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How to turn adult education into careers, quickly
NPR
Adults wanting to go back to school have the odds stacked against them. They juggle many responsibilities, there are and often there isn't a connection between what they learn in class and the skills they need to get a job. But a program offered in Washington state has been so successful in getting adult students into the workforce that more than 20 states are. It's called Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, better known as I-BEST.
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Finding the energy to lead
TrainingIndustry.com
Happiness releases passion, and passion creates energy. Leadership is a contact sport. Leadership is personal. Leadership is full time and full service. It takes energy, and "happiness" (perceived abundance and contentment) is the fuel we've been looking for. Current thought seems to suggest that all of us should be able to find happiness and its resultant passion somewhere in our work. Conventional wisdom seems to be that if you aren't satisfied with your labors, and many are not, then you should tap into what you already love and do that for a living. No problem, right?
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New courses stress competency to meet workforce needs
Community College Times
Competency-based education can be valuable in ensuring community colleges provide the right kind of training to get people into the job market quickly with the skills employers need. That's the consensus of higher education leaders at a forum on community colleges and CBE hosted by the New America Foundation and co-sponsored by the foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, Western Governors University and the American Council on Education.
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More effort needed to challenge skills gap, poll finds
Workforce Development
Companies and industries in the U.S. need to devote increased effort into confronting the skills gap, according to data from a recently released survey. CNBC reports that almost 80 percent of the 1,648 hiring managers and human resource managers who partook in the CareerBuilder survey said they are worried about the damaging tendencies of the skills gap. Roughly 40 percent are actually putting effort into challenging the chasm between job openings and potential employees.
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How to be a better learner
U.S. News & World Report
Guitar. French Cuisine. Tai chi. What's something you've been meaning to learn? Roman history. Chinese. How to fly a plane. Why haven't you learned it yet? Not only will learning Chinese help you, well, know Chinese, it'll also likely boost your brain and keep you sharper longer. And the beauty of learning as an adult is that you choose what to learn — no more griping about how you'll never use the Pythagorean theorem in real life.
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How to deliver better training
Administrate
Administrate has assembled a massive collection of tips and resources designed to inform, inspire and elevate your teaching. This collection of select articles, which originally ran throughout 2013. Covering topics like assessment, classroom management, marketing and learning styles.
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Badges: Bridging the higher education and workforce gap
Deborah Everhart
The traditional resume is on its way out and digital badges are emerging as a new way to showcase talent and skill sets. Digital badges can save employers time and money when searching for the right candidate that will make the highest impact on the job.
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More veterans fill the skills gap at US manufacturing plants
CNBC
As a sailor in the U.S. Navy for 29 years, Dave Collins traveled to the far corners of the earth in a submarine: Africa, the Arctic, the southernmost points of South America. When he retired from the military in August, Collins briefly considered the same careers many fellow veterans pursued, including the Defense Department and law enforcement. But after three decades in and on the water, Collins was hungry for a new challenge.
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