education & the workforce

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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The “Skills Gap” Redux

The “Skills Gap” Redux

This time it is the Atlantic that is shocked! shocked! that the skills of US students trail their contemporaries: Young American workers today are more educated than ever before, but the nation’s largest generation is losing its edge against the least and most educated of other countries, according to a provocative new report. The report’s […]

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Investing in Public Schools could have High Economic Returns

Investing in Public Schools could have High Economic Returns

That’s the implication of a study recently released by the the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  The New York Times has the story: When it comes to math and science scores, the United States lags most of the other 33 advanced industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ranking 24th, […]

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“People know how to take a course. But they need to learn how to learn.”

“People know how to take a course. But they need to learn how to learn.”

That quote from John Leutner, head of global learning at Xerox summarizes the conclusion of a piece in the Washington Post.  We just posted about how US society has come to view higher education in terms of vocational traning rather than personal development.  The WaPo article points out that recent research suggests this may be […]

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Skills Shortage May Dampen Economic Recovery

Skills Shortage May Dampen Economic Recovery

So says a recent article in Site Selection: Technology companies fear their plans to hire new staff in 2015 may be sidetracked by a continuing shortage of qualified tech talent, according to a new survey from the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). Seventy-four percent of 1,561 C-suite-level technology executives participating in TECNA’s third annual […]

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ReskillUSA:  A New Pipeline for STEM Workers?

ReskillUSA: A New Pipeline for STEM Workers?

Over at TechCrunch, Anthony Ha has a post on Codeacademy’s effort to build a new platform for people to improve their technology-related skills: A lot of people probably see Codecademy as a place to build up programming skills before hitting the job market, but now the company is teaming up with similar organizations like Thinkful, […]

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