Mike Rowe visits, encourages SkillsUSA students

A longtime supporter of Skills USA showed up on Wednesday to thank students for working hard and learning trade skills that will contribute to America’s workforce. “Skills USA is among the best-kept secrets, tragically,” said Mike Rowe, former host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs and the CNN show Somebody’s Gotta Do It. Click here […]

Skilled Labor a Critical Option for Millennial Workforce

When Nick Peterson talks about welding, his eyes light up. “A lot of people see welding as just fusing metal together,” he said. “I don’t. You have to have that little touch to make it look great. It brings out my creative side.” Peterson’s grandmother, who raised him, was an artist. If she wasn’t watching […]

The Future of Education, Skills and the Economy

David Deming is the Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses broadly on the economics of education, with a particular interest in the impact of education policies on long-term outcomes other than test […]

What is Oklahoma doing to fill the skills gap?

Oklahoma has more than 60,000 unfilled jobs, and about 18,000 are occupations deemed critical to growing Oklahoma’s economy. Natalie Shirley, secretary of education and workforce development, said those occupations include nurses, engineers, teachers, computer programmers, chemists, accountants and truck drivers. “We have a huge number of those jobs that are open and it will only […]

What They’re Saying: Strengthening CTE Is a Win for Students and Communities

From technological advances to the expansion of the economy, today’s job market is significantly different from the one even just a few years ago. To help America’s students and workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to fill these in-demand, high-skilled jobs, Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the Strengthening […]