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Skills Gap

The US Manufacturing Industry Is Growing; Here's How to Keep It Strong

Keosha Varela | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Keosha Varela

While China and other countries face challenges to their once-burgeoning manufacturing sector, all signs in the US are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Rep. Suzan DelBene

We have seen that smart investments in workforce-development initiatives, backed by strong accountability measures, can deliver the kind of broad-based prosperity that Americans remember from the 1990s. It's time for Congress to get back to making those investments a priority.

How to Combat the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

American's manufacturers are increasingly challenged to find the skilled workers they need to fill good jobs. As more and more "Baby Boomers" retire, we need to address this issue if we want to keep the manufacturing engine going and growing to keep our economy strong.

Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

Vince Bertram | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Vince Bertram

It is critical that we take America's skills crisis into our own hands. We have the opportunity to change course by engaging students in STEM learning and training the next generation workforce that America will rely on. Early adopters of this strategy are reaping the benefits.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Our nation was built on several principles, including the desire for democracy, the ideal of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. That emphasis on skilled labor has become a cornerstone of the U.S. workforce.

Addressing the Workforce Education Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

You may have heard the term "skills gap" used to describe the disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees, but you may not be as familiar with the term "education gap" as it relates to the workforce.

Taking a Cue from Forrest Gump to Help Veterans

Gary Sinise | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Gary Sinise

While most veterans transition back to civilian life successfully, many still struggle. Securing steady employment in a rewarding, lucrative and long-term career is an enormous part of that transition.

Understanding the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Avi Yashchin | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Avi Yashchin

The authorization for the statute expired in 2003; since then attempts to reauthorize the legislation were undertaken in both the House and Senate which culminated in the act that was passed last month.

Advising Students About College in This New Economy

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 09.16.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?

A Rare Bipartisan Bill Passes Congress

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Mark Edwards

After years of delays and divisiveness, the passage on Wednesday of a reauthorized Workforce Investment Act by an incredible majority of 415-6 in the House of Representatives, and by an overwhelming margin last month in the Senate, 95-3, represents a rare example of genuine bipartisanship, one that must be savored and built upon.

Why Digital Skills Are Crucial For European Job-Seekers

Alexander Riedl | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Alexander Riedl

Nearly 6 million people under age 25 are currently out of work in Europe. At the same time, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled positions in information and communication technology (ICT) by 2020 if we don't take action.

Ban the Box: What's Next? Ban the Job Application?

Ira Wolfe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

While Ban the Box at first seemed to me like just more social activist and civil liberties intrusion into my life as a business owner, the discussion opened my eyes to an even bigger hurdle standing in the way of improving employee screening and selection.

Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Closing the skills gap can be done by increasing the demand for workers, upgrading worker skills, and increasing the supply of workers who are available. We simply must get our public schools actively engaged in this quest.

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

How The Internet Of Everything Is Changing The Game For Tomorrow's Tech Workers

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

It has been predicted that everything in the future will be connected and "communicate" with one another. There is even a phrase for it: the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Manufacturing Jobs for Women

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Even when you tell them about the many high-paying jobs that are available in the manufacturing industry, it is just not a career that they are considering. And of those few high school students who might show an interest, fewer yet would be young women.

The Growing Disconnect Between the Labor Market and Higher Education in Mexico

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The skills gap means that even if overall labor demand goes up, the dearth of skilled workers means new positions cannot be rapidly filled.

The "CSI Effect:" Cacking the Case of the STEM Skills Gap

Gavin Russell | Posted 07.13.2014 | Technology
Gavin Russell

The need to foster an open and diverse scientific community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints is vital in attracting and retaining the best talent.

4 Ways to Close the Skills Gap and Fill 4 Million Jobs

Jim Gibbons | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

People in the United States continue to struggle with chronic unemployment. One of the most frequently cited figures this year shows that even while 1...

The Higher Education Paradigm Shift

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Where are all the educators who once warned their students so correctly about the dangers of paradigm shifts? Why are they not demanding reform and accountability within higher education today?

A Plan For Education

OECD | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
OECD

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5 Reasons Why Girls (and Boys) Should Consider a Career in IT

Monique Morrow | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
Monique Morrow

Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, and been the only female in the room on many occasions, I can say with some certainty that we haven't yet resolved the challenge of attracting an equal balance of men and women into the industry.

Collaborating to Produce an American Workforce with In-Demand Skills

Sec. Penny Pritzker | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Sec. Penny Pritzker

With technology accelerating the pace of change in our economy, our long-term competitiveness is tied to our ability to produce a workforce with in-demand skills.

Allies in Addressing the Nation's Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Dr. Bill R. Path

It is going to take more than finger pointing and misdirection to solve the workforce problems before us. We still have too many employers with technical jobs they cannot fill and too many unskilled job seekers without suitable employment.