Workforce Development News – Nov. 2, 2015

By on November 2, 2015
Community Colleges: Affordable, Practical, and Increasingly Popular

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Graduates of 4-Year Universities Flock to Community Colleges for Job Skills

“As many as 1 in 5 community college students already have bachelor’s degrees.”
http://www.usnews.com/news/college-of-tomorrow/articles/2015/10/28/graduates-of-4-year-universities-flock-to-community-colleges-for-job-skills

What We Know About the 92 Million Americans Who Aren’t in the Labor Force

“The decline in the labor-force participation rate defies simple explanation. But that’s not the same as saying it’s unexplained. In fact, it’s just that many things have been happening at once.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/10/21/what-we-know-about-the-92-million-americans-who-arent-in-the-labor-force/

Learning While Earning: The New Normal

“Over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled. These 14 million college students face the challenge of balancing work, school and other life priorities.”
https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/workinglearners/

Community Colleges: Affordable, Practical, and Increasingly Popular

“Community colleges have long operated in the shadows of more expensive, elite four-year colleges, but worries about the cost of college are now drawing students to these two-year programs. A new survey shows Americans believe strongly that community colleges are essential to providing families with opportunities.”
http://blogs.wgbh.org/on-campus/2015/10/25/community-colleges-affordable-practical-and-increasingly-popular/

The Mystery of the Vanishing Pay Raise

“The economy is up, but pay is not.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/sunday-review/the-mystery-of-the-vanishing-pay-raise.html

17 Ways Great Leaders Motivate Their People

“It’s hard to be a great leader if you constantly demotivate your followers. Here is how the best leaders encourage their teams.”
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/17-ways-great-leaders-motivate-their-people.html

4 Ways Leaders Fritter Their Power Away

“The way to make good things happen is by embracing your influence, not fearing it”
https://hbr.org/2015/10/4-ways-leaders-fritter-their-power-away

Technology Device Ownership: 2015

“68% of Americans have smartphones; 45% have tablet computers. Ownership of other digital devices has not grown in recent years.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/10/29/technology-device-ownership-2015/

Your 4-Step Plan to Answering “Tell Me About Yourself” Perfectly

“How can I possibly provide an overview of my entire professional life, highlight the attributes that make me a good fit for the job, and come across as personable—all in three minutes or less?”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/your-4step-plan-to-answering-tell-me-about-yourself-perfectly

100 Things Ridiculously Unprofessional People Can’t Stop Saying

“Others judge you by what you say – even when you don’t realize it. Here’s the definitive list of the words and phrases you need to banish from your vocabulary.”
http://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/100-things-unprofessional-people-cant-stop-saying.html

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

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 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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