Workforce Development News – Sept. 6, 2011

By on September 6, 2011
Grand Opening of Center for Workforce Innovation

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STLCC Conducts Grand Opening of Center for Workforce Innovation

More than 200 guests joined STLCC representatives, elected officials, industry partners and community leaders Aug. 29 to dedicate and tour the college’s new Center for Workforce at 3344 Pershall Road. “Fundamentally, we are here because we share a belief – that education is our common stake in the future,” said Melissa Hattman, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees. “This state-of-the-art facility reflects our vision for the future, and strengthens our institutional commitment to access, flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of our students and the community.”
http://aerospace.stlcc.edu/2011/stlcc-conducts-grand-opening-center-workforce-innovation/

NDIA St. Louis STEM Workforce: A Strategic Imperative

Join us for the next NDIA St. Louis chapter meeting, September 19, 2011, for a discussion on a timely and exciting topic: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce initiatives. You’ll learn about current STEM programs in the St. Louis region and how to make stronger connections with these initiatives. Hear from distinguished guest speaker Dr. Irving McPhail, President & CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. McPhail, a nationally recognized leader on STEM education, will be joined by a panel of local STEM education leaders. Don’t miss this chance to learn about STEM workforce initiatives, and how you can partner with NDIA on local/regional opportunities to encourage young people to pursue STEM training and careers. Program: 4:30-6 p.m.; Networking/Open House: 3-4:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Center for Workforce Innovation, 3344 Pershall Road, St. Louis, MO 63135. $25 per person (proceeds go to STLCC Foundation for STEM scholarships). Register online: www.slcec.com/STEM.html
http://www.ndiastl.org/events/ndia-st-louis-stem-workforce-a-strategic-imperative/

Manufacturing a Recovery

“The United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. To make our economy grow, sell more goods to the world and replenish the work force, we need to restore manufacturing — not the assembly-line jobs of the past, but the high-tech advanced manufacturing of the future.” This requires STEM, innovation, and investment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/opinion/manufacturing-a-recovery.html?_r=1

Why 2-Year Degrees Can Earn You More Than 4-Year Degrees

“While one study after the next continues to accumulate evidence that over the course of a career workers who have college degrees can expect to earn substantially more than those who do not, every rule has exceptions. But in many cases, earning power is more a function of occupation than degree level. Indeed, some 28 percent of associate’s degree-holders can expect to earn as much as—or more—over the course of a career than their counterparts who earned a bachelor’s degree.” Learn about 5 two-year degrees that outpace 4-year degree salaries.
http://www.schools.com/articles/georgetown-report-why-2-year-degrees-earn-more-than-4-year-degrees.html

10 Mistakes Job Interviewers Make

“Hiring someone onto your team is one of the most important decisions managers make, but it’s easy to flub it if you aren’t trained and prepared for interviewing. Here are the 10 most common mistakes that job interviewers make in the interview process.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/08/29/10-mistakes-job-interviewers-make

5 Questions to Ask in a Big Idea Meeting

“In meetings where new ideas are on the table, the quality of the questions have a huge impact on the quality of the answers. Here are five questions that increase the quality of the dialogue, focus the minds of the attendees, and increase the potential of real traction during important meetings:”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/smb-sales-advice/5-questions-to-ask-in-a-big-idea-meeting/445

The Irony of High Unemployment and Candidate Shortages

“The reality is, that even within hard-hit industries, certain job skills are still in high demand. While there are no easy, or one-size-fits-all solutions… If you find yourself struggling to find your next position, here are some ideas…”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/08/the-irony-of-high-unemployment-and-candidate-shortages.html

Infographic: Workplace Incentives: How Are Companies Keeping Their Talent?

http://bit.ly/o7J4VN

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

“As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value. Just three-in-ten American adults (29%) say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom. By contrast, about half of college presidents (51%) say online courses provide the same value. More than three-quarters of college presidents (77%) report that their institutions now offer online courses, and college presidents predict substantial growth in online learning: 15% say most of their current undergraduate students have taken a class online, 50% predict that ten years from now most of their students will take classes online.”
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/College-presidents.aspx

Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

4 Biggest Lies About Social Media

“You cannot have social media goals. It’s like having copy machine goals. The copy machine is a business tool, and if you need it, it’s there to help you meet one of your business goals. Treat social media the same way.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/startup-tips/4-biggest-lies-about-social-media/192

4 Tips for Writing an Interview-Winning Cover Letter

“As we all know, when in the midst of a job search, writing a great resume is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s just as important to create a cover letter that will entice hiring managers to invite you in for an interview. In this competitive job market, your cover letter needs to be more impressive than ever. So if you’re in the process of writing yours, here are four tips to help you win that interview:”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/08/4-tips-for-writing-an-interview-winning-cover-letter.html

PowerPoint Skills Builder — Tips, Tricks and Examples

“From enhancing your slides with photos and videos to broadcasting them on the web — get the skills you need with this video training series.”
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/powerpoint-skills-builder-FX102718701.aspx

NOAA Accurately Predicted Irene’s Path 4 Days in Advance

Four days before Hurricane Irene struck eastern North Carolina, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center accurately projected the storm’s path. This satellite animation shows Irene’s progress and how it followed the National Hurricane Center’s track.
http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/MediaDetail.php?MediaID=821&MediaTypeID=2
Hurricane Irene from start to finish
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/08/30/hurricane-irene-from-start-to-finish/

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein

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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