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 […]

Addressing the skills gap in America through apprenticeships

In Washington, the most common conversation topic should be a simple one: jobs. How do we create more of them? How do we prepare Americans for the jobs that are already available? How do we ensure those jobs provide a decent wage and good benefits? In Congress, these conversations often lead to discussions on the […]

SkillsUSA competition focuses on career and technical education

Standout Wisconsin students in the trades, from welding to 3D printing, are hoping to secure a spot in a national competition to spotlight their skills. The SkillsUSA Wisconsin state conference began Tuesday at the Alliant Energy Center. Over 1,700 students from across the state are competing at the conference for a chance to represent Wisconsin […]

Bill aims to attract more career and technical education teachers

The Virginia Department of Education ranks CTE number four in the ‘Top Ten Critical Shortage Teaching Endorsement Areas’ in Virginia for 2017-2018. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is making a push to boost the number of career and technical education (CTE) teachers. On Tuesday, he introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act with U.S. Senators Rob Portman […]

We need more skilled workers. Here’s how we can train them.

From health care workers to electrical linemen, North Carolina has a widespread lack of technical and skilled workers. Closing the skills gaps is as important to workers and the state as it is industry. The average liberal arts graduate from a four-year institution earns $41,800 a year. The average graduate of Caldwell Community College and […]