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March 27, 2013
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How Houston became a top U.S. city for manufacturing
Manufacturing jobs in Houston have increased by more than 20% over a 10-year period, making it the best city in the U.S. for manufacturing, according to Forbes. John Higgins, the CEO of Neutex Advanced Energy Group, says the city's access to railroad networks, its diverse workforce and local partnerships involving manufacturers and universities help attract jobs to the region. "Most other cities are not as progressive as Houston is," Higgins says. IndustryWeek (3/21), Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/21)
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"Bionic suits" could start appearing on factory floors
Practical exoskeletons -- "wearable machines" -- that boost human strength are on the way, with Lockheed Martin among the companies looking to develop them. Industrial and military uses are envisioned for the newly practical devices, one model of which weighs less than 50 pounds and goes for around $70,000. The next step may be assembly-line production. Bloomberg (3/19)
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Trends in Education
Colleges cut faculty as state funding dwindles
Reduced state spending on higher education is forcing many public colleges and universities to trim staff and faculty to save money. A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that only two states -- North Dakota and Wyoming -- have not slashed higher-education spending. Of the other states, 36 reduced spending by more than 20% with Arizona and New Hampshire cutting spending in half. "It sets a really dangerous trend," said the report's author, Phil Oliff. CBS MoneyWatch (3/19)
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N.Y. school district teams with local manufacturers for career study
Middle- and high-school students in the West Irondequoit Central School District in New York get a firsthand look at manufacturing through internships and factory visits in the area. The program is funded through grants, and has received support from companies such as Optimax, whose CEO says such exposure will help establish a future workforce. "We're targeting the kids who might not know what to do at this point in their lives," Pat McCue, principal of Irondequoit High School, said. "A four-year college isn't maybe the way they want to go, and there are a lot of good paying jobs in the area for hard-working kids with that math and science skill set." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/24)
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Career Development
How to break free from the pack
Getting that first promotion will require you to rise above the other talented people in your organization, John Beeson writes. Demonstrate the ability to marshal company resources by identifying and fixing inefficiencies; in the process, you might need to build inroads into other departments. "If you think all this sounds like extra work, you're absolutely right ... those who emerge from the pack will be the ones willing to go the extra mile," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (3/18)
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Your résumé should tell a story
Every good story contains a conflict, a hero and a resolution, and so should your résumé, Steve Brady writes. Use your personal branding statement to identify a problem that a potential employer is experiencing. The rest of your résumé should demonstrate why you have the skills needed to solve the problem and be a hero, Brady writes. (3/18)
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There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it."
-- Charles Edward Montague,
British journalist
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