Our workforce skills gap (Pennsylvania)

Franklin County’s economy is experiencing nearly unprecedented growth due in large part to our strategic location that is within a one-day drive of 50% of the North American population and our workforce, which is prized among employers large and small.  Our growth has been such that our statistically calculated unemployment rate is 4%, which is […]

Innovative Companies Get Creative to Bridge the Skills Gap

If you’re concerned about the growing skills gap in the U.S., you’re far from alone: According to a recent CareerBuilder study, 2 in 3 employers are concerned about the growing skills gap in this country. Your fears aren’t unfounded, either. More than half of employers have seen a negative impact on business due to extended vacancies. […]

6K-12 trends to watch in 2018

Efforts to rethink the existing model and the impact of ESSA implementation will continue shaping education this year. With a new administration taking office and a new law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, taking effect last fall, 2017 was an eventful for K-12 education— and those changes, among others, are only going to keep changing […]

Why We Need Best Friends at Work

I’m going to pose a question that is among the most controversial Gallup has asked in 30 years of employee engagement research: “Do you have a best friend at work?” When one of my Gallup colleagues first told me that the best friend item tended to elicit the strongest response from clients, I was surprised — it […]

Workplace Learning Trends in 2018

AR and VR Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – these two topics have been on a number of technology trend lists for the past four to five years. But it was 2017 when the AR and VR bandwagon really got a big push with technology companies providing affordable VR/AR accessories. Innovative AR and VR solutions are helping […]

Government, business leaders expect ‘amazing growth’ in 2018

Manitowoc-area business and government leaders expect a busy 2018, with more housing, jobs and economic development expected for the Lakeshore. The biggest challenge they see? Finding workers. Among highlights for the city of Two Rivers in the new year is the expansion of Riverside Foods, 2520 Wilson St.  The company plans to construct a 20,000-square-foot building […]

Budget could help with skilled worker shortage

More Kansas high school students would be able to attend college-level technical courses free of charge under a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback. The proposal comes after under-funding of an existing program in recent years. Commonly called Senate Bill 155, the program allows high school students to qualify for state-paid tuition in technical courses offered […]