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January 2008

Lack of qualified employees concerns small-business owners
Milwaukee Business Journal (01/11/08)
For years, soaring health care costs have been the No. 1 issue for Milwaukee-area small businesses. But a new survey of the board members of the Milwaukee Council of Small Business Executives revealed that work force training and recruiting have overtaken health care costs as the most pressing issue facing their businesses.

Editorial: Unfair suspensions leave workers idling
JS Online (01/19/08)
Revoking or suspending driver's licenses in Wisconsin has made it all that much harder for low-income residents to obtain and retain employment.

Milwaukee job growth slowing
JS Online (01/23/08)
Unemployment rate rises to 4.7% in metro area

Central city economy improving
Milwaukee Business Journal (01/25/08)
Businesses anticipate growth, GMC study finds

Milwaukee 7 impact questioned
Milwaukee Business Journal (01/25/08)
Top business executives and developers are increasingly frustrated with what they consider a lack of public policy and leadership in economic development for southeast Wisconsin and some are pointing the finger at the Milwaukee 7 Economic Development Council.

Insurer plans to add 400 agents in Wisconsin
JS Online (01/28/08)
Farmers Group predicts push could create 1,000 new jobs

February 2008

Buford takes 'big steps' to success
Milwaukee Business Journal (02/01/08)
In many circles, Earl Buford is known for his personal mission of creating opportunities and helping others.

Engrained in him early on by his hard-working father, Buford said his father still asks "how am I helping, how am I contributing to the community?"

Welding program isn't seamless
JS Online (02/03/08)
One year ago, Tramont Corp. was the paragon of workforce development. After turning down millions of dollars worth of business for lack of workers in mid-2006, the Milwaukee maker of generator equipment formed a collaborative effort that took 14 people receiving public assistance and turned them into certified welders.

CEOs are a big part of GE's output
JS Online (02/09/08)
Trained, talented managers pilot exciting new firms in Wisconsin


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United Way job training funds up; Employment grants are boosted 34%
JS Online (7/27/07)
Job training is one piece of the non-profit's "breaking the cycle of poverty" strategy. All the programs are aimed at residents of the central city's 42 "extreme poverty" neighborhoods - those tracts where more than 40% of residents live at or below the federal poverty line.

The Capitol Times (7/14/07)
The state will not appeal a Wisconsin Court of Appeals' June 19 ruling on two cases involving the Wisconsin Works (W-2) employment program, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman said.

High School Not Enough for Wisconsin Workers or Potential Employers
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (7/11/07)
According to a report released by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, higher education officials and legislative leaders can take a number of specific steps that will help more Wisconsin workers and employers compete in the increasingly knowledge-based economy. Research in the report shows that there is a “tipping point” where education and training levels achieved bring a significant labor market payoff.

Labor Department Report Illuminates FMLA Challenges
Workforce Management (7/12/07)
While the report says FMLA works well for leaves related to childbirth, adoption and acute illnesses in families, employers have serious difficulties managing intermittent leave and definitions of what constitutes a serious health condition.

Teacher improvement criticized
JS Online (7/6/07)
The National Council on Teacher Quality gave Wisconsin a report card that had one C, three D's and two F's in six aspects of policies related to teaching, and it was generally critical of a revamped system for licensing teachers launched by the state Department of Public Instruction over the last several years.

CEO stays short term
Randall to help for 6 months as city takes over control
-JSOnline (6/29/07)
The board of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County voted Thursday to keep its president and CEO, Gerard Randall, for the next six months as an "assistant CEO" during the work force development agency's transition from county to city control.

Job Agency Change in Works For Two Years
CEO Randall resisted retooling from start
-JSOnline (6/27/07)
Gerard Randall's days as president and CEO of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County have been numbered since February.That's when Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett asked to take over from the county the responsibility for work-force development, and for the millions of federal employment and training dollars that come with it. He made it clear he wanted to retool, beef up current efforts and make a change at the top. But the change had been under way for about two years.

Mayor Lays Down Ultimatum for Changes at Top of PIC
If Barrett's pick not named CEO, city will utilize new work-force agency
-JSOnline (6/21/07)
Mayor Tom Barrett has told the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County that unless it replaces Gerard Randall as its president and chief executive officer, he will form his own work-force development agency and board come July 1. That's the date that the city and the mayor assume authority over the $14 million in mostly federal funding for job training that has been managed by the county and the Private Industry Council.

ETA Announces 'WIRED' Initiative's Third Generation of Regions
12 counties in south-central Wisconsin awarded $5 Million
-US Department of Labor(6/19/07)
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the awarding of up to $65 million to 13 regions that competed successfully to become the 3rd generation of the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development’s (WIRED) Initiative. The South-Central Wisconsin Region joins the Regional Workforce Alliance, the Workforce arm of M7 as a WIRED Region. The RWA is a 2nd generation WIRED region.

A New Focus on Direct Hiring
Manpower placing emphasis on mining 'non-temporary' jobs
-JSOnline (6/15/07)
A pioneer in temporary staffing globally, Glendale-based Manpower is putting a greater premium on permanent placements. Make that "non-temporary" placements because "permanent" is passé.

Ex-inmates Helped into Work World
New Hope program eases post-prison transition
-JSOnline (6/6/07)
If an offender becomes gainfully employed, not only are we saving the $26,000 a year it would cost to re-incarcerate them in prison, but they are becoming law-abiding citizens who aren't committing new crimes, who are also taxpayers.

Area Gets More Jobs, But More Joblessness
Unemployment increases throughout Wisconsin, state says
-JSOnline (5/23/07)
The Milwaukee area added jobs and increased unemployment in the last 12 months, according to a report that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released Wednesday.

The four-county Milwaukee area had 6,400 more jobs last month than it did in April 2006, based on preliminary estimates from payroll data. Meanwhile, household surveys suggested that 5.3% of area workers who were actively seeking jobs couldn't find any last month, up from 5% the year before.

All 12 Wisconsin metropolitan areas had a higher unemployment rate last month than in April 2006. The statewide unemployment rate for April was 5.3%, up from 4.9% in April 2006.

Factories Fight to Win Workers
Wage concessions, benefit cuts, layoffs have made jobs hard to fill
-JSOnline (5/10/07)
Manufacturers' struggles to attract workers come as no surprise to Mike Kurki.

"When I kick my dog, he doesn't come back home," says Kurki, who lives in Superior. In 23 years as a welder, Kurki has spent about five on unemployment, losing jobs at six factories in the Duluth, Minn., area. About three years ago, after a two-year hiatus, he returned to factory work - with considerable reluctance.

"It took two hands to pull that welding helmet off the nail in the garage," Kurki said.

Panel to Help City's Work-Force Takeover
Barrett names 20 to help in replacement of PIC
-JSOnline (5/8/07)
Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday announced a 20-person team to lead the transition of the work-force development board from Milwaukee County's Private Industry Council to the city.

Donald Sykes, director of the mayor's office of work-force development, will head the team, which will examine and analyze programming, finances and staffing levels of the current operation, Barrett said.

In February, Barrett asked Gov. Jim Doyle to authorize him to take over responsibility for local work-force development activities that have been led by the county.

Wisconsin Manufacturers Confident About Economy
State Manufacturers Report Skilled Workers in Demand
-Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce (6/1/07)
Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce conducted the online survey of 400 manufacturing CEOs from among its 4,000 members to celebrate May is Manufacturing Month. The survey found the greatest demand for workers in the area of skilled production, and nearly 58 percent reported they could not find qualified candidates to fill job openings.

Bucyrus Needs Fewer Welders
Employers, government need to help, economist says
-JSOnline (4/26/07)
A month after Milwaukee Area Technical College nearly expanded a training program to help Bucyrus International fill 100 welding jobs, the company's chief executive told the college it needs only about half that many workers.

The college started training heavy-plate welders on campus for Bucyrus last year. College administrators then proposed leasing extra space at the Esperanza Unida agency and purchasing more equipment to expand the program, under the belief that Bucyrus needed 100 workers by the end of this year. That expansion plan was narrowly defeated by the MATC board last month.

A few weeks after the vote, the board learned that Bucyrus does not need as many workers as previously thought. An April 20 letter from Bucyrus Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan to MATC president Darnell Cole said the company needs only 55 welders.

Teetering On Line Between Work, Home
Employers, government need to help, economist says
-JSOnline (4/18/07)
The demise of goods-producing middle-class jobs with good pay and good benefits has left more Americans struggling to balance between their obligations at work and home, says economist Bob Drago, who sees a greater need for employers and the government to help workers get their footing.

A Pennsylvania State University scholar on work-life balance and author of a new book on the topic, Drago is scheduled for lectures today at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Thursday at UW-Milwaukee, where he was on the faculty for 16 years, four years as director of the graduate program in human resources and labor relations.

In advance of his visit, Drago spoke with Joel Dresang of the Journal Sentinel staff.

Wealth of Experience
Older workers leverage skills
-JSOnline (4/11/07)
This is how John Anderson dreamed of retirement: keeping a foot in his profession with a more abbreviated and flexible schedule so he has more time for church work and family.

Anderson, who's 60 and lives in Racine, retired in 2004 after 31 years as a financial executive at the S.C. Johnson family of companies. Since then, he has been working as a chief financial officer for smaller companies who hire him for two to four days a week through Milwaukee-based LauberCFOs.

"I've appreciated the flexibility," Anderson says. "It also is a variety, and that's what I was looking for, outside of the corporate world - a variety of companies all the way from service companies to wholesalers to job shop companies."

A License to Drive, A License to Work
Effort will clear obstacles for low-income drivers
-JSOnline (4/10/07)
A $400,000 public-private partnership that kicked off this month aims to get thousands of Milwaukee County residents back into their cars and into work.

The program will help low-income people with revoked or suspended licenses get reduced fines, payment plans or community service to pay off penalties.

Driver's licenses are critical in Milwaukee because most job-seekers live in the city, far from most jobs in the suburbs, according to a 2006 report from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Employment and Training Institute.

Helping to Fill the Construction Gap
Sowell oversees program aimed at training Milwaukee residents
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (3/23/07)
Linda Sowell sees herself as an advocate -- for minority businesses, for people who need training to find family supporting jobs and for her employer.

It's an attitude she formed growing up an only child in Atlanta. She brings that fire to her job as Gilbane Building Co.'s strategic programs director and as the managing director of the Urban Trades Partnership Initiative, which trains and qualifies Milwaukee residents for jobs in building and construction trades such as carpentry.

Job Council Closes Meeting On Takeover
Governor plans to transfer lead role to city, letter says
-JSOnline (3/13/07)
The Private Industry Council went into a challenged closed session Tuesday to discuss the governor's intention to designate the City of Milwaukee as the work force development board and transfer millions of federal dollars and responsibilities to the city and the mayor on July 1.

Buy a link here In a letter to County Executive Scott Walker, Gov. Jim Doyle said he expects to grant Mayor Tom Barrett's request that the city take over from the council. In addition, Doyle said the rest of Milwaukee County would be included under the new board.

Black Male Joblessness Takes Rare Fall
Milwaukee's slight decline is first in 30 years, study shows
-JSOnline (3/12/07)
Milwaukee has posted a small and rare decrease in its extreme rate of black male joblessness, according to an analysis of recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

"This is the first time since the early 1970s that, at any critical measurement point, this rate has declined even a little bit," said Marc V. Levine, director of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Career Ladders: How, Why, and Their Limitations-Two New Reports
The Center On Wisconsin Strategy recently released two reports addressing career ladders and the quality of jobs.

From Bad to Good Jobs? An Analysis of the Prospects for Career Ladders in the Service Industries is available online at:

Stronger Ladders, Stronger Floors: The Need for Both Supply and Demand Strategies to Improve Workers’ Opportunities is available online at:

Local Governments Can Strengthen Economic Development
-COWS Notes (Center On Wisconsin Strategy)
Efficient and Strategic TIF Use: A Guide for Wisconsin Municipalities, suggests ways local governments can allocate their tax incremental financing (TIF) dollars efficiently and strategically. Ideas include recommendations for better recognizing a good TIF proposal from a bad one and thoughts on how Wisconsin's cities and villages can take proactive steps to improve the quality of TIF funding requests they receive by clearly setting and communicating the communities' priorities for the funds. TIF, which provides over $240 million in assistance each year, is Wisconsin's largest economic development program.

Too Many Wisconsin Workers Lack Basic Skills
-COWS Notes (Center On Wisconsin Strategy)
Back to Basics, Strengthening Adult Basic Education (ABE) in Wisconsin, highlights the importance of adult basic education and reveals that Wisconsin is lagging its neighbors in ABE spending. Wisconsin spends $360 per enrolled student compared to Michigan which spends $1,846 per student, Minnesota $778, Iowa $708, and at the bottom of the list, Illinois, spending a paltry $130 per enrolled student.

The report concludes with ideas for improving ABE programs to better respond to demographic and economic pressures as well as worker and business needs. Ideas include increasing annual spending to meet the needs of more students, expanding workplace based ABE and integrating ABE and occupational training.

The Graying of Milwaukee
-Small Business Times (3/23/07)
Ready or not, Milwaukee employers will soon be confronted by a severe labor shortage caused by a cascade of aging and retiring baby boomers, who will be followed by a much smaller generation.

  • The demographics for the year 2015, according to projections by the U.S. Census Bureau, are jaw-dropping:
  • The number of Wisconsin residents age 55 to 64 will grow 37 percent to 777,968 people.
  • The number of Wisconsin residents age 65 or older will grow 22 percent to 881,745 people.
  • But the number of Wisconsin under the age of 55 will fall 2.2 percent to 3 million people.

MATC Hires Former OIC Executive
Clay to help forge job-training alliances
-JSOnline (2/26/07)
Milwaukee Area Technical College has hired former Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee executive Bill Clay as its new economic development manager.

Clay, who started in the position Monday at MATC, will work to create more job-training partnerships like those developed recently for Tramont Corp. and Bucyrus International Inc. to fill the gap between skill shortages and employer needs.

Working to Increase Access to College
Working to increase access to college
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (2/23/07)
Tonya Crampton is trying to increase the number of minorities who receive college degrees by recruiting them into Cardinal Stritch University's Lifetime Learners program.

Founded in 2000, the Lifetime Learners program allows working adults to earn associate's degrees in business from the Glendale university.

The program has two Milwaukee locations -- the Next Door Foundation, 2545 N. 29th St. and the Greentree/Teutonia Community Learning Center, 3744 W. Greentree Road -- both of which are in communities heavily populated by minorities. Both sites provide free child care for students while they attend class. 

A Review of the Milwaukee Workforce Development System And Recommendations for Improvements
City of Milwaukee Workforce Development Recommendations
-City of Milwaukee (2/07)
After extensive review and analysis, the following recommendations are made to Mayor Tom Barrett to implement an approach that is an employer-driven, responsive, coordinated and well-funded strategy for Milwaukee Workforce Development.

The Importance of Workforce Development
-Dr. Sammis White (2/20/07)
Workforce is increasingly being recognized by employers as the most critical input in successful enterprise. And the workforce that is better educated is more likely to be successful. Education and skills are commonly being seen as primary determinants of worker productivity and subsequent income. For these reasons, workforce development is growing in importance for economic and personal growth.

Nationally and globally, the world of work is changing dramatically. In the US in 1948 men who had not completed high school accounted for 60% of the hours worked by men. Among women, those who had not finished high school worked 50% of the total hours contributed by women. By 1997 men and women with less than a high-school degree accounted for 12% and 9%, respectively, of total hours worked. By 2007 those percentages are even smaller. Education increasingly matters both to employability and to income generation.

The Customized Workforce
-Dr. Darnell Cole & Sandi McClary, (2/20/07)
We have all heard the chilling statistics and the disturbing stories:
• 40% of Milwaukee’s manufacturing workforce will be retiring in the next 3-5 years
• Tramont Corp had to refuse $10 million in business because it didn’t have the employee capacity
• Bucyrus needs more than 200 welders and machinists, yesterday.

The recent “Wisconsin’s Job Outlook 2005-2007” published by the Department of Workforce Development confirmed this trend in its report, stating that the number of replacement jobs is eclipsing the number of new jobs in every industry category.

So who is responsible for finding and training this replacement workforce? The public school system? The technical colleges? The community? Employers?

The answer is: yes.

Building Bridges with Business and Industry
-By Dr. Barbara Prindiville, (2/20/07)
Business retention and expansion is a key driver to a region's economic vitality. Closely tied to business retention and expansion is the ability to attract and retain a talented workforce. Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) prides itself in building bridges with business and industry to meet current and future workforce needs.

UW Parkside Embraces Workforce Development
-By Beth Norris, (2/20/07)
Universities can and must play a vital role in workforce development. UW Parkside is embracing this opportunity. As a result, our students are learning, our faculty are becoming engaged, and our community is tapping into the university's reservoir of expertise and passion.

Gateway as an Economic Driver for its Communities
-By Bryan Albrecht, (2/20/07)
At a recent meeting, several of our area legislators dubbed Gateway Technical College and its efforts to train our communities’ workforce, an “economic engine”. It confirmed that we are on the right track in how we address the needs of our key communities: students, employers, and the taxpayers.

That’s what career and technical education is today. An economic driver for its communities—preparing employers, employees, and tomorrow’s career professionals for success and growth. Gateway, serving Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties, has taken a leadership role in improving the area’s economy by preparing the workforce for over 65 different career areas.

Job Corps Plans Makeover for a Changed Economy (2/20/07)
Over the last four decades, even as fauked experiments and partisan disputes took luster off the war on poverty, the Job Corps, the government's main effort to give poorly educated youths a second change at a diploma and a trade, was widely seen as one of the few success stories.

Wrong Tack on Work Force Efforts
-JSOnline (2/16/07)
In Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's "state of the city" address this week, he proposed the formation of an Office of Workforce Development. Further, he declared his intention to take over leadership of the local and regional work force development system. My organization disagrees with the proposal and suggests there is a better way.

Barrett to Address Job Training in City
-JSOnline (2/12/07)
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who in the 2004 campaign said he'd focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs," is asking the state to give the city more authority to implement and oversee job-training efforts.

Barrett will highlight that request in today's "state of the city" speech, to be held at a Riverwest factory that created its own partnership to train welders desperately needed to fill job openings.

Barrett's job plan gets mixed response
-JSOnline (2/12/07)
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett drew mixed reactions today to his call for the city to take over leadership of regional job-training efforts.

In his State of the City address, Barrett announced plans to create a new Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, led by Donald Sykes, a former Social Development Commission executive director who is currently a city jobs consultant, and jump-started by a $500,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

County will take on role of matchmaker
Strategic plan will try to link workers with jobs
-JSOnline (2/3/07)
Racine County has high unemployment - particularly in the city of Racine - and yet has skilled manufacturing jobs that are unfilled.

It has educational training programs, but can people get trained quickly enough to fill the available jobs?

It has programs to help people who don't have high school diplomas and a high rate of young people without high school diplomas.

There is a will to solve these work force issues.

And now, county officials hope, a comprehensive strategic plan will give Racine County the way to solve those problems.

The Level and Distribution of Economic Well-Being
-Federal Reserve Board (2/6/07)
In remarks to the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce in Nebraska, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said disparities in education and training were "likely the single greatest source of the long-term increase in inequality." Thus, "policies that boost our national investment in education and training can help reduce inequality while expanding economic opportunity, he said.

'Express Ramp' Welder Training Leads to Bucyrus International
-MATC (2/07)
Milwaukee Area Technical College is launching a new fast-track welding program designed to lead directly to jobs at Bucyrus International, Inc. Project "Express Ramp" aims to recruit and train up to 100 heavy-plate welders in the next six months.

Region Wins Jobs Grant
$5 million will go to help skills match needs
-JSOnline (1/17/07)
The federal government Wednesday awarded the seven-county Milwaukee region a three-year, $5 million grant to help narrow the skills gap that leaves thousands of metro-area workers unqualified for job opportunities.

Regional planners decry the disconnect between unfilled jobs and pockets of high unemployment as one of the most crippling economic impediments to southeastern Wisconsin. Labor economists fret that the problem is bound to worsen as experienced workers from the baby-boom generation retire without a new wave of qualified replacements.

U.S. Department of Labor Commits Up to $65 Million for 2nd Generation of WIRED Activities
-U.S. Department of Labor (1/17/07)
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced the Department of Labor's intent to provide up to $65 million to 13 regions across the country that comprise the second generation of the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative.

"This regional economic development strategy transcends political boundaries to better leverage a region's assets to help workers succeed in the 21st century worldwide economy," said Secretary Chao. "Investing in area workforces through this collaborative approach will boost entire regions' economic vitality."

Each 2nd Generation WIRED region will receive an initial award of $500,000, with the ability to access a $4.5 million balance contingent upon completion of a regional implementation blueprint.

Grant Will Allow MATC to Train 1,600
Workers would be recruited for manufacturing jobs
-JSOnline (1/16/07)
A three-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will allow the Milwaukee Area Technical College to recruit and train 1,600 workers in five areas of advanced manufacturing where local businesses are projected to have critical shortages.

The money also will help MATC build a more strategic career-planning system, said Duane Schultz, associate dean in the division of technology and applied sciences for MATC. The goal: to anticipate earlier what jobs will be available locally and train students in those areas.

'Panther Tracks' Creates a Seamless Path From MATC to UWM
-MATC (1/4/07)
Thanks to Panther Tracks, a new guaranteed admission and transfer agreement, liberal arts and sciences students now have a clear, straight path from Milwaukee Area Technical College to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. If they stick to the path and keep their grades up, they can begin at MATC and be guaranteed admission at UWM, close to halfway done with their bachelor's degree.

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MATC Hires Economic Development Manager
Post will link educators, area employers and work-force agencies
-JSOnline (12/20/06)
To help replicate recent efforts at quickly training welders for Milwaukee's Tramont Corp. and Bucyrus International Inc. in South Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Technical College is hiring an economic development manager.

MATC said Wednesday it received a two-year, $120,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation for the new position. The manager will be expected to establish partnerships between MATC's Office of Corporate Learning and local work-force development agencies, area employers and providers of adult basic education.

MATC is seeking additional funding for the work, which will be overseen by a committee representing MATC, the City of Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and the Helen Bader Foundation.

Collaboration Benefits Employer, W-2 Clients
-MATC (12/06)
To help replicate recent efforts at quickly training welders for Milwaukee's Tramont Corp. and Bucyrus International Inc. in South Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Technical College is hiring an economic development manager.

Welders Training Takes Off
Applicants drawn to quick classes with guaranteed jobs
-JSOnline (12/19/06)
When word got out that Bucyrus International Inc. needed 100 specially trained workers - at pay starting around $22 an hour - Milwaukee responded.

Milwaukee Area Technical College and the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County forged a 12-week training program for heavy-plate welding, which Bucyrus needs for the colossal mining equipment it makes. And just to show that Milwaukeeans don't shirk from hot and heavy factory work, even after a 34,000 drop in manufacturing employment since 1998, MATC received more than six times the number of applicants needed.

Likewise, news of a six-week welding class with guaranteed jobs at $13.05 an hour at Tramont Corp. got people's attention, generating requests to be included in the class, which graduated 14 men and women Tuesday.

A Model of Collaboration
Training alliance produces its first class of welding grads
-JSOnline (12/19/06)
Rapid, multilateral cooperation has put 14 hungry workers into decent jobs as welders at Milwaukee's Tramont Corp. And it also has suggested what the region's fragmented work force development efforts can do through employer-driven collaboration.

Six weeks ago, Jessica Cooper, 32, was a food stamp recipient with a work history of hopping between jobs cleaning and caregiving. Now she's in her second week welding steel fuel tanks, which Tramont makes for generator equipment manufacturers.

On Cooper's third day at work, she welded a 700-gallon tank with no leaks - compared with 15 to 25 leaks that are typical for most new welders, says Tramont's president, Sean McGowan. Six months ago, McGowan turned away $10 million in orders because he didn't have the welders to complete them. And now: "I believe we can ramp up the business," McGowan says.

Fresh Starts, Job Guarantees Await Welders-in-Training
Short on labor, manufacturer leads effort to offer free classes
They're making welders again at Milwaukee's old North Division High School.

Through a collaboration of the city's public schools, the technical college, welfare agencies, the mayor's office and a private manufacturer desperate for skilled trade workers, 16 adults have begun free training in a formerly mothballed metal shop.

Those who graduate from the six-week course are guaranteed jobs starting at $12.50 an hour and full benefits at Tramont Corp., a maker of generator equipment in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood.

Labor Seen as Key to Future
Trained workers central to region's industry, report says
Controlling the high cost of health care is important, but ensuring an ample supply of trained workers is critical to the future well-being of the Milwaukee area's large manufacturing sector, according to a report to be released this morning.

Prepared for the Milwaukee 7, a seven-county organization created to help make the metropolitan region more competitive economically, the report also found that manufacturing in the state feeds on itself, with factories in the seven-county area buying 45% of their raw materials within Wisconsin.

"We still have a critical mass of manufacturers in the state that rely on one another and are successful in part because they have one another," said Sammis White, director of the Center for Workforce Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. White is the author of the report.

(Download the full M7 Manufacturing Survey here.)

The View from the Summit: Aging Workers in the 21st Century
-Workers' Comp Insider (10/30/06)

The Insider recently participated in the Aging Workforce Summit, a meeting of the minds focused on retirement in America. The conference took place on the 80th floor of the Aon Center in Chicago. The views of Chicago and Lake Michigan were supposed to be spectacular, but for the duration of the conference the building was socked in a fog, so all you could see from the windows was an indeterminate white haze - rather appropriate, given the foggy futures confronting a huge proportion of workers in America.

One participant quoted the late Ernest Hemingway: "Retirement is the ugliest word in the language." Setting aside Hemingway's horrendous approach to his own pending retirement (he blew his brains out with a rifle), the quote raises a valid point. The boomer generation, long a staple of the American workforce, is starting to make its slow, inexorable exit from work, but in typical boomer fashion, they are not "going gentle into that good night." In fact, many boomers are planning to work well beyond the conventional retirement ages of 62 and 65. They are doing this for two fundamental reasons:

- Many want to work because they view retirement as boring
- Many must work, because they lack the financial means to retire.

Member States Must Better Help Combining Work and Life, EU says
-dpa German Press Agency (10/30/06)

Brussels- Under growing pressure to tackle the challenges of a shrinking workforce and an ageing population, the European Union on Monday urged member states to help their citizens to better unite paid work with family commitments. European governments must set up more flexible working patterns, said EU Employment Commissioner Vladimir Spidla. Such schemes should include cuts in working hours for young parents which would be made up for at a later stage in their lives.

Spidla also called for introducing compulsory paternity leave as this would enable women to combine home and work. "Staying at home and taking care of the kids should not mean that people are losing out in their careers," he added.

EU member states must draw up policies that would help people to balance work and family life so that they could have the number of children they wanted, Spidla told reporters at the first EU-level expert forum on Europe's ageing crisis.

Welders in Short Supply Locally and Nationally
-The Shreveport Times (10/23/06)

(Welding workforce issues are not isolated to Wisconsin. See how this issue is impacting other regions of the country.)

There are too few welders in northwest Louisiana.

And labor experts' numbers show that the situation is going to get worse before it gets better.

The welding sector across the country is expected to take a major hit soon, as many approaching their 60s who are experienced in the trade will retire twice as fast as younger workers take their places, according to the American Welding Society. It will leave a potential shortage at construction and manufacturing work sites by 2010 of more than 200,000 skilled welders, the industry group added.

"There is a shortage (of welders) here," said Tom Beene, owner of Tom's Metal Shop in Bossier City. "There has been for about two years, since the housing boom started."

Beene recently hired a new welder onto his staff but expects another to retire in two years. And even though he has two to three people calling each week looking for welding work, hiring is difficult because Beene looks for people who are highly skilled and willing to wear many hats.

Factories Starving for Help
Worker Shortage Threatens Area Manufacturers' Growth
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (9/21/06)

Waukesha Engine is scrambling to fill open jobs at its factory, but over the next five years, more than 100 of the 475 hourly employees will be eligible to retire, posing an even greater challenge.

Business is growing for the manufacturer of industrial and commercial engines, and it will need to hire about 50 employees over the next year, said Mark Fryer, vice president of human resources.

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Regional Work Force Effort Wins Grant
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (9/19/06)
The Regional Workforce Alliance, a collaboration of work force development boards and other agencies in southeast Wisconsin, will receive a $110,000 grant to encourage investment to drive the economic development in the region.

The Growing Regional Opportunities in Wisconsin grant, or GROW, is being made through funds available through the state Council on Workforce Investment and administered by Department of Workforce Development, agency secretary Roberta Gassman said Tuesday.

Incomes Grow, But Pace is Slow
State metro areas trail U.S. rise
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (9/6/06)

Personal incomes grew in Wisconsin's metropolitan areas last year, but not as fast as the national average, as the state's historic industries faced greater global competition.

While average per capita income growth of 3.8% in the Milwaukee area appears to contradict last week's Census Bureau report showing a statewide decline in median household income, the two measures examined different statistics. Yet both reflect a slow-growth economy that hasn't yet met the challenges necessary to compete in a rapidly changing world, economic experts said.

Special Report: Training and Development
-Workforce Management (9/1/06)
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Despite a focus on organizational efficiency and cost control, overall spending on training and development continues to rise. It's a reflection of the fact that companies are ratcheting up the amount of training they require of their workers in the ceaseless drive for a competitive edge.

Wisconsin's Technical Colleges Have Highest Bond Rating
-The Wheeler Report (8/22/06)

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MADISON - Wisconsin's Technical Colleges have the highest bond rating found in any state technical or community college system in the nation, according to Moody's Investors Service. Moody's rates 160 technical and community college districts in the U.S. and found Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges, as an aggregate, ".Have a stronger credit profile than community college districts in other states," with a median rating of Aa2.

Worker 'Boot Camp' Kicks Up (8/01/06)

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Computer Numerical Control operation is a job skill in high demand among a large number of industrial settings. An innovative and collaborative "Boot Camp" is now available to address an increasingly difficult challenge for Racine area employers to find the skilled workers they need.

This situation peaked in the fall of 2004, when some 250 job openings were listed in the local newspaper. Mark Mundl, of the Racine County Workforce Development Center, took it as a professional challenge. "You know something's seriously wrong when unemployment and job availability both are high and rising," he says.

Competency Models Develop Top Performance (7/06) (full article available to ASTD subscribers)

There is no one magical solution that enables companies to succeed in today's competitive global marketplace. However, businesses are increasingly adopting competency models, which prove their value as a human resources management tool.

Sharp Electronics Corporation was among the first wave of companies adopting competency models and is now set to embark upon a second phase.

Sharp developed a core competency model nearly seven years ago. The second phase of the initiative will include five competency models that are specific to several strategically important job functions in sales and marketing, and a revised core competency model.

More Students Sign Up for Accounting
Profession's Campaigns to Raise Awareness Appear to be Working
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (7/21/06)

Local and national efforts to raise the profile of accounting as a career are paying off, with most Wisconsin colleges and universities reporting higher enrollments in accounting classes over the past three years.

A Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants survey found that over the past three years, schools have heard from more students willing to consider accounting as a major and a career.

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Preparation is Vital
WorkplaceLearning and Performance Professionals Must Use Statistics to Plan for the Future (7/06) (full article available to ASTD subscribers)

It's a real honor to be chair of ASTD. Starting with the 12 fabulous members of the ASTD board, I'm always impressed with the quality of character and depth of knowledge of the people I meet through ASTD.

Briggs & Stratton: Engine Manufacturer Won't Replace Retirees' Jobs
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (7/17/06)

The loss of highly skilled and experienced workers will hurt the company, (Ross) Winklbauer (of the United Steelworkers Union) said.

"This is experience that can never be replaced," he said. "Any time you bring in new people, there's a learning curve."

The company has hired back some retirees to train new workers and fill in on other jobs, Winklbauer said.

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Public Sector Training (7/06) (full article available to ASTD subscribers)

Trainers, consultants, and others involved in training and development say that 9/11 changed the culture in government agencies dramatically. Training-long considered to be just another business-as-usual activity in many agencies-suddenly became critical.
Regardless of population, cities of all sizes share similar responsibilities, notably police and fire protection, emergency services, and utilities. But while cities have common functions, their commitment to training employees varies widely. Similar to the private sector, where commitment from top executives is necessary to drive programs forward, city managers and other top government executives set the tone.

Happiness Means a Loyal Employee
MU Tailors Wellness Classes to Fit Businesses Needs
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (7/7/06)

In response to employers' emphasis on wellness in the workplace, Marquette University's College of Professional Studies is offering custom-designed wellness classes to meet businesses' specific work-force needs.
Employers are discovering that it's hard to get high productivity out of employees worn down by the stress of life outside work, said Dr. Julie Helmrich, a business psychologist and an adjunct faculty member at Marquette's College of Professional Studies.
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Empolyers Seek MBA Graduates
MBAs Making Comeback After An Unpopular Time
-The Washington Business Journal (7/7/06)

It's OK to have an MBA again.
After a lull in demand for people with master's degrees in business administration, companies are once again looking for folks who have MBAs.
The degree has always been valued, but companies weren't going after MBAs as much when the economy was on the ropes. However, today companies want the well-rounded training that comes with an MBA even for nonmanagement positions.
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New York Times Features Racine's Steady Growth and The New York Times(7/3/06)

Racine's steady growth has caught the attention of the New York Times as the city was featured in the business section of the July 2, 2006 paper. The extensive story was reprinted in papers across the United States as well as internationally.

U.S. Employers Tighten Reigns on Tuition Reimbursement (7/06) (full article available to ASTD subscribers)

A recent survey indicated that a large percentage of employers do not reimburse staff even if the course is tied directly to basic job functions.

Barrett to Use Grant to Hire Jobs Adviser
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (6/27/06)

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett plans to take leadership on efforts to boost the regional Milwaukee work force through a state grant to be announced this afternoon.
The state Department of Workforce Development plans to announce a grant of $75,000 for Barrett's office to hire a policy adviser to design a model for work force development in the Milwaukee area.

Worker Skills Don't Match Jobs
UWM study calls for demand-driven training
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (6/11/06)

Welding, sweaty and well-paying, is back in vogue. Factory foremen around Milwaukee need 250 of them. But the institution best positioned to turn them out, Milwaukee Area Technical College, graduated only 14 welders in its Class of 2005, up from 10 the previous year.
Wisconsin's biggest technical college also graduated a grand total of 18 machinists in a state with over 650 respective vacancies, at least half of them in southeastern Wisconsin. Of the 541 openings last year for tool-and-die workers in the Milwaukee area, MATC trained 34 students, according to the school.

Teen Birth Rate Hurts Economy
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (6/9/06)
The city of Milwaukee has one of the nation's highest teen birth rates and it's hurting metropolitan Milwaukee's economy.
Almost 17 percent of births in Milwaukee are to teen mothers. That fact affects businesses' ability to find qualified skilled workers, to clamp down on rising health care costs and to attract new businesses to metropolitan Milwaukee.

Skilled Workers Scarce
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (6/7/06)
Conference Tackles Dearth of Skilled Workers, Need for CEOs to Plan Ahead
Badger Meter Inc. is a committed Wisconsin business, but it's expanding elsewhere. Why build new facilities in Mexico rather than near its Brown Deer headquarters?
"It is easier to hire people," said Richard Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "It has been getting harder to hire skilled people" in Wisconsin.

Jobs Help Veterans Build Lives After Service
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (6/7/06)
Program Links Returning Troops, Construction Employers
At first, Damar Liederbach saw himself going nowhere. Then he went to Iraq. Now he's back in Milwaukee feeling good about where he's going, thanks to Helmets to Hardhats.

Governor Doyle Announces $100,000 for RAMAC to Advance Worker Skills
-Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release (6/6/06)
RACINE - Governor Jim Doyle today awarded the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) $100,000 from the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment for a project to ensure southeastern Wisconsin companies have the skilled, competitive workforce they need.

Cramped Job Training Center Considers Move to Wisconsin Ave. Building
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (5/23/06)
The old Advance Cleaning and Supplies building at 3871 W. Wisconsin Ave. could be a possible site for the Center for Excellence, a joint initiative between the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership and Big Step to connect and train minorities and women for apprenticeship opportunities in southeastern Wisconsin.

Manufacturers Should Anticipate Change
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (5/15/06)
Conference Tackles Dearth of Skilled Workers, Need for CEOs to Plan Ahead
Manufacturers need to train employees to be ready for changed business conditions, rather than waiting until employee shortages become acute.

Emphasis on College Overlooks an Important Part of the Work Force, Professor Says
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (5/6/06)
Many Employers Need Tech School Graduates
Prof. Kenneth Gray has a sobering thought so close to spring graduations: America's education system is out of sync with its work force needs.

Rebuilding Lives With Good Jobs
Initiative Puts 2,500 to Work for Paychecks They Can Live On
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (4/22/06)

In a metro area with 816,000 jobs, 2,500 is a drop in the bucket.
The creation of 2,500 jobs in eight years easily could be overlooked after recent announcements expected to wipe out more than 2,000 area jobs at Delphi, Gehl, Kraft Foods and Quebecor World.
But the 2,500 jobs filled through the Milwaukee Jobs Initiative mark a quiet accomplishment that stands as a model for future growth in the regional economy

Help For Hire: Area Layoffs May Ease Worker Shortage
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (4/21/06)
Even as some Milwaukee-area manufacturers struggle to fill openings, factory closings in the Milwaukee area could leave as many as 2,600 employees without jobs over the next 18 months.

Milwaukee 7 Initiative Is Zeroing In On Jobs Today
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (4/15/06)
Recent news concerning metro Milwaukee's ranking with respect to job losses is not news that any of us want to hear.

Job Corps Center Finally Might Have a Site
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/11/06)
Proposal calls for city to acquire land for facility approved in '03
A new site has been proposed for the long-stalled $28 million federally funded Job Corps center approved for Milwaukee three years ago by the U.S. Department of Labor.

White Paper-Text Of Memo By Gordy Kacala (pdf)
-Racine County Economic Development Corp. (4/4/06)
Memo by Gordy Kacala, Executive Director of the Racine County Economic Development Corporation, to Mayor Gary Becker of the City of Racine, on addressing the unemployment problem in the City of Racine.

Taxes, Lack of Workers Major Issues For Milwaukee Manufacturers
-The Milwaukee Business Journal (3/31/06)
High taxes, a lack of skilled workers, health care expenses and crime are the most prevalent challenges facing Milwaukee manufacturers, according to the results of a recent informal survey of 92 midsize Milwaukee companies.

State Receives $500,000 In Federal Funds To Enhance FoodShare Program Services
-Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release (3/28/06)
Funds Are Targeted To Assist Low-Income Students At Milwaukee Area Technical College In Finding Employment
Milwaukee - Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) Secretary Helene Nelson and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that Wisconsin has been awarded $500,000 by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance services for individuals receiving FoodShare, formerly known as Food Stamps.

Governor Announces $100,000 To Enhance Economic, Workforce Development In Southeast Wisconsin
-Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development News Release (3/22/06)
Governor Doyle announced today that a seven county region in Southeast Wisconsin will receive $100,000 grant and has been invited to participate in the US Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant program virtual region. The seven counties are: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. The effort will be lead by the three regional workforce development boards and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's office.

Governor's Conference, May 17-18, Appleton
The Wisconsin Workforce: Building Skills For A Global Economy

This conference will focus on how we can create and expand high-end job opportunities that will increase earning power for Wisconsin families, how we can invest in our talented workforce so workers have the skills to move up the career ladder, and how to meet the needs of our employers so they continue to take root in Wisconsin and expand our economic base.

Corporate Universities: What Works And What Doesn't
-Chief Learning Officer (3/06)
Strengthening their human capital is one of the top issues facing chief executive officers, according to a recent survey of 500 CEOs conducted by The Economist Intelligence unit. In fact, as one senior executive from a large financial services firm said, "We need to out-learn our competition in order to attract, retain and excite the best talent in the industry." Why has human capital management become such a central issue for senior executives?

University Solutions: Partnering for Real-World Results
-Chief Learning Officer (3/06)
The corporate world largely underuses four-year universities and community colleges as resources. The Chief Learning Officer magazine Business Intelligence Board survey shows that almost half of the companies surveyed have no relationship with a university, and 62 percent of companies Bellevue University surveyed are not satisfied with the relationship they do have. The challenge to corporations is to learn how to tap university resources successfully.

A New Year's Resolution: Optimize Older Workers (3/06) (full article available to ASTD members.)
If your corporate resolution for 2006 involved working harder and smarter, there's one sure fire way to achieve that goal: optimize the competencies of your older workforce. The Society for Human Resources Management notes that 59 percent of its membership does not actively recruit older workers, while 65 percent of its membership does nothing to target the learning needs of their older talent base. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the civilian labor force will increase by 17.4 million workers by 2012. The majority of the change will occur in the 55 and older age group.

Manpower: A Multi-Faceted Approach Boosts Learning
-Chief Learning Officer (3/06)
For global staffing company Manpower, there are multiple sides to development. There's the regional approach, and there's learning for leadership. In the former, learning leaders re-create exact working environments to effectively train their staffing specialists and direct-hire experts to hit the ball out of the park that very first day on the job. In the upper tiers of the company, leaders are groomed via global task forces that mesh action learning, development and project management skills to create culturally savvy leaders capable of executing the company's new and continually evolving strategic vision. Together, the multi-faceted approach to learning and development at Manpower enables the company to find the best solutions for more than 25,000 employees and some 400,000 customers worldwide.

A Matter of Degrees
-Workforce Management (3/06)
Corporate America spent $10 billion on tuition reimbursement in 2003, but few companies track how those dollars are spent, or know whether they are getting any benefit by underwriting employees' degrees. It's not that ROI can't be measured. It's just that many companies don't seem to care about it.

Leadership Development: The Missing Ingredients
-Human Capital Institute (2/9/06)
A major emphasis in the theory and practice of talent management is the identification, selection and development of top talent. For many organizations, the focus of these efforts is on the top of the "org chart." There is rather alarming data on CEO succession: almost 80% of companies do not have adequate bench strength for their senior management. When this occurs, one of two things can happen: external candidates are brought in to fill senior positions or internal candidates are elevated without proper vetting. In both case, failure rates can be devastating, sometimes approaching 70%.

English-only Not Always Best Course in Language Programs
-Workforce Management (2/06)
While English is the language of business for many firms, some find that getting employees to learn Spanish can build bridges to both line workers and customers.

New ASTD/University of Pennsylvania Study Profiles Chief Learning Officers
-ASTD (2/10/06)
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Study Clarifies the Role of Senior Learning Executives
(Alexandria, VA) - A new breed of learning executive has emerged in the past decade to take on the challenge of both running learning like a business and making learning a critical contributor to organizational success. It takes a complex skill set to run an efficient learning function that is strategically aligned with and responsive to the needs of a business.
(Full report is free for ASTD members or available for purchase to non-members here.)

Dedication to Development: Building Knowledge
-Workforce Management (2/06)
Washington Groups $50 Million-A-Year Investment in the Future of Its Workforce
When it comes to employee development, engineering and construction company Washington Group is a true believer-so much so that it spends $50 million annually, and doesn't measure the pricey program's results.

Survey Finds Worker Shortages Loom Large
-Associated Press (2/21/06)
Sales Representatives, Engineers In Big Demand
A new survey finds shortages of qualified workers are problems in the U.S. and around the world.
The employment firm Manpower Inc. surveyed 33,000 employers in 23 countries and found that 44 percent of U.S. employers and 40 percent worldwide are having trouble filling positions because of a lack of suitable talent.
The Milwaukee-based firm said the top job employers having trouble filling is for sales representatives.

Report Finds Job Talent Shortages
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2/20/06)
44% of employers say it's a problem
Forty-four percent of American employers say they can't find the talent to fill their staffing needs, according to a survey that Manpower Inc. released today along with a new branding campaign.
The Glendale staffing company interviewed 33,000 employers in 23 countries and territories, including 1,275 in the United States, and found that 40% of the respondents worldwide reported skill shortages - ranging from 78% in Mexico, 66% in Canada and 58% in Japan, all the way down to 13% in India.

MATC Addresses Local Welder Shortage
-The Business Journal (2/17/06)
Tech college responds to Bucyrus complaints
Milwaukee Area Technical College is addressing a welder shortage at Bucyrus International, Inc. and other area manufacturers with a new certificate program that focuses solely on heavy-plate welding.

Minorities, Women Could Help Fill Labor Shortage
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2/15/06)
Expecting shortages of skilled laborers during a time of more construction projects in southeastern Wisconsin, a representative of the building trades is calling for a concerted effort to bring more minorities and women into the work force.

Toolkit Helps Assess Business Benefits of Workforce Development Training
-Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (2/2/06)
A multi-year project by the Workforce Strategies Initiative (WSI) at the Aspen Institute has resulted in a toolkit that can help assess the benefits businesses receive from hiring workers trained by sectoral workforce development programs. Such programs focus on readying individuals for work in specific industries, such wwas health care or manufacturing.

Milwaukee Workforce Development Landscape Report (.pdf format - You must have Adobe Acrobat or a smiliar program installed to view this document)
-UWM Center for Workforce Development (1/06)
Submitted to the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment

When You Train, Are People Learning?

-Management-Issues (1/26/06)
Maybe you've had on-the-job training where someone showed you how to do something and then asked you to sign off that you learned the material. Never were your skills tested. No one asked you to demonstrate proficiency. You simply observed someone doing what you were supposed to learn, and they said you were "trained."
Unfortunately, this scenario is all too common. The problem? That's not training. The ability to stand up and talk does not a trainer make.

Sun Setting Later In Careers
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (1/16/06)
More executives expected to continue working into 70s, 80s
The American boss of the future might look a lot like Dana Cable Sr., who works 10 hours daily, worries over bills, meets customers and tinkers with inventions that won't hit the market for years.
Cable is 80 and refuses to quit.
"I know what I want - and it's not going to Florida to retire," said Cable, president of Milwaukee-based Growing Systems Inc., which specializes in equipment for the production of young plants.

Workforce Action Plan Helps Michigan React to Job Losses
-The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (1/12/06)
Since 2000, the state of Michigan has lost more than 282,000 jobs. To
respond to these losses, a public/private collaborative launched an
initiative to attract new businesses and create new jobs in the state by
helping Michigan's workforce adapt to change. An action plan, Reshaping
Michigan's Workforce, was put into place in 2004 and is having an

Does International Networking Work?
-Yahoo! Finance (1/4/06)
Yearly Networking Highlights Global Opportunities
Can meeting with a business owner from New Zealand help if you're an insurance agent from Cleveland? What if you're a Spanish coach from Fort Worth? Who would you most want to meet, and where would they be from? The world's largest referral networking organization is about to hold an annual, global powwow, which every year brings together business people from all over the globe.

Training and Business Development: Do You Have A Mentor?
-RIS Media (1/4/06)
For the one who is teachable, eager to learn and determined to achieve success, there is an excellent opportunity to find a mentor, a counselor capable of instructing him or her to reach full potential.
January is National Mentoring Month and is dedicated to the powerful idea of mentoring - a process by which one person with much more experience in a particular field of interest (for example, baseball, quantum physics, theology or ballet) transfers their knowledge of and passion for the subject matter to the less experienced or informed person.

Link Strategies to Performance At Work
-The Daily Monitor, Uganda (1/4/06)
Organisations are looking to increase business results and shareholder value by implementing new initiatives categorised as sales performance improvement, customer service enhancement, talent development, new systems implementation, best practices implementation, new product launches, mergers or acquisition.
Too often, actual results don't meet the anticipated expectations because the execution falls short, which are directly linked to workforce performance. The individuals who are to carry out the initiative do not have the new skills they need, lack the necessary motivation, or are confronted by organisational obstacles.

State Regains Lost Job Ground
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (1/3/06)
But manufacturing lags behind; shortage of skilled workers emerges
Richardson Yacht Interiors, in Sheboygan Falls, is using a billboard on I-43 and ads before each movie at Sheboygan Cinemas to spread the word that it needs cabinetmakers.
The 50-employee division of one of Wisconsin's oldest family businesses began three years ago in a portion of a furniture factory that has since closed as the result of competition from China and South America. Now it's adding a worker a week to try to keep up with business it's taking from European exporters.

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Training Magazine Top 100
-The Training Magazine (12/05)
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Training Magazine's 2005 Industry Report
-The Training Magazine (12/05)
The classroom ain't dead yet. Despite all the talk about e-learning, mobile learning and on-demand learning, [Training Magazine's] exclusive research shows that most training still is done the traditional way. And that's not a bad thing.

Work, School Linking Longer - Workforce Training, Labor Officials Explain Why Change Is Occurring
-By Anthony Salamone, The Business Journal (12/21/05)*
Emily Stover DeRocco challenges the old perception of obtaining an education to land a job then dropping academic pursuits.
"We absolutely don't believe that applies anymore," said DeRocco Wednesday, speaking to the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board.
As assistant U.S. labor secretary in charge of employment and training, DeRocco also believes the current system of workforce investment "has not responded well" overall.

State Companies Help Each Other Deal With Electronic World
-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (12/19/05)
A UW-Madison program is quietly finding ways to bring the state's businesses together to help them solve each other's problems.
The E-Business Consortium, established seven years ago by industrial engineering professor Raj Veeramani, is designed to help state companies learn from one another and compete successfully in the world of electronic business.
A key part of the program is peer group meetings, in which companies like Brady Corp. of Milwaukee send information security specialists to meet monthly with people from other Wisconsin businesses to discuss their specialties and learn how each copes with challenges.

Work Force Diversity Requires Patience, But Has Its Rewards
-By Bill Brubaker, The Salt Lake Tribune (12/18/05)*
Soon after he arrived at the upscale Wegmans Food Markets store in Dulles, Va., last year, executive chef Llewellyn Correia discovered that many of the 120 employees he supervised had not been attending the company's mandatory safety and sanitation classes.
The reason, he said: ''The courses were in English, and many of my employees don't speak English.''
Correia said some of his Asian cooks needed training in U.S. food handling standards, which are more rigorous than the ones in their home countries and more likely to be enforced by government inspectors. ''It's very hard to break old habits,'' he said.

Jobs Grow Faster In State Than Labor Pool

-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (12/15/05)
Signs of skill shortages are creeping into Wisconsin's economic data, the state's top labor analyst said Thursday, as estimates from last month show continued job growth but a shrinking labor force.
Wisconsin employment hit a November record of 2.87 million jobs, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday, surpassing the previous high set in November 2000. But as state employers added 26,700 jobs in the last year, the number of Wisconsin residents willing and able to work fell by 20,000.

Suburban Job Outlook Mildly Optimistic

-Ozaukee County News Graphic (12/13/05)
Ozaukee, Washington and Milwaukee County employers are expected to hire at a respectable pace during the first quarter of 2006, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Wanted: Skilled Workers - Businesses boosting pay, retaining employees in a struggle to fill openings
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (12/10/05)
A dearth of skilled workers is a familiar problem for Chuck Gates, president of a Madison manufacturing company.
His company, RenewAire LLC, has raised its starting pay for shop workers by about 30% as part of an effort to attract and retain people. The company also has provided extensive training and pay incentives for employees who survive a 90-day probation period.
"You get what you pay for," Gates said. "If you want people who are pretty smart and self-driven, you are not going to hire them for $8 an hour. I think that a lot of manufacturers are asking too much for too little pay."

Workforce Forecasts for 2006 from The Herman Group
-The Herman Group (12/5/05)

Smaller Firms in Vanguard of Flex Practices
-Career (12/05)
In spite of economic volatility, companies are plowing forward with innovative practices to suit the evolving needs of today's dynamic workforce, accordinf to the National Study of Employers published recently by the Families and Work Institute.

The Coming Knowledge Drain
-Workforce Management (11/25/05)
Offering flexibility may help persuade workers to stay on longer, but some firms might have to revamp the way they do business in order to cope with the exodus.

Advanced Training at MATC
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (11/28/05)
Manufacturing center to address employee shortage
Milwaukee Area Technical College plans to build a $7.2 million applied technology center at its Oak Creek campus that will focus on advanced manufacturing job skills and industrial energy conservation.

To Have and To Hold Those Valued Employees (11/27/05)
When it comes to finding and retaining talented workers, employers might want to start thinking less like recruiters and more like anthropologists. That's what Marc Cendella, president of, a job site for high-earners, told a group of about 400 people attending a recent recruiting conference in Manhattan.

Six Ways to Encourage Employee Development (11/05)
Employee growth has direct and indirect benefits. More knowledgeable, skilled and capable employees directly impact your company's ability to satisfy customers, resolve problems and crises, and adapt to changing market conditions.

Trendwatching: Academic Courses Must Understand What Drives Corporate Responsibility (11/05)
The announcement from Harvard University that it will launch a new corporate responisibility course aimed at executives looks on the surface to be a sign that corporate responsibility is becoming mainstream. But the interest in corporate responsibility, even at such an elite level may mean just the opposite.

Secrets of Effective Employee Training (12/05)
It would be nice if employees showed up to work fully prepared to meet your firm's needs. In the real world, however, most workers need training. The time and money you spend teaching employees how to do their jobs ciykd turn out to be your company's wisest investment, but only if you know what you're doing. The ten tips below should give you some things to think about.

AARP Collaborates With 11 More Major Employers to Open Doors for Older Job-Seekers
-AARP (11/17/05)
Expansion of featured employers program brings value to 50+ workers and companies with hiring needs

Opportunities to Upgrade Skills Attract Workers
-South Florida Sun-Sentinel (11/17/05)
Loredana Arana began her career at Baptist Health South Florida eight years ago in the secretarial pool. Today she's a supervisor in information technology.
Arana, 36, made the jump by adding to her job skills. She regularly attends classes offered by Baptist's organizational learning department. She also is finishing her bachelor's degree at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

Generation Y: They've arrived at work with a new attitude
-USA Today (11/5/05)
They're young, smart, brash. They may wear flip-flops to the office or listen to iPods at their desk. They want to work, but they don't want work to be their life.

Ten Hot Tips for Stretching a Tight Training Budget
-The CEO Refresher (11/05)
If you are a training and development professional on a tight budget, chances are you can stretch it further by applying one or more of these ten tips.

Recipe for Success: English, science, health and job skills
-Town Online Building Community (10/19/05)
Finding the recipe for success after high school is a work in progress; but a new approach at Danvers High School this year could yield robust results.
Eight ninth- and 10-graders are participating in a new venture between Danvers High School and the North Shore Arc which combines classroom instruction with job and life skills.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $125 Million in Competition for the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants
-US Newswire (10/19/05)
The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded $125 million to 70 community colleges competing for the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants. As part of the national response to Hurricane Katrina, the department gave preference to competitive applications from Gulf Coast and Southeast colleges whose programs will be critical to rebuilding the regional economy.

Over 60% of Companies Do Not Believe Their Workforce is Prepared to Meet Future Plans
-Business Wire (10/19/05)
Softscape's "State of Workforce Preparedness" Survey find that companies are struuggling to ensure that their workforce is ready to enable the goals of their organizations.

New ASTD/IBM Study Examines Executives’ Perceptions of the Value of Learning (10/4/05)
Learning is becoming an increasingly important function for companies to develop and maintain individual and organizational skills needed to sustain a competitive advantage, increase efficiencies, and improve business results. CEOs recognize that employee development is critical to meeting business goals, and chief learning officers (CLOs) are called upon to play a more strategic role in organizations. But, are C-level and CLO perceptions of the value of learning in sync?

Business Trainers Back In Demand
-The Massachussets South Coast Today (9/20/05)
As the economy improves and company profits increase, corporate trainers are celebrating the return of something their industry depends on to survive: discretionary spending.

Overcoming Challenges in Learning and Development
-Chief Learning Officer ( (9/05)
Economic, social and technological forces continue to change the global economy and organizations around the world. The adoption of new technologies, the rapid obsolescence of knowledge, the need for just-in-time learning and the search for cost-effective ways to meet the learning needs of a global workforce have redefined the processes that underlie the design, development and delivery of training and education. The Hudson Institute suggests that only 20 percent of today’s workforce has the skills for 60 percent of the jobs in the year 2020. Additionally, demographic changes will have an impact on learning needs. By 2008, a wealth of skills and experience will begin to disappear from the market, as the first members of the baby boomer generation reach early retirement age.

Corporations woo babyboomers: With more than 1 in 4 workers eyeing retirement, companies scrmble to keep valuable employees.
-CNN (9/30/05)
Corporate America is finally waking up to the extensive experience mature employees bring to the table and placing value on the benefits of retaining older workers.
With more than one worker out of four reaching retirement age by the end of the next decade, corporations are now in a mad dash to create a work environment that will convince older employees to forgo the leisurely pleasures of the golf course for the frenetic pace of the office.

DWD: August Local Unemployment Rates Announced (9/21/05)
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman today announced that ten of the state’s twelve metropolitan statistical areas had lower rates in August than they had in July, while two were unchanged. Five of the metro areas had unemployment rates under 4.0 percent in August.

SC Johnson Does More Than Talk
-Information Week (9/17/05)
Company's perks and policies deliver on its promise of an employee-friendly culture.
A lot of companies espouse a lot of "values" when it comes to taking care of their employees. SC Johnson tends to take action around those values. A lot of action.

Hiring Outlook for Fourth Quarter Turns Cautious
-The Business Journal (9/13/05)
Consistent with seasonal trends, recruitment activity is expected to continue in the fourth quarter but at a slower pace, according to a survey by released yesterday. "The extent of the slowdown remains to be seen given recent events on the Gulf Coast," said Matt Ferguson, chief executive officer.

State of the Sector Training
-Workforce Management (8/05)
By focusing on specific, well-defined goals and using cheaper methods like e-learning, employers have increased the amount of instruction they give workers without inflating their training budgets.

Wisconsin College Creates Online RE Courses
-Renewable Energy (8/05)
Madison Area Technical College is launching a major effort to improve the teaching of renewable energy technologies in technical colleges and high schools. The initiative will feature new online courses, interactive learning tools and other resources to better prepare qualified technicians to work in the fast growing renewable energy industry.

Community Colleges Are the Best for America's Economic Future
-The Free Lance-Star ( (8/19/05)
We need to become a "learning society," and community colleges are the most effective institutions currently attempting to accomplish this task. Consider Germanna Community College: For the unskilled, non-high-school graduate, the "Middle College" program offers a high-school-equivalency diploma. For the college student, especially with limited funds or a working adult seeking an advanced education, both academic programs and skilled training programs are offered. For those who wish to pursue other skills, the Center for Workforce and Community Education and non-credit leisure courses exist.

Wisconsin's Tech Employment Shows Increase, HR Firm Reports
-Wisconsin Technology Network (8/18/05)
Wisconsin is showing increasing demand for technical employees, according to a study released on Thursday by the human resources firm Adecco.

In Adecco's "Where the Jobs Are" report, which is released in advance of state unemployment reports, the company states that the Milwaukee and Madison areas have experienced a growth in technical positions in the manufacturing, financial, bioscience and banking industries.

Early Training Drives Kids to Start-Up
-Clearly (8/12/05)
Childhood enterprise training can dramatically increase the chances of youngsters choosing a career in self-employment, according to a new study. A comprehensive survey of over 10,000 secondary school students across Europe reveals that 77% who receive entrepreneurship training say they will consider starting up their own business when they reach adult age.

White House Conference on Anti Aging Long-Term Care Mini Conference Releases Final Conference Recommendations
-Red (8/11/05)
The White House Conference on Aging's Long-Term Care Mini-Conference today released official recommendations developed during a two-day policy summit held this past spring. The goal of the summit was to ensure our nation's long- term care needs will be met in the future.

Participants of the mini-conference, a precursor to the full White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) in December, were tasked with developing proposals specific to long-term care that could be considered for incorporation into final policy recommendations for the President and Congress.

Work calling past retirement age
-The Seattle Times (9/05)
Nearly seven in ten workers plan to stay on the job past retirement age - including a growing number who say the decision will be driven by financial need, a new survey finds.

Mentor Program Blossoms
-The Cincinnati Enquirer (8/7/05)
"Mentees" become mentors at KPMG - and then, often, the mentors go full circle and become "mentees" again as the move up the corporate ladder.

Blended Learning: Reinforcing Results
-Workforce Management (8/05)
It seems intuitive. The more we practice something, the better at that something we become. Yet in today’s workplace, learning professionals are often challenged to produce not just proof that it’s possible to formally accelerate the development of employee capabilities, but a practical roadmap that guarantees results.

Homegrown leaders: Goodwill Industries takes employee education to a new level with "University"
-The Business Journal of Milwaukee (7/05)
On a warm June afternoon in a tidy classroom, instructor Anne Kintopf stoof before 15 students and explained the importance of getting along with others.

Investment classes are a benefit
-The Milwaukee Business Journal (6/24/05)
Once a year, Actuant Corp. sends employees to the company training center for an evening of education on such topics as saving for retirement, 401(k) plans and investment strategies. The Glendale manufacturer started the seminars about three years ago. Since then participation in the company's 401(k) plan has increased, and employees have a better understanding of Actuant's financial goals.

Technical colleges form alliance
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (6/22/05)
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College and Gateway Technical College have formed a new alliance. The three neighboring colleges are teaming up to serve manufacturing companies.

Engineering explores: School program is designed to encourageinterest in math, science
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (6/17/05)
Project Lead The Way is a national program that began eight years ago and is now used in five high schools and three middle schools in MPS. It's designed to help students explore math, science and technology through hands-on experience, said Lauren Baker, coordinator of career and technical education for MPS. MPS launched the program after research showed that thousands of engineering jobs were sitting vacant nationwide.

HR can help stem boomer brain drain
-Society for Human Resource Management (6/16/05)
HR can be a strategic partner in preparing for the labor shortage and brain drain that will occur when 78 million baby boomers retire, said Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, president and CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Students get training for good paying jobs in Wisconsin's booming construction market
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (6/16/05)
Wisconsin construction employment is going up faster than orange barrels in springtime. So far this year, 44 workers have been certified through Big Step training that includes classroom and hands-on lessons in the building trades. Like the 77 who graduated last year, Buford said, most are African-American or Hispanic men, although eight of the 21 who completed the class this month were women.

A Degree of success for Harley employees
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/20/05)
Program allows Harley employees to earn Marquette diplomas with classes at the office.

Board raises charge on some college accounts: EdVest fees to go, down, though
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/25/05)
Fees would be raised for people investing in Tomorrow's Scholar accounts but cut for some of those selecting EdVest accounts, under changes that the state College Savings Program Board approved Monday.

Study urges revamped training in W-2: It says programs should be tailored to business needs
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/25/05)
Education and training for Wisconsin Works clients have been a costly failure and should be sharply curtailed and retooled to meet employer needs, according to a study set for release today.

For-profit colleges attracting more students, growing revenue
-The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/17/05)
More adults are seeking college degrees, and some money managers see an opportunity in a small but growing industry: For profit, post-secondary education.

-Training + Development, Published by ASTD (4/05)

Learning organizations are leading organizations.  You have a huge impact on the learning - and thus the success - of your organization.  That's being recognized at the highest levels.

Reinventing Boston's leadership
-The Boston Globe (3/28/05)
Harvard economist Ed Glaeser argues that creative destruction of corporate entities is inevitable, so our community should focus not on companies but on people and their creativity, diversity, and the capacity to stay at the cutting edge. To do so, our state needs to realign its training and educational resources to today's world in order to close the ''skills gap" and meet the challenge of competition.

A sign of economic times: Area colleges, universities report change in employers' tuition assistance benefits
-The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee (3/25/05)
Milwaukee-area college representatives are optimistic that as the economy improves, employers that cut back will return to more generous tuition reimbursement practices. Some already are noticing an improvement this year.

A cure for the nursing shortage: Alverno College latest school to add graduate degree option for nurses
-The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee (3/25/05)
Alverno College will launch a master of science in nursing program in fall 2005, another sign of the growing effort nationwide to recruit more nurses to the role of teacher.

Tools for knowledge workers: Start-up launches software to help people think more productively
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/18/05)
A 3-year-old company called Nth Degree Software Inc. that, armed with a flagship software product, aims to improve the way people think.

YMCA helps corporate world get into shape
-The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee (3/11/05)
The Y's Employee Wellness Program, an initiative designed to bring wellness into the workplace and more people into the Y.

Executives feeling bullish, to a point: Skilled workers will be harder to find, survey says
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/9/05)
Business will be good this year, with sales and profits increasing, according to a survey by TEC International, an organization of presidents and chief executives of mostly private companies. But the improving economy will make it harder to find skilled workers, a situation complicated by the rising cost of health insurance, the survey also found.

Research: What do you spend on training? What should you be spending?
-Training + Development, Published by ASTD (3/05)
Have no idea what your organization should be spending on training? There
are a number of places to look for external benchmarks regarding learning
expenditures, based on what kind of organization you have—or what kind
of organization you want to become.

ASTD BEST AWARD PROFILE/KLA-TENCOR: Yielding the Best Teachers, Leaders
-Training + Development, Published by ASTD (3/05)
KLA-Tencor, a 2004 ASTD BEST Award winner, provides the ultimate executive education— its own.

Worker shortage in the making? Lack of skilled employees could become serious, manufacturers fear
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/7/05)
The United States faces a severe shortage of skilled workers if current employment and job training trends continue...

Job market offers improved outlook for college grads
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/7/05)
Demand for educated workers is rising and presenting the best job market for new college graduates since before the 2001 recession. But campus career counselors warn it's still no cakewalk for the class of 2005.

Certified interpreters not in all courtrooms: Testing effort brings some progress
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/1/05)
One year after the Wisconsin court system began training and testing courtroom interpreters to ensure that they are capable in an era of increased diversity, some county officials continue to rely heavily on certified Spanish interpreters.

Fed official focuses on jobless: He urges training for displaced workers to keep economy healthy
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/1/05)
If America wants the high living standard that comes from a dynamic economy, it needs to help the rising number of people whose jobs are lost to technological advances and global competition...

Adelman uses Travel Academy to train existing, future agents
-The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee (2/28/05)
Adelman Travel Group, one of the largest travel management firms in Wisconsin, has been running its own training school to address what the agency sees as a shortage of travel consultants.

Some technically skilled workders in high demand
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2/24/05)
Economic growth continues to fuel hiring, according to a national report, and state and local observers confirm that some technically skilled workers are in high demand.

State establishes financial literacy council
-The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee (2/23/05)
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle formed a panel of state government, business and financial experts to advise him on how government, the private sector and community groups can improve financial know-how in Wisconsin.

Printing group moves training arm to campus
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (2/16/05)
The National Association for Printing is moving its professional development department to WCTC.

It's 2008: Do You Know Where Your Talent Is? Why Acquisition and Retention Strategies Don't Work
-A Deloitte Research Study (2/11/05)
Resumes abound, yet companies still feverishly search for the people who make the difference between 10 percent and 20 percent annual growth, or between profit and loss. Critical talent is scarce, and about to become much more scarce because of two looming trends: the retirement of the Baby Boom generation and a growing skills gap.

When it Comes to Establishing Effective Budgets for Training and Development, are HR Directors Merely Guessing?
-HR Solutions, Inc. (1/27/05)
Research conducted over the past year indicates that many Human Resource departments may be misspending substantial amounts of management training dollars. Between August 2003 and July 2004, nearly 300 managers were asked to rank eight separate training categories by level of importance.

Company offers its employees English classes
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, (1/13/05)
Franksville's Quick Cable wants better communication, increased safety

Worlds largest human capital study reveals key trends
- PricewaterhouseCoopers, (01/05)
World's largest human capital study reveals key trends across economic recovery, remuneration and investment in leadership
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2004 ASTD State of the Industry Report
- American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
A report on trends in workforce training in the United States.

Workforce Engagement Research Underscores Importance of Opportunities for Employee Learning and Development Performance Assessment Network, Inc.
-Performance Assessment Network (12/22/04)
Findings of pan's 2004 National Study on Workforce Engagement indicate a strong link between training/development opportunities and workforce engagement, which is critical to positive business outcomes.

Lessons from Employer Survey
-Dr. Sammis White, Spring (2004)
A web survey conducted by UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education's Center for Workforce Development of Human Resource professionals in Southeast Wisconsin

Participation in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning: 2000-01
-National Center for Education Statistics (2004)
A report from the National Households Education Survey counducted in 2001 on the educational activities of adults in the U.S.

Low-Income Adults in Profile: Improving Lives Through Higher Education
-American Council on Education (ACE) with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, (2/04)
This Report describes the low-income adult student population, outlines the many challenges that they face, and explains the economic and social rationales for ensuring that low-income adults succeed in college. Addressing these challenges are critical to our shared desire for a well-educated, diverse citizenry and workforce.

Benefits and Barriers to College for Low-Income Adults
-Anthony P. Carnevale and Bonna M. Desrochers, (2/04)
" Since the early 1980 s, it has become apparent that postsecondary education and training have emerged as the threshold qualifications for the vast majority of good jobs. Conseq uently, a job alone can no longer guarantee full social inclusion. All adults need some postsecondary education and training to be full participants in the economy and society."

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