Workforce Development News – Sept. 24, 2012

By on September 24, 2012
Ways to Get People to Change

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STLCC Receives $15 Million to Innovate Manufacturing Workforce Training in Missouri

St. Louis Community College was awarded $15 million to create a new approach to worker training that will benefit more than 3,300 Missourians who are unemployed, underemployed or require additional technical training for high-demand careers. STLCC will receive $4 million, the largest portion of the grant, for local training programs and statewide grant administration, with the remaining amount allocated to partner institutions which are part of a consortium of community colleges and other training institutions — Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks (or MoManufacturingWINs) — which focuses on preparing workers for careers in modern manufacturing, including production, industrial maintenance, welding and machining.

Ten Ways to Get People to Change

“How do you get leaders, employees, customers — and even yourself — to change behaviors? Executives can change strategy, products and processes until they’re blue in the face, but real change doesn’t take hold until people actually change what they do.”

Why the Jobs Problem Is Not Going Away

“The recovery from the Great Recession has been sluggish, no doubt, but if economies keep adding jobs, slowly but surely, then we’ll be good to go, right? Two long-term trends — ageing workforces and declining birth rates — could stunt growth in advanced economies for decades to come.”

Social Pressure Is a Better Motivator Than Money

“So if financial incentives aren’t a big lever, where can leaders look to increase motivation? There is a simple way that is often overlooked: Moving beyond the ‘market contract’ with employees and forging a stronger ‘social contract’.”

Get Complainers Off Your Back: 5 Tricks

“Use this sure-fire method to turn workplace whiners back into productive team members.”

Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.

“Getting a Bachelor’s degree is the best way for most workers to make middle-class wages. In this report, however, we show there are 29 million jobs (21% of all jobs) for workers without Bachelor’s degrees. The report also details five major sub-baccalaureate, career and technical education (CTE) pathways: employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associates degrees.”

Occupation Report: Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

“Everyone’s always searching for new, emerging, and soon-to-be essential occupations. And when it comes to health care, America’s fastest-growing industry sector, medical records and health information technicians — a key healthcare IT occupation — sits pretty near the top.”

Workforce Solutions Group to Sponsor Healthcare & Manufacturing Industry-Specific Workshops

Insights into the healthcare and manufacturing industries will be the topics for discussion at two workshops sponsored by St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group. The first workshop, focusing on the healthcare industry, is slated for 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 3, at STLCC’s Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton. Speakers include Mary Becker, senior vice president of the Missouri Hospital Association; Laura Lester of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC); and Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions. The second workshop, focusing on manufacturing, will be 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Center for Workforce Innovation at 3344 Pershall Road, adjacent to STLCC’s Florissant Valley campus. Speakers include Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute, the educational arm of the National Association of Manufacturers; and Alan Spell of MERIC. Registration for each workshop is $49. To register, contact the STLCC Continuing Education at 314-984-7777.

7 Things Customers Want Most From You

“It’s not just about your product or service. Customers want you to be the type of person they can trust to get the job done.”

Why Ignoring Social Media Complaints Is a Huge Mistake

“It amazes me that even in today’s social media savvy business environment there are still big companies that fail to engage with their customers, particularly customers that are frustrated and unhappy. In fact, a variety of research shows that ignoring those customers is the worst possible strategy.”

Infographic: Unemployment And Your College Major

“This analysis of 173 majors shows the top and bottom 15 majors in terms of unemployment rates.”

Are You Hurting Your Own Cause?

“Why don’t they get it? Sometimes, when you care passionately about something and know you’re right, it can be downright painful to sit back while your colleagues debate the obvious, dither about decision-making, and otherwise miss the point. It’s tempting to force the issue; but even if your certitude is warranted, you may want to think twice before applying more pressure or turning up the volume: it’s remarkably easy to hurt your own cause. Here are five traps even the best of us can fall into:”

Best Way to Introduce Yourself

“Who is the most important audience? Hint: It’s not the people you meet.”

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – Woodrow Wilson

About Richard Schumacher

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 has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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