Opportunity Summit 2019: Reimagining Workforce When Our Future is Right in Front of Us

Posted by Ronald J. Stefanski on 5/3/19 5:57 AM

“There is an old African proverb: If you don’t embrace the young in your village, they will return later to burn it down for its warmth.”

At yesterday's 2019 Opportunity Summit, Andy Hall, COO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, inspired the crowd with this adage at the opening session.

Keep it simple. Start with the end in sight. 

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, workforce training, workforce development

Phoenix Rising YouthBuild: Rising to the Occasion

Posted by Jake Sotir on 10/31/18 12:58 PM

Since 2014, Penn Foster and YouthBuild USA have partnered to provide YouthBuild students with Penn Foster’s accredited high school diploma program as well as other relevant skills training to prepare students for their future careers.

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Topics: High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, YouthBuild

Following Your Passion: When is the Right Time to Jump?

Posted by Steve Copacino on 1/12/18 1:39 PM

When to jump_blog image.png"Is this it? Is this what the rest of my life is going to look like?" This is a question that many of us ask ourselves - and one that all of us will reckon with at one point or another. It's also a questions that it's irrevocably tied to our passions. Young or old, we all have passions that drive us and that truly make us happy. But, if we're not currently following our passion, be it in our studies or our careers, how do we know when it's the right time to jump towards them?

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Youth Organizations, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools

Three Key Skill Sets to Cover in Your Home Care Program

Posted by Steve Copacino on 10/18/17 2:11 PM

The home health care market in the United States is enormous and, as the baby boomer population ages, is only expected to grow over the next decade. This includes both unpaid individuals providing care to an adult or child, which alone has a cumulative financial impact of over $450 billion annually1, as well as the professional care provided by nurses and home health aides - a profession that is expected to grow by 38% in the next decade.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, soft skills

Bridging the Gap: How Schools & Youth Organizations Value Soft Skills Training

Posted by Steve Copacino on 7/6/17 10:00 AM

In last week’s post, we looked how employers value soft skills in the workplace. This week, we turn our attention to the “supply side” of the equation as we look at how training organizations value soft skills. By surveying leaders at career colleges, high schools, and youth organizations such as YouthBuild and Job Corps, we are able to get a better sense of how important these organizations see these skills, and what type of training they are currently offer to prepare their learners for the workplace.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Public & Private High Schools, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, soft skills

The Benefits of Coupling Career-Focused Education with Business Skills

Posted by Steve Copacino on 6/23/17 1:01 PM

Career colleges, workforce investment boards, and youth organizations all share a similar goal: to provide their learners and clients with skills that will ultimately get them a job and put them on a pathway towards a long-term, sustainable career. To that end, these organizations have to consider both the short term market demand, as well as the long term career outlook for various positions and career paths. Additionally, they must look at all the primary and auxiliary skills that may be necessary in a given profession or career path, when developing their curriculum. While the primary or career-focused skills take precedence, including auxiliary skills, especially business and entrepreneurial skills, can lead to improved long-term outcomes for learners and organizations alike.

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Topics: Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, workforce investment boards

Forward Thinking Careers: Veterinary Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 5/9/17 11:30 AM

As we continue to look at industries with fast growing careers, another that jumps out with no shortage of jobs is the veterinary services industry. In 2016, U.S. pet industry spending was over $66 billion dollars, a number that is expected to grow by an additional 4% is 2017.1 This number included over $16 billion spent annually on vet care. There are many positions within the veterinary services industry that can provide attractive career paths for youth organizations, workforce investment boards, and nonprofits to place their learners. One position in particular that has proven a good fit for entry-level employment is Veterinary Assistant - which is expected to grow by 9% within the next decade.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards

Youth Organizations Can Increase College Placement Rates by Offering Dual Enrollment High School Programs

Posted by Daniel Dolph on 5/4/17 12:02 PM

In today’s competitive job market it’s nearly impossible to find a job without a postsecondary credential or degree. For example, there have been 11.6 million jobs created since the 2008 economic recession, and an overwhelming majority of these jobs – 11.5 million – have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education.1

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Colleges & Career Schools, college completion, Dual Enrollment

Forward Thinking Careers: Virtual Assistant

Posted by Steve Copacino on 4/7/17 11:00 AM

As workforce investment boards, youth organizations, and staffing companies look to provide job seekers with training in in-demand careers, one occupation that has been emerging recently is virtual assistant. As a whole, the market for administrative assistance is expected to reach over 2 million positions by 2024, creating over 300,000 new jobs.1 With today’s digital world making it commonplace to work remotely, and may small and medium size businesses looking to outsource certain administrative functions, expect many of these new positions to be filled by Virtual Assistance. Likewise, one report estimated the total market for online working, which includes virtual assistants, will eclipse $5 billion by 2018.2

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, workforce investment boards, Forward Thinking Careers

Forward Thinking Careers: Pharmacy Technician

Posted by Steve Copacino on 3/15/17 3:00 PM

 

As we continue to look at fast-growing careers in the healthcare industry, Pharmacy Technicians stands out as yet another in-demand profession. Expected to grow by 9% in the U.S. over the next decade, adding over 34,000 new jobs1, Pharmacy Technicians play a critical role in pharmacy operations. Much like Home Health Aide, the demand for Pharmacy Technicians is largely driven by an aging population, which in turn leads to an increase in demand for prescription medications.

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Topics: Youth Organizations, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, Forward Thinking Careers

 

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