Marie Murphy

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Unlock Potential with New Locksmith & Home Security Technician Program

Posted by Marie Murphy on 8/10/18 12:45 PM

Have you ever lost your keys? Been locked out of your house? Struggled to install a security system? You’re not alone. Every single day people require the talents and skills of professional locksmiths and home security technicians.

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations, career diplomas

How to Support the Working Learner

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/26/18 3:45 PM

As the number of “nontraditional” students, especially working learners, rises, the traditional secondary education format, i.e. a recent high school graduate going to a brick-and-mortar college fulltime, is becoming less of a reality. Many learners are struggling to access the brick-and-mortar college because of finances or actual distance – nearly 11.2 million adults live in an education desert, or more than sixty minutes from a public college.1

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Education, adult learners

The Prescription for Success: New Program Seeks to Address Growing Pharmacy Technician Field

Posted by Marie Murphy on 7/19/18 1:12 PM

Pharmacy technicians are the ever-present faces at drug stores, pharmacies, and hospitals across the nation, fulfilling a crucial role in the healthcare system. As the population ages, requiring prescription medication care, pharmacies are becoming more important in the healthcare industry. As such, the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is expanding at a faster rate than average, at 12%, suggesting a need for more skilled workers to fill these opening positions.

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Topics: skills solution, Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations

2018 Summer Solstice: The Solar Industry is Looking Bright

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/21/18 9:32 AM

The summer solstice, happening this year on June 21st, is when the sun reaches the highest and most Northern point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere - making it the longest day of sunshine throughout the year. Many mark this day as the beginning of summer – the season with abundant sunshine and warmth. 

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Topics: Employers, Forward Thinking Careers, in-demand occupations

The Future Role of Apprenticeships in Manufacturing

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/13/18 11:00 AM

Across the United States, employers in the skilled trades, particularly in manufacturing, are facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. This skills gap is causing a growing number of discouraged workers who feel as though while there are open jobs, they cannot access them without specialized training or education.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Skilled Trades, workforce training

Is a 4-Year Degree for Everyone?

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/7/18 1:27 PM

In recent years, obtaining a college diploma has become the standard for entering the workforce. However, multiple competing forces within both the education and job market have begun to render this “standard” down to an option for some, but not all.

Recently, the New York Times featured a study on the return on investment of college degrees across different demographics in the United States. The conclusion of those results included that for some people, the economic benefit is not always evident.1 In conjunction with the decline in undergraduate enrollment, down for the sixth year in a row, the value of a four year degree may be lowering.2

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News

Survey Shows Top Workforce Challenges in Skilled Trades

Posted by Marie Murphy on 5/24/18 10:03 AM

Recently, the Labor Department shared exciting news about the US job market, boasting a 3.9% unemployment rate. An achievement certainly, but for many employers, the low unemployment means stiffer competition for their labor force. In the skilled trades industry particularly, this means employers must differentiate themselves to maintain a skilled workforce and talent pipeline, all while also combatting other workforce challenges related to the skills gap.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Learning and Development

Industry in Review: Employer’s Increase Investment in Training & Development

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 4:12 PM

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind for education, edtech, and workforce development, but one story has become increasingly prevalent: More and more companies have continued to invest in employee training, development, and education.

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Topics: Industry News, workforce training

The Importance of Upfront Training for New Front Line Supervisors

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 9:48 AM

The time to train front line supervisors is now. In a piece published by Industry Today, Penn Foster's Head of Skilled Trades Division, Collin Gutman, explains the crucial need for front line supervisor training. While often selected to supervisor positions given their success as front line employees, Gutman shares how the skills needed by front line employee to supervisor aren't always aligned, making the transition both "bumpy and jarring." 

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Topics: Employers, Frontline Worker, Skilled Trades, workforce training

Dynamics of the Workforce Development Industry: An Interview with Frank Britt

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/10/18 4:06 PM

The time has come to serve the middle skilled workforce in the United States. In an interview with Todd Hand of Boston Search Group, Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt explains the recent trends and future outlook for the workforce development industry. Highlighting the importance of upskilling and investing in the middle skilled, or “gray collar,” cohort of workers, Britt’s interview focuses on how organizations are finally becoming aware of this need for workforce development.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Upskilling, Skills Gap

 

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