Education

The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

Filed in Disabilities, Education by on January 29, 2015 3 Comments
The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

The author Alex Haley once wrote that family is a “bridge to our future.” And thinking about my own transition to adulthood, I couldn’t agree more. During my elementary and high school years, my parents were definitely along for the ride. They didn’t attend class with me, of course, but they played an active and engaged […]

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Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

Working Together and Imploding Stovepipes

            “The challenges confronting people who want to punch their ticket to the middle class, and businesses that want to grow, entail for [their] effective and sustainable resolution unprecedented levels of interagency collaboration.”              — Secretary Tom Perez, November 3, 2014 When people have problems, they don’t have Labor Department […]

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Job Corps: The Essence of Good Government

Filed in DOL, Education, Job Corps, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on October 27, 2014 0 Comments
Job Corps: The Essence of Good Government

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and urged all of America to join him in working to end poverty in the United States. For decades since, slowly but surely, this national War on Poverty has been making a difference in improving the lives of Americans. If you include the social safety net […]

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Connecting High School Students with STEM Careers

Connecting High School Students with STEM Careers

Editor’s note: The following guest post is authored by Assistant Director of Toledo Technology Academy David Volk. Secretary Perez recently visited Toledo and met Mr. Volk to discuss how TTA, a recent Youth CareerConnect grant recipient, is equipping young people with the skills they need to get on the pathway to a successful career. I’d be […]

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Partnering to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers

Partnering to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers

Making sure our high school students are college and career-ready is major focus of President Obama’s jobs-driven training agenda, and is also central his goal for the United States to lead the world in college completion by 2020. That’s why, as we prepare for the upcoming school year, the departments of Education, Health and Human […]

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Staying Healthy With EBSA

Filed in DOL, Education, Retirement, Workforce Investment by on April 24, 2014 0 Comments
Staying Healthy With EBSA

True or false: The best way to enjoy potato salad is after it sits in a hot car for a few days. If you think that sounds like a bad idea, you’re right. And if you think it sounds like an easy question – well, you’re right about that too. Some health questions are easy […]

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Celebrate National Minority Health Month with Job Corps

Filed in Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on April 23, 2014 0 Comments
Celebrate National Minority Health Month with Job Corps

This April, Job Corps celebrates National Minority Health month, with this year’s theme “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity,” and its goal of raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. The goal that everyone in America should have the chance to live a healthy life, regardless […]

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A “Golden Ticket” – Expanding Apprenticeships to Create Opportunity

A “Golden Ticket” – Expanding Apprenticeships to Create Opportunity

On a trip to the West Coast last week, I toured the Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facility run jointly by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 and the San Francisco Electrical Contractors Association. They offer a 5-year program where apprentices get extensive classroom instruction on electrical theory, helping them answer some of most complicated circuitry […]

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The Benefits of Striking Out

Filed in Disabilities, Education by on February 15, 2014 1 Comment
The Benefits of Striking Out

In 1923, Babe Ruth batted his way into baseball history by breaking the record for the most home runs in a season. But there’s another, less-often cited record he also broke that year:  he struck out more than any other player. Conventional wisdom says he achieved the former because he wasn’t afraid of the latter. […]

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Apprenticeship 101: Earn While You Learn

Filed in Apprenticeship, DOL, Education, Jobs, Workforce Development by on January 28, 2014 13 Comments
Apprenticeship 101: Earn While You Learn

How would you like to receive a paycheck while being trained in a high-skill occupation that has a starting salary around $50,000? If that sounds appealing, you might want to consider participating in a Registered Apprenticeship program. What is an apprenticeship? Most Americans are familiar with the concept of an apprenticeship: the apprentice, or trainee, […]

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