Archive for February, 2012

Job Corps’ Commitment to Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

Filed in Education, Jobs by on February 28, 2012 1 Comment
Job Corps’ Commitment to Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

This is my inaugural post for the year and I’m excited to get to discuss issues that are important to the Job Corps program and the young people we serve.  With Job Corps providing thousands of students with education and training at 125 Job Corps centers nationwide, there is no shortage of interesting topics, success […]

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OLMS Improves Electronic Filing

Filed in DOL by on February 28, 2012 3 Comments

Electronic filing for LM-3 and LM-4 filers is now easier and more convenient than ever.  Since 2004, Form LM-2 filers (unions with $250,000 or more in annual receipts) have been required to file their annual report electronically. Electronic filing has been and still is an option for Form LM-3 and LM-4 filers.  Until recently however, […]

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Community Colleges Ensuring Students Are Work-Ready

Community Colleges Ensuring Students Are Work-Ready

This week, Secretary Solis and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice-President and a community college professor, are on a tour of community colleges in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.  They’re highlighting President Obama’s proposal to create an $8 billion Community College to Career Fund (CC2C) that will help fulfill the President’s goal […]

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A New Generation of Nurses

A New Generation of Nurses

We just saw the great things happening in Cincinnati to train up our next generation of nurses. The average age of the registered nurse is climbing. There are more nurses in their 50s right now than any other age range. They account for almost one-quarter of our nursing workforce. So it’s critical that we prepare […]

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BioOhio—Oh My-o!

BioOhio—Oh My-o!

Dr. Biden and I just visited DG Medical in Centerville, Ohio, to hear about the incredible BioOhio Workforce development partnership that is helping community colleges like Sinclair Community College prepare Ohioans for jobs in the growing biomedical manufacturing industry. Sinclair is working with former GM/Delphi employees and other dislocated workers to get retraining to perform […]

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CC2C: The Road to Recovery

CC2C: The Road to Recovery

As our nation’s economic recovery continues to pick up steam with 3.7 million new jobs added over the last 23 months, America has a powerful secret weapon that can help us fast-track thousands of Ohioans back into meaningful employment in short order: smart investments in our community college system. While the national 8.3 percent unemployment […]

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Some Savings Tips and Our Boston Forum for Women

Filed in Women by on February 22, 2012 2 Comments

The following is a cross-post from the America Saves blog, marking America Saves Week. http://americasaves.org/blog/353-some-savings-tips-and-our-boston-forum-for-women In life, there are some simple bits of wisdom that become so familiar many of us risk overlooking them. When it comes to savings, “Set a goal, and then make a plan and stick to it,” is certainly one of […]

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Daily Gifts of Service

Filed in Workplace Rights by on February 21, 2012 3 Comments

In-home caregivers provide a vital service by assisting their clients with day-to-day tasks. Sometimes that service translates into acts of heroism, as Gilda Brown discovered one day when her client summoned her to ask if she smelled something burning. When Brown went to investigate, she found the client’s furnace in flames. The client was physically […]

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A Community College-Employer Partnership Leading the Way to 21st Century Jobs

Filed in DOL by on February 13, 2012 10 Comments
A Community College-Employer Partnership Leading the Way to 21st Century Jobs

In his State of the Union address a few weeks ago, President Obama issued a challenge to train 2 million Americans and place them in middle-class careers through community college-employer partnerships. I saw first-hand what can be accomplished if we meet the President’s challenge during a trip to Asheville, North Carolina last week. Asheville-Buncombe Technical […]

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Unemployment Drops but Participation Remains Unchanged

Filed in Jobs, Unemployment by on February 6, 2012 7 Comments
Unemployment Drops but Participation Remains Unchanged

The jobs report on Friday showed a decline in the unemployment rate from 8.5 percent in December to 8.3 percent in January.   With this decline, the unemployment rate has now fallen 0.8 percentage points over the past five months.   An encouraging piece of news is that this is due to people going into jobs and […]

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