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Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech:


In his Harvard commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg advocated exploring a system in which all people receive a standard salary just for being alive, no questions asked. The ...


Gig economy is 34% of US workforce :




Japan is using robots for everything because there just aren't enough people:


The way Japan copes with an aging population will provide critical lessons for other aging societies, including China and South Korea, that will have to grapple with similar challenges in coming years. Desperate ...


Missoula College Approved for First Registered Finance Apprenticeship in State:


Missoula College of the University of Montana has secured the first statewide registered finance apprenticeship with its Accounting Technology program. Funded by a $1.3 million Department of Labor ...


Pathways program connects high school grads with high-tech jobs:


"We've really just been the conveners in bringing all the groups together," Hart said. "By just getting everybody in the same room and talking to each other, we've been able to problem-solve these innovative ...


Hillbillies who code: the former miners out to put Kentucky on the tech map:


'A hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal,' says Garland Couch, a miner turned coder. His employer's ambition? To turn coal country into 'Silicon Holler' Cassady Rosenblum ...


Career Training Institute (CTI), a private, non-profit organization, was founded in May 1983 to meet the employment needs of women in the community.:


In response to the demands of a changing workforce, CTI's services have since expanded to include all adults, youth, and business enterprises. The Business Resource Center at CTI opened in June 1998 ...


Fed president: Closing the skills gap starts with business leaders:


Leaders need to do their part in closing the skills gap in the US by offering training programs for workers to learn the skills they need to advance and obtain higher paying jobs, writes Rob Kaplan, ...


Missoula mayor pulls workforce study dollars from council agenda :


Intent on "not setting up anyone for failure," Missoula Mayor John Engen pulled a $12,500 request to help finance a workforce study from Monday night's City Council agenda. Whether it returns ...


The City of Missoula agrees to help fund workforce study with the Missoula Economic Partnership:


At the urging of the mayor, members of the Missoula City Council this week agreed to contribute $12,500 to a workforce study to determine the needs of area businesses and how to fill training gaps in ...


Revamped 'Talent Ready Utah' targets Utah's shortage in a talented workforce:


As Utah's economy continues to rank among the strongest in the nation with unemployment near record lows, an existing state program is being overhauled to help provide the workforce necessary to maintain ...


Closing the skills gap: Creating workforce-development programs that work for everyone:


On the one hand, almost 40 percent of American employers say they cannot find people with the skills they need, even for entry-level jobs. Almost 60 percent complain of lack of preparation, even for ...


'How do we replace them?': As skilled workers approach retirement, schools focus more on career training:


The "skills gap" is often highlighted by industry and government officials as the confluence of workers needing more advanced skills to enter trades at the same time there are less people pursuing trades. ...


E-waste recycling effort helps people with disabilities hone job skills:


...founded in 1968 by a group of parents seeking to create a better education experiences for their children, the organization helps people with disabilities obtain training, employment and achieve independence. By ...


Faced with worker shortages, Gallatin Valley manufacturers turn to high schools:


“It’s industry knowledge that the skilled labor shortage is a red flag,” Dixon-Foley said. “We’re finding that we’re having a difficult time finding skilled labor in our area.” For several days in ...


Veterans Invited to Participate in Entrepreneurship Training Program at UM:


Veterans of all eras, service members and their family members are invited to learn the skills to become a small-business owner through the Boots to Business Reboot program, which will come to the University ...


Playbook provides workforce development guidelines:


Across the U.S. people are working to build a more talented, skilled workforce, but often those efforts happen in isolation, separated from larger economic development efforts without engaging community ...


Retraining among solutions to skilled-worker shortage:


Even with plentiful employment available, there are still many who struggle to find suitable long-term career opportunities while well-paying positions remain unfilled. By Jasen Lee@JasenLee1 Full ...


Welding class graduates at Montana Women's Prison in Billings:


Having spent weeks learning to manipulate metal through the application of extreme heat, 10 inmates at the Montana Women's Prison graduated from the prison's introductory welding program last week in ...


The White House's Fix for Robots Stealing Jobs? Education not "universal basic income":


A new report from the White House warns that millions of jobs could be automated out of existence in coming years. But it cautions against one much discussed solution: giving away free money. The report, ...


TED Video: Why haven't machines taken all our jobs yet?:


Here's a paradox you don't hear about: Though machines and computers are constantly being created to do human jobs, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past ...


The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It's Automation.:


Donald J. Trump told workers like Ms. Johnson that he would bring back their jobs by clamping down on trade, offshoring and immigration. But economists say the bigger threat to their jobs has been something ...


47 percent of current employment in the United States has the potential to be automated:


It seems there is almost a daily story on the effect robots and automation will have on the current labor force. Autonomous, self-driving cars and trucks, robot mops and automated pizza delivery vans ...


Grant to help laid off Weyerhaeuser lumber mill workers:


The U.S. Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant award to help Columbia Falls workers affected by Weyerhaeuser lumber mill closing in August. The $225,000 grant will go ...


Older workers get boost from federal training program, but do they get jobs?:


It's formally called the Senior Community Service Employment Program. But its lofty title and mission -- helping unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older get temporary jobs and training ...


Bitterroot College sees spike in students taking career certification programs:


"We are thrilled to get these industry requests for specialized programs." The numbers of students looking for a quick route into the work world continues to climb at the Bitterroot College in Hamilton. The ...


Will we ever be able to retire? Boomers and Gen X-ers are worried.:




Women Will Help Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap:


Realizing that women are an untapped labor pool for manufacturers, several companies are undertaking initiatives to recruit and develop the best female talent. "The younger generations have little ...


The co-op approach to creating a workforce - Collaboration between education and business is essential:


"My real goal is to have hundreds of students taking this kind of experience," Jones said. "Every student should be able to apply what they are learning in the work environment." A co-op is distinct ...


Without Strong Recruitment of Veterans, Clean Energy Companies Miss Out on a Competitive Advantage:


Veterans bring unique strategic and operational skills to companies. Veterans of the last 15 years possess a baseline understanding of energy from their military service. by Michael Baskin ...

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