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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Tuesday May 1, 2012
Lisa Cortes had scraped thousands of breakfast, lunch, and dinner trays in an Ohio hospital kitchen when a supervisor recommended her for a new training program that could lead to full-time medical work with benefits. Cortes, a 42-year-old high school dropout, was so eager to trade her part-time shifts for a chance at financial stability that she let nothing get in her way—not even her fear of taking algebra or anatomy. “It was hard to get back on the bike and pedal it,” Cortes recalled recently about returning to the classroom decades after quitting school, pregnant, at 17. “But I was on a...
Tags: Adult Basic Education, Career Pathways, Competency Education, Health Care, Work-Based Learning
Thursday January 12, 2012
Some Good News on the Jobs Front
The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) brought some good news to start the New Year: There were 200,000 new payroll jobs and unemployment continued to trend downward at 8.5% in December 2011. BLS reported that, from June 2010 to June 2011, employment increased in 215 of the 322 largest U.S. counties. Interestingly, one of the regions of the country hardest hit by the recession, Ottawa, MI, posted the largest rate of employment increase, with a gain of 4.7% over the year, compared with national job growth of 0.9%. Within Ottawa, the largest employment increase...
Tags: Health Care, Labor Market Information, Manufacturing
Wednesday October 26, 2011
In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Peter Cappelli makes some compelling points in his article entitled “Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need.” His take on the long running debate on whether there is in fact a skill shortage in the United States today is that employers are expecting too much. In essence, he describes employers’ desire for “plug and play” employees that are ready to perform jobs with little or no training. As a manager who does a fair amount of hiring, part of me read the article and thought “guilty as charged.” In today’s economy, I have been able to find highly...
Tags: Career Pathways, Competency Education, Health Care, State-Local Workforce Policy, Workforce Partnership