Cracking the Code: IT-Ready opens the tech industry door

Rebooting a career is not unlike dealing with a locked-up computer. Sometimes a skilled technician is needed to step in and help find a solution. Creating IT Futures provides the “Help Desk” for career changers and entry-level workers looking to break into the burgeoning Information Technology (IT) sector. Through its IT-Ready program, participants learn foundational skills which […]

Bridging the STEM Skills Gap Involves Both Education and Industry Commitments

INSIDE SUBARU OF Indiana Automotive, students gather around a scaled-down version of the robotic arms the industry uses to make cars. They watch as it sorts colored blocks on a miniaturized production line, occasionally glancing at the nearby laptop to make sure it is following the commands they programmed. These students are simulating the roles of […]

How former student-athletes are equipped to fill the No. 1 workforce skills gap

In a 2018 study, LinkedIn researchers found the No. 1 skills gap across the United States workforce is in communication — soft skills such as collaboration, articulation and receptiveness to feedback.  Knowing these abilities are lacking in the workforce and desired by employers in all professions should give former student-athletes the confidence felt after a big win […]

10 High-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs 2018

There is a talent shortage in America’s blue-collar sectors, and it’s projected only to grow. In manufacturing alone, 57% of the 3.5 million jobs that analysts predict will exist by 2025 are expected to go unfilled. While the aging baby boomer population, growing economy and widening skills gap have each played a part, nearly all industry executives […]

Students Think They’re Ready For The Corporate World; Employers Disagree

Four years and about $25,550 in debt later, you’d think fresh graduates would be ready to join the corporate world. Students certainly think they are, but the companies hiring them disagree. Many graduates don’t realize how ill-prepared they are for the corporate world, according to a survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The […]

SkillsUSA brings thousands of people, dollars to Louisville

Some of the smartest and talented students from around the country are in Louisville for the SkillsUSA Conference. Each time these visitors come to WAVE Country, they leave a huge economic imprint on the city. It’s the 54th year for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference which is returning to the Kentucky Expo Center June 24 to 29.  […]

Students get a jump start on careers this summer

Webster Parish Schools, along with the Louisiana Department of Education, has expanded its Jump Start program by participating in the Jump Start Summers initiative. “This initiative allows Webster Parish high school students the opportunity to earn academic credit toward a Jump Start Career Diploma, engage in workplace-based learning through job shadowing and/or internship opportunities, attain […]

How Are Manufacturers Addressing the Skills Gap?

Manufacturing is in the middle of a new industrial revolution that requires skilled laborers. However, by most reports, many manufacturers lack enough of these well-trained employees, creating a worker shortage due to the skills gap—the difference between the skills manufacturers need and the skills job applicants have. Companies are responding to the skills gap in […]