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March 20, 2013
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Small businesses partner with schools to find skilled workers
By the end of the decade there could be about 875,000 job openings for skilled workers at manufacturing firms. Small businesses are partnering with schools and community colleges to find skilled workers. "It's not easy finding people who are going to fit," said Tracy Tenpenny, a vice president at Tailored Label Products. "We needed someone who was able to handle a computer and utilize a digital die cutter." Manufacturing Business Technology/The Associated Press (3/15)
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Editorial: America Works Act would boost manufacturing employment
Legislation being considered in the Senate would provide federal funds for training manufacturing workers and would establish a national credentialing system. The bill is modeled after an initiative at Forsyth Technical Community College that has proved to be effective, the editorial board of the Winston-Salem Journal writes. The bill "is a win for manufacturers; a win for schools like Forsyth Tech; and a win for employees," the board writes. Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (3/13)
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Trends in Education
Financial aid for job-certificate programs is scarce, educators say
Job-certificate programs offered at community colleges are the fastest-growing form of postsecondary degree, and the majority of people who receive them earn more on average than people with associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees. However, many educators say there is a lack of financial aid available to students who want to complete job-certificate programs, as most aid goes to students earning traditional degrees. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/18)
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Colleges encouraged to try competency-based education
Colleges are being encouraged to develop programs that would award degrees based on competency and not earned credit hours. The U.S. Department of Education has released a letter that invites colleges to consider the approach, but does not seek to alter current federal regulations. "We know many students and adult learners across the country need the flexibility to fit their education into their lives or work through a class on their own pace, and these competency-based programs offer those features," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. (3/19)
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Career Development
3 ways to recover from career disappointments
Deborah Grayson Riegel writes that a professional disappointment was a blow to her ego, but also "the kick in the butt I needed to develop a thicker skin, more personal and professional resilience, and yes, a more strategic business plan than 'pray that nothing changes, ever.'" She provides strategies for handling disappointment such as understanding how it might highlight some weakness that needs to be corrected. Fast Company online (3/8)
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Traversing tricky job search situations
Delicate situations are bound to come up in a job search, Alison Green writes. For instance, what should you do if you get a job offer while you're waiting to hear back from an employer you prefer? You can buy some time by asking for a few days to mull things over, but you probably won't be able to prolong the decision longer than that, Green writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/18)
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