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New dean sets goal for Colorado University's College of Engineering: 50% female undergrads in 5 years:


Bobby Braun, the new dean of the University of Colorado's College of Engineering and Applied Science, thinks his school is the best kept secret on the Boulder campus -- and he's doing everything short ...


Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative:


On behalf of the Western Governors' Association, I am writing to provide you with some information regarding the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative. As WGA's Chair in 2017-18, ...


Don't wait for the government to bring you skilled workers:


Apprenticeships have been receiving extensive news coverage lately. Most recently, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to encourage "more affordable pathways to secure high-paying ...


Coding culture: Native American skills needed in technology sector:


There aren't enough Native Americans in the technology sector right now, said Cory Cornelius, a research scientist for Intel Labs and enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Volunteers ...


WWAMI medical students must work in Montana or pay higher fees:


Starting next year, Montana medical students entering the WWAMI doctor-training program will have to either promise to work in the state for three years or else pay $31,000 in higher fees. The new ...


A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree:


"I got one big break," he said. "That's what I needed." Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. ...


Guest opinion from John Cech: Montana's workforce innovators:


Thousands of students and hundreds of employers in Montana received national honors last week at a White House summit on innovative workforce development and apprenticeship training. Montana was one of ...


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One Utah idea to train workers of the future: Kids as tech support in their own schools:


Utah kids need tech skills. Utah school districts need tech support. In a match funded by the state, the Millard School District will create a way for students in 11 districts to gain experience in ...


Governor Bullock Announces New Accounting Technology Apprenticeship Program:


Program to help build career pathways for Montana's future workforce and fill jobs for businesses Governor Steve Bullock today announced that the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Job Service ...


Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development Finance Information: Proposed Changes to BSTF/WTG Guidelines; FY18 WTG Applications:


MOTBD Finance program updates On June 29, the Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed changes to the 2019 Biennium Guidelines for the Big Sky Economic Development Trust ...


MSU Troops to Teachers regional program receives federal grant to reinstate services:


A Montana State University program that for more than 10 years has assisted veterans who are interested in becoming certified teachers has received a federal grant to continue its services. By MSU ...


You're Hired? Can German-inspired apprenticeship programs help build the workforce in the U.S.:


Leading off with a poignant and timely take is Brookings nonresident senior fellow Susan Helper, who asks the question: can President Trump be the person to take apprenticeships to scale? Helper, noting ...


Governor Bullock Highlights Tax Incentive for Montana Businesses to Grow and Create Jobs:


Bullock holds ceremonial bill signing for apprenticeship tax credit Montana Governor Steve Bullock today held a ceremonial bill signing in Great Falls for his apprenticeship tax credit (HB 308) to ...


NBC News Video - For Siemens and Other Companies, Apprentice Programs Seen as Alternative to College:


When Siemens wanted to find U.S. workers to build gas turbines, only 15 percent of those who applied had the skills needed. To bridge the skills gap, the company started an apprentice program ...


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 ...

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