Workforce Development News – Oct. 24, 2011

By on October 24, 2011
Karin Fowler discusses the Business Technology Training (BTT) program

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Business Technology Training (BTT) Program Video

The Business Technology Training (BTT) program is an accelerated 10-week certificate program offering diverse adult-learners the advanced technical and business skills necessary to differentiate yourself in today’s competitive job market. BTT combines technology training in Microsoft Office applications with business side training in management principles, strategic planning, leadership influence, emotional intelligence, networking techniques, and personal career development. With the successful completion of the BTT Program, trainees have the opportunity to receive eight credit hours when enrolled in St. Louis Community College toward an AA degree or Certification in Microcomputer Applications. For additional information, please contact Karin Fowler at 314-746-0872 or visit www.stlcc.edu/MET. (YouTube 3:21).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGuDnwyryRM

The Great Recession

“The Great Recession has touched virtually every American. This Pew Research Center series of survey-based reports documents how the downturn shrank paychecks, shattered budgets, drained savings accounts, changed spending and borrowing habits and pushed long-term unemployment to historic levels.”
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/series/the-great-recession/

Interactive Map: Job Growth Through 2017

Which states are expected to see employment expansion through 2017?
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/10/20/which-states-are-poised-for-jobs-growth/tab/interactive/

Moving from Transaction to Engagement

“Mobile enterprise, social business, cloud computing, advanced analytics, and unified communications are converging. Armed with the art of the possible, innovators are seeking to apply disruptive consumer technologies to enterprise class uses — call it the consumerization of IT in the enterprise. Here are nine characteristics of engagement systems that differ from the transactional systems of yesteryear:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/moving_from_transaction_to_eng.html

InfoGraphic: The Unprepared Nation

“One-third of today’s college students require remediation. Of those students, half will never receive a college degree. Clearly, something isn’t working. This infographic lays out the state of college readiness in the U.S., and explains why being prepared for college matters now more than ever.”
http://www.knewton.com/college-readiness/infographic/

Manufacturing Institute 2011 Skills Gap Report

The hardest jobs to fill are those with the biggest impact on performance and the skills gap is expected to take the biggest toll on skilled production jobs, and will likely widen as time passes.
http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Research/Skills-Gap-in-Manufacturing/2011-Skills-Gap-Report/2011-Skills-Gap-Report.aspx

Simple Ways to Increase Productivity by 5% — In One Day

“Want to dramatically improve your employee’s performance without spending any money? Want to dramatically improve your own performance without taking classes, attending seminars, or buying cool new gadgets that promise lots but deliver little? It’s easier than you think.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/small-biz-advice/simple-ways-to-increase-productivity-by-5-8212-in-one-day/4860

Recession-Proof Yourself

“Is there anything you can do to keep your current position secure? No, but there’s plenty you can do to make yourself a valuable employee (worth keeping) or an attractive candidate (worth hiring) if you find yourself out of a job.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/10/recession-proof-yourself.html

The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow

“In September, the number of underemployed workers rose for the third consecutive month, by almost a half of a million people. Almost 9.3 million Americans are considered underemployed, defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as working part-time for economic reasons, such as unfavorable business conditions or seasonal declines in demand.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2011/10/19/the-ranks-of-the-underemployed-continue-to-grow

20 Best Jobs For Fast Growth

“If you’re stalled or burned out, these fast-growing fields (with relatively low barriers to entry) can help you earn more, get ahead and put life back into your career.”
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/10/17/best-jobs-for-fast-growth/

Ten Things Only Bad Managers Say

“Helpful, encouraging, and trust-based words and phrases don’t occur to bad managers. Here are ten of the most heinous, bad-manager warhorse sayings.”
http://www.businessweek.com/management/ten-things-only-bad-managers-say-09232011.html

5 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Affect Your Business

How much time do Americans spend on social media vs. e-mail? What percentage of social networks purchase online? What percentage write product and service reviews?
http://www.bnet.com/blog/businesstips/5-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-affect-your-business/12590

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

About Richard Schumacher

Richard is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has over 25 years experience in technology, instructional design, eLearning, training, web content, IT consulting, and business performance improvement solutions. Richard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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