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Preparing Tomorrow's IT Workers

There are more than half a million unfilled jobs in information technology across all sectors of the economy. In March 2015, President Obama announced the TechHire initiative to expand local tech sectors by building tech talent pipelines in communities across the country. This past June, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded 39 grants totaling $150 million to partnerships that target, train, and support young people and disadvantaged groups with barriers to employment.

A number of community colleges received grant funding, and the key to success will be in the partnerships formed with businesses for both training for the tech industry and connecting participants with employment opportunities.

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IT Pathways' Mentoring Program Makes All the Difference

With a pathway program in place, the next step at Mississippi Delta Community College
is to keep students on track. Here's how students and advisers took it to the next level.

Toward the end of the first year of a Department of Labor grant to Mississippi Delta Community College, Martha Claire Drysdale and her colleagues started noticing something surprising.

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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


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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