Last week I wrote about the conflicting signals that students must be receiving about what to major in, considering the fluctuating job market. One of the surprising bits was that recent data shows chemistry is a clunker of a degree. That flies in the face of all the STEM hype that we’ve been reading. So Read more →
After reading so much about education and jobs for my work, it’s good for me to step back and read about the issue through the eyes of an outsider — a potential student, a parent, a laid-off worker. That’s what I did with this one that appeared in Sunday’s Star Tribune. After reading it, I’m Read more →
Here’s an American RadioWorks podcast on manufacturing jobs that gets into the “jobs-skills mismatch” argument a little. (Note: Click on the “Download” link if it doesn’t play on my blog.) It got me thinking: Has something indeed changed that has caused a drop in the number of workers who are skilled enough to enter those Read more →
“He’s more like a CEO than an academic. So far, he’s got people listening.” — Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system trustee Duane Benson to the Star Tribune regarding Chancellor Steven Rosenstone and his efforts to work with state industry to expand training programs for Minnesota’s work force. Read the full story here.
I’m intrigued by Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s mention in the Rochester Post-Bulletin of a proposal for feds to work with businesses on what I assume will be training programs: I’m working right now to develop federal legislation that would, among other things, build on the success in Alexandria (Technical and Community College) by providing incentives for small Read more →
While describing what Alexandria Technical and Community College is doing to help decrease Minnesota’s job-skills mismatch, the Echo Press explains one of the dynamics involved: It’s an urban “bubble” phenomenon: for each hour that you drive away from the Twin Cities and into rural areas, manufacturing’s workforce gap widens. Read the full story here.
Agriculture is a far different industry than it was 50, 30, or even 10 years ago, and agricultural education has changed in similar ways. To make assumptions based on outdated stereotypes about agriculture unfairly misleads young people. — University of Minnesota Dean Al Levine of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences on a Read more →
With all the talk of a jobs-skills mismatch — high unemployment even as technical and manufacturing jobs go begging — the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is trumpeting its push to meet Minnesota’s work force needs. Yesterday I joined MnSCU trustees and others in touring Dakota County Technical College and seeing some of Read more →
“… We should be able to say exactly where the students who crossed the stage and shook the President’s hand at the last commencement are six months later: what percent have jobs, what percent have gone on to graduate or professional school, what percent are doing other things and what those things are. This information Read more →
After hearing that green technology is the new hot thing these days, I read that Duane Carrow, director of renewable energy programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, is singing a different tune. He tells the Marshall Independent: “Green jobs have not lived up to the hype. Everybody from the president on down said Read more →