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

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

Workplace Moneyball -- Your Best Players Aren't Who You Think They Should Be

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

What I am saying is it is time to bring the same level of focused attention to these adults as we do to our traditional coming-of-age students.

The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

Jayson Boyers | Posted 10.23.2014 | College
Jayson Boyers

The transformation in higher education is already here; the question is how learning institutions respond.

Getting Down to Business on Workforce Preparation

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

While the Great Recession is officially over, many Americans are still struggling to regain their economic footing. One way to get our country on a sound path to recovery is a focus on better preparing our students for success in the workforce.

The Corporate Case for Mentoring the Grads of Life

David B. Shapiro | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
David B. Shapiro

Private-sector engagement in mentoring youth and young employees is a smart investment in boosting labor force participation rates and increasing our nation's ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.

A Vibrant City and Its Ex-Incarcerated Population

Project Return | Posted 10.03.2014 | 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.

Chief Culture Officer Business Case

Val Jon Farris | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business
Val Jon Farris

While our technology is advancing rapidly into the stratosphere of "automated clouds," none of us likes the vaporous experience of being jerked around by a litany of automated phone options that never lead to what we really need. And what is that?

Help People With Disabilities Tap Their Abilities

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
René Bryce-Laporte

While some people's disabilities are so significant that they will never be able to work, many people with disabilities can, with some reasonable accommodations, earn more, keep more of what they earn and even build assets for the future. How to make that happen?

Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Education is not an exclusive commodity to be brokered only to the privileged -- and should not be treated as such. As a public institution we are here to serve everyone. Rich. Poor. Old. Young. That's why intentional partnerships matter.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 11.12.2014 | 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.

Why Continuing Education Means a Partnership for Economic Growth

Jayson Boyers | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Jayson Boyers

Businesses should consider the ROI of academic programs related to their growth areas and what it could mean to the success of their model. Schools will have to move boldly toward hybrid classes -- whatever may drive the best outcomes towards preparing students for the modern economy.

Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

Vince Bertram | Posted 11.02.2014 | 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.

Jobless On Labor Day

Carla Javits | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business
Carla Javits

Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.

America's Labor of Love

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.26.2014 | 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.

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

The curricula for competency-based programs as a whole are purpose-built to prepare students for industry and careers as they evolve

Addressing the Workforce Education Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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.

5 Best Practices for Workforce Productivity

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 09.14.2014 | Small Business
Emad Rizkalla

Every employer hopes to maximize the labor of his or her workforce but, like all aspects of business, it's harder than it seems at first blush. Here are five keys I've discovered for increasing productivity no matter what the size or shape of an organization.

The American Way: STEM Education

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Americans love a challenge of any kind, and we believe we have a puncher's chance at winning. That's the American way. That was the mindset of a group of undocumented Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies

Maureen Conway | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Maureen Conway

We are in a moment now, however, when many Americans are struggling with their connection to work; too many are unemployed or underemployed, and many more struggle to acquire skills, credentials and degrees that they hope will help them find work or find better work.

If the Culture Fits... What Zappos and Other Employers Look For in New Hires

Blair Forlaw | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Blair Forlaw

Building a workforce where everyone "fits" doesn't imply homogeneity, which breeds group think -- a fatal flaw in a competitive global economy.

No Way to Treat a Crisis

Lou Miceli | Posted 07.12.2014 | New York
Lou Miceli

How in the world does a young adult get a decent paying job in New York City? Even college graduates with good grades, experience and connections often have to take unpaid internships to get a foot in the door.

Sec. Foxx's New Transportation Proposal Is Great

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Looks like the Obama administration hasn't given up yet on tackling the big issues that plague our country.

Three Ways to Fill High-Skilled Jobs

Laura Shaw | Posted 06.27.2014 | Business
Laura Shaw

The high-wage jobs found in industries like aerospace, defense and bioscience require high-skilled employees, and there are simply not enough qualified people who can apply for and fill the positions.

Investing in Skills to Build a Secure Middle Class

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

The good news is that we have an invaluable resource that can help deliver the world-class job training that prepares workers for the jobs that need to be filled: our community college system.

Why Does Equal Pay Really Matter?

Dana Theus | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Dana Theus

There is no question that women and minorities are not at salary parity with white males in our business culture. But the prevailing myth that this is an evil plot to oppress us doesn't fly with me, because things get much more complex.