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Getting ahead of the race to grow the solar workforce

  • Joanna
  • September 26, 2016

Double and then some. That’s how much the U.S. solar market is expected to grow this year over last, a staggering figure that should have workforce development leaders sitting up and taking notice. In its latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2015 Year in Review, published in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industries Association, lGTM

Four ways to help women take advantage of workforce development opportunities

  • Joanna
  • September 19, 2016

If you haven’t already read it, we highly recommend Marketing strategy expert Jenny Darroch’s article on the differences between “systematizing” and “empathizing” minds as a primer for thought and discussion about how to better communicate to women the value of workforce opportunity programs. That article detailed research by cognitive neuroscientist Simon Baron-Cohen (yes, he’s related

Nominations are being taken for inaugural Reaching At-Promise Student Awards

  • Joanna
  • September 6, 2016

The people engaged in the long and hard work of serving individuals who have fallen through the cracks of the nation’s educational system are not often recognized. The organizers of the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum are seeking to change that. This year’s conference — an annual gathering of educators and advocates working to better demonstrate

Three ways to fight the summer job gap among rich and poor teens

  • Joanna
  • August 31, 2016

The stats-savvy journalism team at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has taken on the subject of summer jobs for teens. If you’ve been following this issue, as we have, you already know that summer teen employment is a key predictor of adult employment, and that fewer than one in three American teens is now employed during the

For English learners, literacy and skills training need not be separate

  • Joanna
  • July 19, 2016

Ammar drove a taxi for nearly two years before signing on with Uber and Lyft in early 2016. Today, the 32-year-old driver says, he makes a “good enough” living — and given what’s happened in his native Syria over the past few years, he feels exceptionally fortunate. “I don’t know if this is American dream,”

The WIOA rules are finally here. So now what?

  • Joanna
  • July 5, 2016

It’s not altogether unusual for the federal government to have a law on the books long before the rules that govern how the law will be enforced have been created. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was different, though, in one key way: It required every state to come up with a comprehensive plan for

What excess capacity could mean for workforce development

  • Joanna
  • June 16, 2016

The base was enormous — far bigger than it had to be, given current national security needs. It was also sitting on top of some potentially prime commercial real estate — right in the middle of an urban area with one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. That realization led U.S. Air Force