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Why the words ‘jobs that actually exist’ are so important

  • Joanna
  • June 21, 2017

“Jobs that actually exist.” There’s something profoundly important about those four words, which serve as the operative phrase in the mission statement of a foundation that actor and activist Mike Rowe established to help young Americans fill the “skills gap.” Vitally, Rowe has never said that a four-year degree is a bad path. He’s simply

Why disabled workers can benefit from hitching their gig to the new economy 

  • Joanna
  • June 8, 2017

  Why disabled workers can benefit from hitching their gig to the new economy  (noun) 1. a light two-wheeled carriage pulled by one horse 2. a job, especially one that is temporary   A lot of folks lament the growth of the so-called “gig economy.” And sure — from taxes to insurance to retirement savings

Want to get accepted to the perfect nursing school? Here’s how.

  • Joanna

Want to get accepted to the perfect nursing school? Here’s how. The future for nurses is bright. Really bright. The number of nurses in the United States is projected to grow by 16 percent through 2024 — much faster than the average of all occupations. And the pay is much better, too — median compensation

How to beat the workforce opportunity equation: Apprenticeships in the skilled trades

  • Joanna
  • May 1, 2017

How to beat the workforce opportunity equation: Apprenticeships in the skilled trades At its most fundamental level, workforce opportunity is an equation based on available hours and people to work those hours. When the ratio of hours to workers is low, workforce opportunity is low. And when the ratio is high, workforce opportunity is high.

How one teacher helped change an entire community

  • Joanna
  • March 20, 2017

Superintendent Harry Martin will readily admit that he was a career-tech-ed skeptic when he first arrived in the 2,000-student Kayenta Unified School District in the exceptionally picturesque and very rural northeastern corner of Arizona. A former English teacher, Martin wanted his predominantly Native American students to build upon more traditional areas of academics. Then he

No laughing matter: A former comedian exposes the four-year college “joke”

  • Joanna
  • March 13, 2017

Sen. Al Franken often jokes that his four-year degree gave him all the training he needed. To be a comedian. Now the Saturday Night Live alumnus is trying to convince young Americans that they might not need a four-year degree to reach their dreams — and, in fact, such a path could actually be counter-productive.

It’s time to start filling worker shortages from many different directions

  • Joanna
  • February 22, 2017

U.S. jobless claims may be at historically low levels,  but even though many Americans are now able to find work, not everyone is finding work in the fields in which they have been trained. Among those who are most struggling to find jobs in their fields: graduates in sociology, with an under-employment rate of 56.5