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Workforce Development

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.

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

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 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.

5 Best Practices for Workforce Productivity

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 07.16.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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.

A New Gallup Survey Says Colleges and Employers Disagree About How Workforce-Ready Graduates Are -- Who's Right?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Julian L. Alssid

Today's employers are expecting practical skills, not just theory -- proof of an ability to learn, but also a proven ability to execute. And they aren't getting it.

Could It Be The Year Of Early Childhood Education?

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Training students in the skills that industry needs and expanding ...

Pursue Your Dreams, Prepare for Reality

Vince Bertram | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

We tell students "follow your dreams" -- this is often misguided advice. Throughout school, many children spend their evenings at sports practice, and even more nights dreaming of being a professional athlete. However, 99 percent don't make it.

Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Despite performing important jobs, frontline workers in health care -- ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff -- typically earn less than $40,000 each year and may not be getting the support they need to advance in their careers.

11 Signs We're Entering A "Demograpylypse"

Ira Wolfe | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

Considering many companies have barely budged to accommodate the two biggest demographic changes of the 20th century -- women in the workforce and increased longevity -- that presents a significant challenge for current management and business growth.

Management Hacks for the Recently Promoted

Magnolia Ripkin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
Magnolia Ripkin

What can you do to learn the ropes of your newly acquired and complex role? What kind of manager are you going to be? The answer has a lot to do with what kind of person you are, and the culture of your workplace.

Guess Who Has the Key to Washington's New 'College Report Cards' -- Before They Are Written?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

As Washington plans a new program to issue 'report cards' on colleges and universities, they should probably know there's a group that is already sending CliffsNotes to every school in the country: employers.

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

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.