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Thursday August 13, 2015
Students at Hamblen County Schools
Summer can be one of the most transformational times of the year for high school students. This became evident after I traveled to Morristown, Tennessee, to see a group of high school students present their summer internship experiences at the Alcoa Howmet manufacturing facility. Alcoa Howmet is one of the world’s largest manufacturers for the aerospace industry, specializing in making ceramic cores used in aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines.  Tennessee is a member of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration of 12 states, Jobs for the Future, and the Harvard Graduate...
Tags: Work-Based Learning, Manufacturing, Career Pathways
Wednesday August 12, 2015
To reach the ambitious education attainment goals established by President Obama and a host of philanthropic organizations, higher education will need to use all of the tools in the completion toolkit, invent some new ones, and repurpose some of the old and faithful ones to amplify and expand on what they have been able to accomplish historically. One high-leverage, but often-overlooked tool in the completion toolkit is networks. A review of the literature identified mechanisms of social networks that enable change—communication systems, knowledge transfer, alteration of mindset, increasing...
Tags: Developmental Education, State-Local Higher Education Policy
Wednesday August 5, 2015
While employment rates in the U.S. are improving, young people seeking to enter the workforce continue to be disproportionately unemployed. Jobs for the Future is honored to join forces with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and a powerful coalition of leading companies to work toward expanding economic mobility for young adults in order to create better futures for them that will benefit us all. Seventeen top U.S. employers—including CVS Health, JC Penney, JPMorgan Chase, Macy’s, Microsoft, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart—announced an initiative to create pathways...
Tags: Opportunity Youth, Dropout Recovery
Tuesday August 4, 2015
By guest
This post was authored by Jeanne Maloney, director of special projects in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at Westchester Community College (WCC), and Ann Rubenzahl, assistant dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at WCC. It originally appeared on westfaironline.com. The article was an initiative of the Professional Development Center, one of the departments of WCC's Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. As we move toward a greener economy and the use of clean energy, we have an opportunity for communities and regional...
Tags: Green Skills, Labor Market Information