Developing a Career-Ready Workforce, Part 1: Understanding Power Skills and their Role in the Workplace

Posted by Rachel Levy Wexler on 7/28/16 11:00 AM

Common misconception: Once an individual learns the technical skills required of a particular trade, this person is also ready to succeed in their career. Unfortunately, many employees who enter the workforce lack the essential skills needed to thrive in a professional setting. According to a new report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 68% of HR professionals report having a difficult time recruiting in today’s talent market.Within such a competitive market, what can organizations do to prepare the next generation of workers to be career-ready? 

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Topics: Employers

Career Centers: 4 Ways to Better Understand Your Community's Needs

Posted by Erik Hensley on 7/27/16 3:00 PM

The responsibilities of a workforce investment board are vast, and chief among them is to oversee local career centers where job seekers can find employment information and connect to career development and training opportunities in the area. To do this well, WIBs need a clear understanding of the needs of the community they serve. Launch a proactive effort to unearth the needs of the people in your community with these four tips:

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

How to Help High School Students Develop Good Post-Graduation Work/School Balance

Posted by Dara Warn on 7/26/16 3:00 PM

Working while going to college is becoming the new normal, it seems. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 76 percent of college students between the ages of 16 and 24 worked at least part-time in 2013.1 If students aren’t careful, working while attending college could distract them from their studies, hurt their grades and even jeopardize their chances of graduating. This is especially relevant to economically disadvantaged students, who are more likely to work more hours. High school counselors can help now by teaching their students these keys to successful work/school balance.

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How High School Diploma Programs Support Offender Reentry

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/21/16 6:00 PM

Inmate reentry programs are, by design, intended to provide a smooth transition for convicts heading back into civilian life. These programs often include a range of components such as drug or alcohol treatment, anger management, spiritual counseling, parenting classes, and classes on budgeting/financial health. Increasingly, many correctional facilities are discovering that a high school diploma is another vital component that supports inmate reentry.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

Penn Foster Introduces Common Core Aligned High School Courses

Posted by Lexi Britt on 7/19/16 2:00 PM

Penn Foster is proud to introduce a suite of Common Core aligned curriculum into our single high school course offerings. With these courses, youth organizations, employers, and secondary school partners will be able to further prepare students for post-secondary success by promoting deeper learning, critical thinking, and problem solving. The introduction of these common core courses is aimed at improving student outcomes both during their time with Penn Foster and in their endeavors afterwards.

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Topics: High School Completion, Public & Private High Schools

5 Tips to Attract Homeschooled Students to Your Career School

Posted by Jim Bittl on 7/13/16 2:00 PM

Students who were homeschooled for high school are exceptionally college-ready, according to U.S. News & World Report.1 In a study conducted by Dr. Michael Cogan of the University of St. Thomas2, 66.7 percent of homeschooled students went on to graduate from four-year colleges, compared to 57.5 percent of their peers who attended traditional high school. Although homeschooled students are ready for college, career college recruiters face a challenge attracting them, since promotional strategies geared toward traditional high school students may not reach homeschooled audiences. Career colleges seeking to attract homeschooled students must take measures specifically designed to reach this target market. Here are five ways career college recruiters can reach out to homeschooled students.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

Why We Need to Democratize Corporate Training Now

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 7/12/16 11:30 AM

Corporate training has historically been offered as a perk for white-collar employees. But with free, educational content being made readily available and a culture of constant learning influencing our everyday lives - a subtle but significant shift is happening across the workforce. Companies interested in offering upskilling opportunities to their employees are beginning to recognize that “gray collar” and blue collar jobs also require training dollars. By distributing funds out to reach all employees, and by focusing on building greater, more robust, personalized, and flexible training programs, companies should benefit greatly by empowering their entire workforce.

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Topics: Employers

3 Key Themes from the First Annual Jobs for the Future Summit

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 7/8/16 12:36 AM

Last week, Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit working to ensure educational and economic opportunity, hosted its first annual summit. Entitled Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility, the summit brought together over 650 educators, employers, funders, policymakers, and researchers in conversation and collaboration on how to push forward the initiatives needed to improve economic mobility. The engagement at the panels and workshops of the summit was exceptional and sought to give all members of the educational ecosystem a common language with which to work.  

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Topics: Industry News, Opportunity Youth, Employers

4 Tips for Career Schools to Adapt to Changing Student Needs

Posted by Douglas Carlson on 7/7/16 11:00 AM

Institutions of higher education could soon face an existential crisis as more young people decide that college debt is too oppressive. A substantial number of them may even choose to skip the traditional college experience altogether. It might seem more appealing to get a job or start a business right after high school.

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Topics: Colleges & Career Schools

4 Ways New Hires Struggle (And What You Can Do About It)

Posted by Allessandria Polizzi on 7/6/16 2:00 PM

As many organizations face the growing challenge of a tightening talent market and generational shifts, it’s important to think about how to retain those employees once they join your organization. And since “up to 20 percent of turnover occurs in the first 45 days” according to a recent SHRM article, getting the new hire experience right is crucial to your organization’s success. Here are 4 ways new employees often struggle and what  you can do to ensure that they are progressing from the start.

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Topics: Employers

 

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