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Wednesday October 9, 2013
This op-ed first appeared in The Huffington Post on October 8. The skills gap in the U.S. workforce is by now well documented and the consequences well known. Millions of Americans need jobs, yet employers are striking out when it comes to finding qualified candidates for the millions of positions available. As the World Series approaches, it turns out that we have much to learn from the business of baseball. The early efforts of employers, higher education institutions and workforce development organizations to solve the skills crisis by joining forces are encouraging. But something...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information
Friday January 11, 2013
Accelerating through Postsecondary Education
In Patricia McQuire’s response to a recent article in The New York Times (“For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall,” 12/22/2012), she makes an important point that nontraditional students have a very different college going and college completion trajectory than their more traditional (or more economically advantaged) peers. McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, discusses the many challenges these students face—from parenting or caring for sick elders to the need to work full-time, often just to pay for part time study—and shares a powerful set of strategies...
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Workforce Trainers’ Need for Real-time LMI
Workforce training programs are making advances in their use of traditional labor market information, particularly at the initial program design phase. Our 20 GreenWays workforce partnerships selected their training occupations based on projections of labor market need in addition to conversations with local employers. We’re proud to work with partners that work hard to design programs that best serve their regional economies.  Our partners are seeking help incorporating real-time data into their initial program proposals as well as more aspects of their program design and implementation....
Tags: Career Pathways, Credentials, Labor Market Information, Green Skills
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
Friday December 9, 2011
Colleges Want More Real-time Labor Info
Since our recent announcement of the Credentials That Work project along with the release of our report, Aligning Community Colleges to Their Local Labor Market: The Emerging Role of Online Job Ads for Providing Real Time Intelligence about Occupations and Skills in Demand, we have received a large volume of inquiries from community colleges, universities and workforce development programs about the project. This response suggests to us that there is growing interest in the emergent innovation of real time labor market information. While we are currently unable to work with individual...
Tags: Labor Market Information