Private companies rise to reskilling

The speed of technological change in the workplace has caused many organizational leaders to examine how their teams adapt and learn for future growth. One key way private companies are adjusting to this new reality is by actively confronting the skills gap in their factories, offices, studios, and shops. The reskilling of workers was the No. 1 approach for […]

Oklahoma leaders address education-to-employment pipeline challenges

Rapid advances in technology are continually changing workforce needs and how students today need to be educated for the jobs of tomorrow. The first day on the job is the day workers begin retraining to learn new skills, Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma, said Thursday at a workforce and education summit in downtown Oklahoma […]

Filling in the gaps

Francisco Perez envisioned himself in the medical field, but that all changed when he took a metal shop class at Pullman High School his freshman year.  Now, Perez is the only student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Lewis-Clark State College’s welding program. Perez, 21, of Pullman, already has his associate degree in welding.  Once he […]


As a lot of our domestic innovations are focused on technology and how it can improve, classic skill-based jobs such as manufacturing are seeing a shortage of qualified employees. Companies are being forced to outsource their manufacturing positions. There are simply not enough qualified applicants in the United States. STEM is an acronym for science, […]

Suburban educators say vocational programs need community support

Destigmatizing careers that don’t require a college degree is key to bridging a growing nationwide skills gap, say some lawmakers, educators and business leaders. “All work has dignity,” U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said Monday after visiting South Elgin High School’s automotive, precision manufacturing and early childhood programs. “We cannot stigmatize any career … any pathway […]

Connect with the Chamber: Investing in talent, investing in our community

Talent. It’s the most valuable resource any community, company, economic developer or site selector can have. And with unemployment rates at historic lows and growing concerns about a widening skills gap, the need to develop a talent pipeline is on the top of everyone’s mind. At the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, we’re working with […]