Bridging the skills gap and finding employees

Ron Wanek is the founder and chairman of the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, Ashley Furniture Industries. With sales topping $8 billion, Wanek’s company has been an unqualified success.   Northeast Mississippi has been a beneficiary – and contributor – to Ashley’s growth. The company employs some 3,200 people at three facilities in Ecru, […]

Schools put new emphasis on CTE path

Surry County Schools has kicked off the new school year with a renewed emphasis on vocational and technical studies. Last month, Dr. Travis Reeves, school superintendent, touched on the topic when discussing an agricultural studies barn to be built at North Surry. Yes, Surry County Schools pushes a college-going culture and emphasizes earning college credits […]

Improving skills through America’s workforce development system

Key Points The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the primary federal legislation that authorizes many training and workforce development services. These services help train job seekers with skills, but administrative hurdles limit its effectiveness. Congress allocates roughly $4.8 billion for WIOA programs that serve six million participants. While smaller than other postsecondary aid […]

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 […]

HOW COMPANIES ARE COMBATING THE STEM SKILLS GAP

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 […]