Skills Gap Articles

Viewpoint: Fueling the biotech boom and bridging educational gaps

Biotechnology is not just another industry; it’s a transformative force that has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, agriculture and even our approach to combating climate change. In recent years, North San Diego County has emerged as a rapidly expanding bioscience hub, attracting some of the most innovative firms in the biotech sector. However, this industry’s […]

Apprenticeship program hits a milestone

Wake Technical Community College just celebrated its 100th employer partner in the WakeWorks Apprenticeship program. The college recognized the accomplishment and the new partner – The Tennie Group LLC – during National Apprenticeship Week. WakeWorks, now in its third year, is a partnership between Wake Tech and Wake County to address the county’s shortage of […]

Promising practices in outreach, recruitment for STEM

Ask any 12-year-old girl what she wants to be when she grows up and she most likely will say a doctor, teacher or veterinarian. “They want to help people,” explained Pamela Silvers, a co-principal investigator of Mentor-Connect. But most colleges promote their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to prospective students with the promise […]

Illinois college and partners address early childhood workers shortage

Oakton College, the City of Evanston and Evanston community organizations are partnering to address a workforce shortage of early childhood educators in Evanston by creating a unique program that combines English as a Second Language (ESL) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) training. Launched at the beginning of summer, the pilot ESL/ECE program creates a solution […]

Creating an international nursing pathway

Alamo Colleges District and Tecmilenio are launching the “The International Nursing Pathway by Alamo Colleges District and Tecmilenio.” This pathway is a groundbreaking cross-border collaboration between the educational institutions, designed to train qualified nurses from Mexico and Latin America and prepare them to take the NCLEX exam. The self-directed educational program will empower bilingual nurses […]

A labor of love

The future site of Matt’s Cash and Carry will have a story to tell about how South Texas College (STC) students came forward to help rebuild following a terrible disaster that left a family-owned business in smoldering ruins. Students with STC’s construction technician and construction supervision programs have begun work on creating and assembling all […]

A new pathway into manufacturing

Madison College in August announced its Invitation to Manufacturing training program, a free eight-week training program created and designed to help people gain the skills needed to begin a career in manufacturing. Funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the program was developed in collaboration with the Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin, community-based […]

Paving the road of the EV ecosystem

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is pairing with industry and state agencies to lead the advancement of Michigan’s electric vehicle ecosystem, offering three new programs to train students for high demand, high-wage jobs. Within the coming year, the college will launch certificate programs to prepare workers for emerging positions in the industry: Electric Vehicle Charging Station […]

Tapping powerful labor market information for agility

In 2020, after more than 200 years, the Remington Arms factory in Ilion, New York, shut its doors, and nearly 250 mainly skilled labor employees without college degrees were let go. But fortunately, Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), located within 50 miles of the plant, stepped in to help retrain roughly 150 employees to begin […]

Next cohort of colleges selected for MentorLinks

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has announced a new cohort for the MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MentorLinks initiative pairs experienced community college mentors with extensive experience in planning and implementing advanced technology programs with colleges seeking support to build, strengthen, and sustain new […]