Workforce Development News – April 2, 2012

By on April 2, 2012
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STLCC/SLU Brownfields Job Training Program Recognized for Nation’s Highest Placement Rate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 presented a special award to the St. Louis Brownfields Job Training program, administered by St. Louis Community College and Saint Louis University, for achieving the highest placement rate nationally. The “Outstanding Leadership Award in Brownfields Job Training Placement” was presented March 19 during a roundtable event hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize and share the success of the local program. The St. Louis Brownfields Job Training program is administered by STLCC’s Workforce Solutions Group in partnership with Saint Louis University’s Center for Environmental Education and Training.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/stlcc-slu-brownfields-job-training-program-recognized/

The One Skill All Leaders Should Work On

“This skill has the power to magnify so many other leadership strengths. Here are some specific ways it complements a wide range of the critical leadership skills you may already have:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/the_one_skill_all_leaders_shou.html

The 9 Elements of Highly Effective Employee Praise

“Effective employee recognition is mostly art, not science. That’s why most formal recognition programs never deliver what they promise: It’s easy for employees to spot an insincere, ‘we need to put something in place’ recognition program. So don’t worry about creating a program. Just follow these tips to give your employees the recognition they deserve:”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/the-9-elements-of-highly-effective-employee-praise.html

6 Tips for Making Better Decisions

“The one thing everyone on the planet has in common is the undeniable fact we’ve all made our fair share of regrettable decisions. Making sound decisions is a skill set that needs to be developed like any other.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemyatt/2012/03/28/6-tips-for-making-better-decisions/

What’s More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College

“There is a cost to not educating young people.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/03/whats-more-expensive-than-college-not-going-to-college/255073/

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

“You’re the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the strategic leader your company needs.”
http://www.inc.com/paul-schoemaker/6-Habits-of-Strategic-Thinkers.html

MetroMonitor: Economic Recovery in St. Louis

“This profile tracks recent economic performance in the St. Louis metropolitan area compared to America’s 100 largest metro areas and the nation through the fourth quarter of 2011.”
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/Programs/Metro/metro_monitor/metro_profiles/2012_03_profiles/41180.pdf

6 Tips for Becoming an Irreplaceable Employee

“Commonly, jobs are threatened because a business gets into trouble even though the economy may be in good shape, but even a prosperous business may need to lay off workers. Whatever the reason for the layoffs, you may be able to hang onto your job if you’re irreplaceable. You need to be so vital to the business that it can’t go on without you. Here are six tips for becoming an irreplaceable worker:”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/on-the-job/6-tips-for-becoming-an-irreplaceable-employee/

The One Question That Kills A Good Interview And Reveals Absolutely Nothing

“I was in a job interview last week that was going well. I was connecting with my interviewers, I’d done my research on the position, and the job sounded like it would be a good fit. Then came the killer question:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeswomanfiles/2012/03/21/the-one-question-that-kills-a-good-interview-and-reveals-absolutely-nothing/

It’s Not a Job Search, It’s a Permanent Campaign

“Regular professionals are now expected to perform round-the-clock personal brand maintenance, and most people don’t even realize it.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/its_not_a_job_search_-_its_a_p.html

Lumina Foundation Report: A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education

“Available evidence suggests that our nation’s inability to match jobs to people with the right skills is a major factor in explaining why employment rates have not increased as quickly as they should have in the economic recovery. This report offers detailed data arrays that describe degree attainment at the national, state and county levels. Also this year, the report provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan areas.”
http://www.luminafoundation.org/states_landing/a_stronger_nation_through_education/
Missouri Report: http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/state_data/2012/Missouri-2012.pdf

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter F. Drucker

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Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and 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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