After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the […]

Charleston to participate in national tech workforce initiative

One of the technology sector’s primary trade groups is embarking on an effort to boost professionals early in their careers, and Charleston will have a hand in it. CompTIA says it’s launching a series of initiatives to help tech workers find jobs, get training and meet mentors. Nancy Hammervik, its executive vice president for industry relations, says […]

Georgia Tech provides training in high-demand careers

Georgia employers spoke and the state listened. In response to a critical need for skilled workers in several key industries, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal launched the High Demand Career Initiative in 2014. Initially, the state worked with key employers in strategic industries around the state to identify current and future workforce needs. Now that these […]

How early should kids begin STEM education?

Ohio children need high-quality pre-k education if they are to develop the STEM skills that will be in demand for 21st century jobs, a group of business and military leaders said this week.   A new report shows Ohio has a skills gap in science, technology, engineering and math. The report was prepared by ReadyNation, […]

Career tech ed gets boost

A $75,000 grant has been awarded to enhance career and technical education (CTE) in the Wilkes County schools. The funding is from the N.C. Workforce Development partnership, consisting of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Community College System and N.C. Department of Commerce. According to the N.C. Workforce Development website, the grants are awarded […]

Tackle Michigan’s skills gap

We’ve traveled the state talking with employers, and the message from them is clear: We can’t find enough people with in-demand skills to fill jobs that will help us grow and thrive. And we also hear common concerns raised by our educators, who say they struggle to get more students into career-tech classrooms, or lack […]