Closing the Skills Gap: MSSC and Amatrol Launch ’Skill Boss,’ a Major Innovation in Workforce

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a Washington, D.C-based industry- non-profit, and technical training company Amatrol launched the MSSC CPT + Skill Boss training machine for Certified Production Technicians (CPT) at the 53rd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference hosted by SkillsUSA. "Manufacturing executives have argued for decades, and still argue, that they need more workers with deeper technical and creative problem-solving skills to be competitive in [...]

How Mindfulness Can Help You Be a Better Sustainability Leader

In today’s world, how you do a job is just as important as what you do. This is especially true for those in positions of influence within the sustainability impact sector. Herding cats through a complex change process while maintaining the bottom line? You’re going to need super-human levels of focus, calm and empathy. Our ability to align our intellectual intelligence with our emotional intelligence [...]

2016 Mastering the Blueprint Report: State Progress on Workforce Data Quality

    For the third year in a row, the Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) surveyed states about their progress on our 13-point Blueprint for strong data systems. The full report includes results from all 50 states and DC, analysis of overall state progress, and examples of how states are implementing Blueprint elements. Also available, one-pager summaries for each state on its survey responses. Download the [...]

How much money people borrow to attend the top 20 US colleges — and how much they earn later on

A college education is a huge investment of both time and money — so it's helpful to know which schools and programs are worth it. With that in mind, Nitro, an online resource that helps incoming college students plan their education financing, examined median student-loan debt and median earnings 10 years after graduation at the top 20 colleges and universities in the US, as ranked by US News and World [...]

DOL Webinar: TAACCCT Student Recruitment Strategies for Success

Virtual Monday, July 10, 2017 2:00 PM ~ 3:00 PM ET data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="right" title="Server TimeZone: Mon, Jul 10, 2017 02:00 PM ~ Mon, Jul 10, 2017 03:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)" Are you an institution challenged with recruiting targeted populations for your program? Are you thinking of starting a marketing campaign but don’t know where to start? This Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career [...]

Companies Report Highest Talent Shortage Since 2007

Employers Look to Develop Their Own Workforces to Fill In-Demand Roles Forty percent of employers globally report difficulties filling jobs due to lack of available talent. The Number of Employers Training and Developing Existing Employees to Fill Open Positions has Doubled from 1 in 5 to Over Half. More employers than ever are filling talent gaps by training and developing their own people [...]

Inside The Coffee Shop Providing Jobs To 40 People With Disabilities

“When you walk in you know that you’re loved for who you are and how you are.” A coffee shop in North Carolina is helping its employees with disabilities ― all 40 of them ― show the world what they can do. Bitty and Beau’s Coffee opened in January 2016. Its 40 employees have a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, autism [...]

Federal Work-Study: Past its prime, or ripe for renewal?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is on the chopping block: the Trump administration’s recently-released budget summary seeks to cut program funding by nearly 50 percent, from $990 million to $500 million, and to “reform the program to ensure funds go to undergraduate students who would benefit most.”1 Many observers have expressed surprise that the administration would take aim at the program—which seems well-aligned with conservative ideals around [...]

‘Modern-Day Slavery’: Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor’s Mansions and Capitol Buildings

Another old tradition that belongs in the dustbin of history. When activist Sam Sinyangwe was awaiting a meeting with the governor’s office at the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, he noticed something odd. A black man in a dark-blue jumpsuit was printing papers while a correctional guard—with a badge and gun—stood watching over him. The pair stood out against the white, middle-aged legislators populating [...]

The surprising diversity of America’s jobless adults

Reading media accounts these days about out-of-work Americans, one is likely to emerge with the impression that the majority are older, white males who were laid off from jobs at shuttered factories in small towns, and voted for President Trump. On the other hand, if you read stories about unemployment in America a couple of years ago, you might have concluded that younger African Americans [...]