education and workforce

Colleges that are Engines for Upward Mobility

Colleges that are Engines for Upward Mobility

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt has a piece on which colleges do the best job in fostering upward mobility: To take just one encouraging statistic: At City College, in Manhattan, 76 percent of students who enrolled in the late 1990s and came from families in the bottom fifth of the income distribution have ended […]

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Community Colleges get in the Code Boot Camp Game

Community Colleges get in the Code Boot Camp Game

This from Inside Higher Ed: Graduates of Bellevue College don’t have to look far for jobs in the tech industry. The community college’s north campus in Bellevue, Wash., sits across the street from Microsoft headquarters. Dozens of other tech companies — including Amazon, Google and Boeing — have offices nearby in the Seattle area. “We’re […]

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What the “Vanishing Corporation” means for Economic Development

What the “Vanishing Corporation” means for Economic Development

We posted Friday about the write-up we did for the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) on their discussion for improving START-UP NY.  The same conference featured a discussion of Jerry Davis’s work, the Vanishing Corporation.  NYSEDC asked us to produce a summary of the discussion and the issues Davis’s theses raise for economic […]

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Metro Areas lead US Economic Recovery

Metro Areas lead US Economic Recovery

A recent New York Times article cited Denver as a poster child for the new possibilities for economic success: Its transformation into one of the most dynamic economies in the country was led by local business leaders and government officials, who took advantage of existing assets while also raising taxes at times to invest in […]

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Does Your College Major Determine Your Economic Destiny?

Does Your College Major Determine Your Economic Destiny?

That is what is often suggested in coverage of education and employment prospects.  However, a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce suggests the real picture is a bit more complicated.  The Wall Street Journal explains it all below:   The print story is here.

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The “Skills Gap” Redux. . . One More Time

The “Skills Gap” Redux. . . One More Time

Workforce development issues are an important focus of our work and have been for many years.  Predictably, as the economy shows some signs of growth, the discussion of skills shortages start to proliferate.  This blog recently featured a piece from the Atlantic that looked at whether any skills shortages can be traced to failures in […]

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