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 skills gap and finding employees

Ron Wanek is the founder and chairman of the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, Ashley Furniture Industries. With sales topping $8 billion, Wanek’s company has been an unqualified success.   Northeast Mississippi has been a beneficiary – and contributor – to Ashley’s growth. The company employs some 3,200 people at three facilities in Ecru, […]

Schools put new emphasis on CTE path

Surry County Schools has kicked off the new school year with a renewed emphasis on vocational and technical studies. Last month, Dr. Travis Reeves, school superintendent, touched on the topic when discussing an agricultural studies barn to be built at North Surry. Yes, Surry County Schools pushes a college-going culture and emphasizes earning college credits […]

Improving skills through America’s workforce development system

Key Points The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the primary federal legislation that authorizes many training and workforce development services. These services help train job seekers with skills, but administrative hurdles limit its effectiveness. Congress allocates roughly $4.8 billion for WIOA programs that serve six million participants. While smaller than other postsecondary aid […]

Future Ready Iowa needs funding to close Iowa skills gap

State officials have high hopes for a bridging a skills gap in the Iowa workforce, aiming to ensure that 70 percent of Iowa workers have training or education beyond high school by 2025. Most Iowans who want work have a job, Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said in Cedar Rapids Monday. The unemployment rate […]

The 12 skills employers want the most

A new survey has revealed the skills that employers value and how different they are to what university graduates think are important. The QS Global Employer Survey 2018 has highlighted the misconceptions students have about what skills employers want and the areas where there is a graduate skills gap. For the report released this week, […]