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Hottest Jobs for 2016

With the economy looking up many companies are ready to ramp up hiring.

Sounds great, right? So what kind of job should you be looking for? The best job for anyone is always going to be one that you're good at (i..e. uses your skills), that inspires you (by matching your interests), and that meets your salary requirements. Read More


Second Chance for a High School Diploma and a Future

Haydee Almanza didn't think she would need a high school diploma when she dropped out at age 18. She didn't think she'd need it when she found a steady job at a Los Angeles clothing shop.

It wasn't until she had her first child at age 21 that the reality hit her.

"I wanted my son to have a parent with a high school diploma," says Almanza, now age 25. "I wanted to finish. I wanted him to know what was possible." Read More


How to Unleash Girls Natural Potential in STEM

Green Works conducted an experiment. It didn't happen in a laboratory or involve white lab coats or a rainbow of chemicals in test tubes. Instead, it happened in a library, involving a group of girls using crayons to draw on sheets of paper. The task: to draw scientists. The result: Nearly all of the girls drew men.

We've all heard that women and girls are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but the experiment by Green Works, a Clorox brand, corroborates the conventional wisdom that women do not represent the face of these fields. In fact, according to Green Works, only one in every 1,000 girls becomes a scientist. Read More


BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Launches Innovative Tech Training Program

BART has launched an innovative training program in partnership with Bay Area community colleges and local workforce investment boards to provide up to 100 students with the technical knowledge to pursue transit-related careers.  

"This is truly a win-win situation," said BART Assistant General Manager for Employee Relations Allison Picard. "Students will learn highly practical skills they can take directly to the workforce while BART will gain our most valuable resource: qualified, dedicated employees. As of January 2015, 45% of BART's workforce was eligible to retire so it's vital that we train the next generation of BART employees. This grant implementation is part of a comprehensive Workforce Development Plan designed to achieve that objective". Read More

Apprenticeships

The Registered Apprenticeship system has been utilized to meet the needs of America's skilled workforce for over 75 years. It is a unique, flexible training system that combines job related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Registered Apprenticeship is a leader in preparing American workers to compete in a global 21st Century economy because the system keeps pace with advancing technologies and innovations in training and human resource development. Read More


CommunityFocus


New $5 Million Grant Program Will Connect Youth Facing Obstacles to Higher Education and Employment

In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund, the Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today that it plans to award $5.4 million in grants over the next three years to help more teens and young adults complete high school and postsecondary education and build paths to careers.

The Foundation's new Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) initiative aims to increase educational and employment opportunities for youth and young adults ages 14 to 25 who are in foster care or involved in the juvenile justice system, or who are homeless. These young people often face some of the greatest challenges to success in adulthood. Over the next three to five years, 10 local partnerships in Alaska, Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York will adapt two evidence-based models to meet the needs of these youth, including support to address the trauma they may have experienced in their lives. Read More



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