhere. Raising our minimum wage to $13.00 an hour in the City of Chicago is that starting place. But $13.00 an hour by 2018 is truly a floor-base-minimum to ensure that our city has a viable workforce for a vibrant economy in the 21st century.

Higher Education -- What's the Point?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

What is the point of education? It can no longer be an either/or question--learning versus experience. The reality is we need both to ensure we have the workforce we need for the next century and the citizens ready to make the most of it.

A Vibrant City and Its Ex-Incarcerated Population

Project Return | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Project Return

Nashville, like many American metropolises, turned its back on its river for years. Never mind that it was an inextricable part of the physical Nashville make-up, and that it would never leave us. But a fundamental shift occurred. A 180-degree turn, to be specific.

Reflecting on WIOA: How Do We Know Sector-Focused Strategies And Career Pathways Help Workers Connect To Jobs?

Christopher T. King | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher T. King

The newly passed Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act contains provisions that will encourage states and local workforce systems to adopt and expand the use of programs focused on specific employment sectors and career pathways. Such efforts -- often referred to as sector strategies -- are reshaping the workforce field.

Partnerships That Put America Back to Work

Fred Dedrick | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Fred Dedrick

At a time when the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. is at its highest and public approval of Congress is at its lowest, it is heartening to see some renewed focus on significant workforce development issues.

How to keep your federal workers from looking elsewhere

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The federal workforce is shrinking, as more and more employees leave government and the rate of hiring declines. Unfortunately, this also comes at a t...

Managing the New Ambitious: Leading Teams in Today's Entrepreneurial Minded World

Kira Makagon | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Kira Makagon

Witnessing peers and co-workers leverage technology to become successful employees and entrepreneurs, today's employees are widely creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, looking for employment opportunities where they can stretch their innovative wings within their department, work and job.

6 Must-Have Pieces of Advice for College Graduates

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 11.13.2014 | College
Daffnee Cohen

As a fairly recent college graduate, there are a few lessons I have learned along the way that have truly helped me thrive in my professional career and garner the experience needed to keep moving forward and achieving my goals. If you're college bound, halfway through, or about to graduate, these tips are definitely for you.

Why Management Is Out of Control: Employee 2.0

David Hassell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
David Hassell

We are now on the cusp of a new revolution -- something we're dubbing: Employee Rights 2.0. "Labor" is breaking free of traditional management structures to experience unprecedented autonomy.