What Penn Foster Students Who Made the Jump to New Careers Can Teach Employers

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 2/12/18 11:55 AM

MikeLewisWhenToJump.jpgMike Lewis, entrepreneur and author, recently collaborated with Penn Foster Education in an informative and motivational webinar titled “Make Your Jump.” Lewis, a graduate of Dartmouth, left a prestigious job at a venture capital firm to pursue his passion—playing squash professionally. He teamed up with a panel of diverse Penn Foster students to share their stories and speak to the barriers that often hold them back from tackling their career goals. Though the insights gleaned from the conversation between Lewis and Penn Foster students Rocco, Brittney, and Kathy encourage other students and peers to make the jump toward the career they want, there are a few key takeaways that can inform the way employers approach career development for their employees. 

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Topics: Forward Thinking Careers, workforce training

Got Skills? Lessons For Detroit on Talent from the world of Amazon and Jazz

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 1/24/18 3:29 PM

Parties often take on an energy and life all their own. Hosting a Jazz it Up in the D Celebration to honor Brenda Jones’ (left) re-election as president of Detroit City Council had that distinct energy that comes from a capacity crowd watching performers up close when they put their unique talents together in creative ways. The Stephen Grady Junior Jazz Trio was on hand at our home as we welcomed over 125 captivating artists, community and business leaders and friends to celebrate the next chapter for Detroit. Stephen Jr. and friends Jake and Rocco thrilled the audience with their riffs on sax, bass and guitar. Clearly, they have skills!

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Skills Gap, workforce training, Detroit

The Importance of the Veterinary Practice Manager: A Q&A with Dr. James Hurrell

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/13/17 5:18 PM

Veterinary medicine has long been a thriving industry. Every pet owner wants to ensure their animal companion is at peak health. Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians study long and hard to learn how to properly diagnose and treat our furry friends. They’re very obviously vital to a thriving veterinary practice. But just as necessary is the Veterinary Practice Manager, the person who can confidently and efficiently run a practice. We spoke with Dr. James Hurrell (more commonly known as Dr. Jim to the students and staff at Penn Foster), an expert in veterinary medicine, to learn more about why veterinary practices need managers who aren’t the practice owner and how Penn Foster’s new Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate can help grow a strong practice.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, workforce training

How Effective Learner Support Can Improve Outcomes in Employee Training Programs

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 11/21/17 3:19 PM

In-depth employee training and education is necessary for almost every industry. Well-trained employees will benefit your company long-term by being confident and skilled in their positions. Employees who are confident in their level of training and skill, who know that they are working toward a fulfilling career with opportunity for growth, are more likely to stay. Lower turnover rates can improve productivity, productivity, and product quality. Offering comprehensive training courses to your employees can translate into more profit in the long term and a more positive workforce in the immediate future.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development, workforce training

The Future of Staffing: Perspectives from the 2017 Staffing World Expo

Posted by Collin Gutman on 11/10/17 1:04 PM

If you spent five minutes in the exposition hall at the ASA’s 2017 Staffing World Expo & Conference last month, you would very quickly get a sense of what products are being purchased by staffing firms.   

Throughout the hall, there was a cluster of background check companies, a pocket of drug testing companies, the major ATS players, the companies that make sure you’re in compliance and, of course, the behemoths of sourcing occupying mammoth booths. Staffing, for the past 30 years, has remained simple in this way. Find candidates, make sure they check the boxes, place them, rinse, repeat. No fluff.  Nothing extraneous. No vendors selling flashy website upgrades, no internal talent profiling, even very few assessments.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, Upskilling, Skilled Trades, workforce training, Staffing

Penn Foster Joins Leaders in Staffing and Workforce Solutions at 2017 Staffing World

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/23/17 2:00 PM

Kicking off tomorrow in Chicago, the American Staffing Association’s 2017 Staffing World conference will draw over 2,000 leaders in staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions to the McCormick Place Convention Center. With nearly 50 sessions led by industry experts and business leaders, including workshops, roundtables, and sector-specific forums, Staffing World seeks to disrupt the thinking of the staffing industry with new strategies and cutting-edge best practices to take back to your organization.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, Upskilling, workforce training, Staffing

What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing? Industry Leaders Weigh In

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/6/17 9:46 AM

Today is the day! Each year, the National Association of Manufacturers hosted Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing intended to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The celebration of Manufacturing Day extends well into October, with businesses and community organizations planning events, such as factory visits and learning sessions, throughout the month.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Manufacturing, workforce training

The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

3 In-Demand Career Programs to Help Job Seekers Get Employed Quickly

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 9/21/17 3:25 PM

In today's competitive labor market, workforce training organizations face real challenges preparing their clients for careers in high-demand occupations. Job-seekers must not only have the skill to do a job, they also must possess a related industry-credential. For example, 11.5 of the 11.6 million jobs created since 2008 have gone to workers with some level of postsecondary education – this includes those who've taken postsecondary courses or completed a postsecondary diploma, certificate or degree program1.

Workforce organizations must improve clients' skills, help them earn diplomas and certifications, and prepare them for industry-recognized certification exams in order to increase their employability. And, they need to do it quickly.

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Topics: workforce investment boards, workforce training, in-demand occupations

 

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