We Still Need Career And Technical Education – Even With 3.7% Unemployment

The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the US Department of Commerce.   The unemployment rate sits at 3.7% – the lowest since 1969.  On the other hand, earlier this week Verizon announced 44,000 layoffs to its global workforce, including a significant portion in the United States, and the outsourcing of 2,500-5,000 jobs to external contractors. […]

Future Ready Iowa Summit debuts in Muscatine with call for more skilled workers

Although Iowa is posting the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years, communities need to do more to be workforce ready. It’s no secret that jobs are changing with the times.  While not every career requires a college degree, companies are still struggling to find applicants with the up-skills to qualify for jobs. “There’s definitely a need for […]

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 […]

Adult Education Is Crucial to Addressing Workers’ Skills Gap

The world’s rich countries face a looming challenge in education: Too many of their citizens lack the skills and credentials needed for the jobs of the future. To keep people productively engaged in work in the coming decades, and to ensure that economies maintain robust growth, governments, educators and employers will need to make lasting investments in […]

Infrastructure won’t be great again without an education shift

Americans are ready to rebuild our infrastructure. And a major part of making that happen is a commitment to expanding and strengthening America’s efforts to rebuild the construction workforce, which is suffering from a massive shortage. It’s one of the principles of President Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal unveiled this week. Coupled with February being […]

Op-Ed: Technical schools offer strong alternative to 4-year degree

High school graduates heading off to a four-year university have a good idea what the next several years will hold, but for those interested in a different kind of career, the path may not be so clear. For students who are mechanically minded and like hands-on learning, a quality technical education could make the difference […]

Willis Independent School District celebrates $39.4M CTE Center

Under a cool, clear blue sky, Willis ISD board members joined Superintendent Tim Harkrider in shoveling dirt Wednesday in celebration of the realization of a community vision. School officials laughed and spoke loudly over the construction sounds of steel beams being erected behind them for the long-awaited $39.4 million Career and Technology Education Center. The […]