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Why Does Equal Pay Really Matter?

Dana Theus | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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.

Diversity and Higher Education: Our Communities Need More Than "Narrowly Tailored" Solutions

Nancy Cantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the risk of distracting us from devising appropriately "narrowly tailored" means for increasing diversity in higher education guided by the Fisher decision, I'd like to suggest we step back from our law books, databases, and spreadsheets and focus a moment on a thought experiment as follows.

Research Supports Work of Community Colleges

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to recognize that not everyone should attend a four-year institution. There are good jobs available for those with a community college degree or graduates of a certificate program.

Colleges: Economic Engines of the New Economy

Dr. Jim Kerley | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Dr. Jim Kerley

Community and state colleges have helped with an improved economy by building a world class workforce. We must continually invest in community and state colleges in this country to stay competitive globally.

Clocked in, But Checked Out: How to Quash Quitting in the Seats

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Alison A. Quirk

For me, quitting is what you do with cigarettes and bad habits; it's not something you do in your seat. Life's too short to be in a job you don't care about.

LabourNet -- Empowering Informal Workers Through Sustainable Social Enterprise

David Weiss | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
David Weiss

Social enterprises are mission-driven, but can make a profit to ensure they can continue in the long-term without donor funds. One example that has impressed me over the last few years is an Indian social enterprise called LabourNet.

Play: An Unexpected Force in Jumpstarting Our Economic Engine

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

Taking creativity seriously, appreciating how it can drive innovation is something to which we all need to give more thought. It's why play, not policy, just might be the long-term solution to igniting a stalled global economy.

Bulldozing Barriers to Leadership

Frances Hesselbein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Frances Hesselbein

It takes courage for a leader to identify and confront self-imposed barriers, to put in place the personal strategies required to unleash the energy, innovation, and commitment to self-development.

Teen Confidence in Summer Job Prospects Hot, But Could Cool Off

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Jack E. Kosakowski

Summer is around the corner, temperatures are heating up, and teens are getting ready for that quintessential rite of passage: the summer job. But times have changed.

Economic Development with a human voice

Liz Ryan | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Michael Hecht draws inspiration from the city leaders and planners who designed the all-new Chicago after the Great Fire in 1871. The Chicago fire was...

It All STEMs From a Big Idea

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.10.2013 | Business
Julie Kantor

I am still on cloud nine after attending the TEDx Rock Creek Park Conference last week titled 'The Hero's Journey.'

Fed-Funded Program Preps New Orleans Workers For Streetcar Expansion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 6, 2013 edition.) This spring, thirteen Crescent City residents completed a year of ...