Workforce Development

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Tech firm recruits high-school students to prevent local brain drain

Executives hope the students will remember them when they begin their careers.

State of Montana chief economist Barbara Wagner takes a stab at humanizing wage gap

Kathy Boelter, Montana Chamber Foundation president and president of Arrow Solutions Group in Billings, who introduced speakers at the Butte update, said she wants to recruit more women for high-end tech jobs, but that it’s a slow process since most men study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), leading to higher-paying upper-end engineering-type jobs.

Technology – Getting up to code in Montana with Code Montana

Modeled after successful coding boot camps in San Francisco and New York, the Montana program will offer a "zero-to-60 mph" intensive learning environment in which students acquire the skills necessary to become employable junior web developers over the span of 12 weeks.

Coalition explores how to train workers for 21st century jobs

"There are (similar) coalitions in many parts of the country but this is the first real effort to have coalitions come together, meet and work with each other to learn best practices," said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. "Different regions may be focused on different sectors, but learning how each is approaching their problems will help."

Montana Code School to Launch in Missoula, Montana – Become an employable software developer in just 13 weeks

Employers: Get first access to quality program graduates ready for work

How States Are Confronting High Long-Term Unemployment

In recent years, workforce agencies have explored a variety of approaches in helping these workers.

Starbucks-led coalition commits to hiring 100,000 disconnected youth

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which launches Monday, aims to give a leg up to some of the estimated 5.5 million Americans, ages 16 to 24, who aren’t employed or in school. Demographers and economists refer to the group as "disconnected youth."

A tsunami of unemployment is about to hit

Policy makers will have a big new problem to deal with: the disappearance of human jobs.

The biggest and most disruptive layoffs in America are coming from the military

The Army has already discharged 80,000 troops. The next 40,000 will be harder, especially for the communities that depend on them.

Colorado’s community colleges put a badge on workforce development

"Developing these badges gives us a tremendous opportunity to partner with business and industry and grow the workforce and the economy."