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Join us in New Orleans from November 3 to 5, 2020 for our annual CAEL Conference

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CAEL President Marie A. Cini Discusses the New Normal College Student

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Adult Student Success, Trends in Higher Education, Adult Learning, Employee Training, Adult Learning Success, Skills Gap

Is it obvious to most observers that the way college is depicted on the silver screen is only a pale imitation of what higher education truly offers to learners, especially when it comes to so-called nontraditional students? (Think: Melissa McCarthy's character in the 2018 comedy "Life of the Party.") Hollywood continues to perpetuate the enduring perception that college is still merely a haven for young people to let loose, and that narrative comes at the expense of a rising tide with more and more adult students. We need to stop thinking of these students as fish out of water and realize that they represent the new normal of higher education.

CAEL President Marie A. Cini is responding to that narrative with one of her own.

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Skills Gaps Can Shrink: CAEL Brings Community and Industry Stakeholders Together, from New York City to Houston

Posted by Matthew DeMarco

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management, Employee Training, Skills Gap

Linking learning and work is not a one-size-fits-all process. Aligning the interests and actions of multiple parties—including job seekers, industry stakeholders, regional government and workforce bodies, and educational institutions—is a challenging task, but the results can significantly improve outcomes for all of the players involved.

Recently, CAEL has undertaken multiple projects to enhance workforce pipelines by connecting job seekers with the training they need so they can fill the jobs their regions are known for, as well as to enter career paths those job seekers might not have even considered previously, providing new sources of talent for employers who are in need of skilled people.

We sat down with Lewis Brown, director of client relations here at CAEL, to discuss two of the recent projects that CAEL has pursued in partnership with the petrochemical industry in Texas and the financial services sector in New York City.


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Amazon's HQ2: A Lesson in Skills Gaps

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Talent Management, Employee Training, Skills Gap

Amazon announced its choices for the coveted HQ2 locations more than two months ago, and the decision continues to elicit commentary nationwide. Of course, given everything at stake—Amazon says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 new jobs across the two locations—it’s no surprise that the decision continues to be a topic of discussion.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos attributed his company’s decision to open its additional headquarters in Northern Virginia and New York City to the supply of “world-class talent” in both areas. Framed that way, it’s easy to see how leaders in other communities—not just those that were in the running for HQ2, but also those that have future aspirations to invite such economic development to their regions—could come away from Amazon’s decision second-guessing their own talent pipelines.

If economic heavyweights like Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas failed to win over Amazon, how are other communities to compete?

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A Modern-day Rosetta Stone for the Future of Work

Posted by Michelle R. Weise

Topics: Talent Management, Adult Learning, Employee Training, Baby Boomers, Millennials, Skills Gap

Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. She is the senior vice president of workforce strategies for Strada Education Network and is also the Chief Innovation Officer. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to promising and meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives.
 
Join Michelle R. Weise this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores key findings from recent research.
 

 
Policymakers, educators and employers are vigorously debating how best to prepare Americans for the future of work. There are those who believe that the “hard” skills of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are most critical to the future, and those who believe the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts are the ones that will endure in the face of automation. At Strada Institute for the Future of Work, we say, “both, and.” It is the integration of human and technical skills that will provide the best preparation for the future of work: programing and ethics; artificial intelligence (AI) and emotional intelligence; logic with values and judgment.
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America’s Employers Value Skills and Experience

Posted by Carol D'Amico

Topics: Employee Retention, Talent Management, Adult Learning, Employee Training

Carol D'Amico is the executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy for the Strada Education Network. She is is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development and business-led involvement in education reform.
 
Join Carol D’Amico this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores these insights and shares new findings from Strada and Gallup’s research on pathways from education to employment.
 

 
There’s good news for experiential learners! Hiring professionals focus on a job applicant’s personal and technical skills, their interview presentation and previous work experience when making hiring decisions, according to a new national survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup. This will come as no surprise to CAEL members, who understand the often-overlooked value of previous work experience. This is just one finding about the value and relevance of experiential learning from the survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup.
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Modeling One's Own Racism

Posted by Stephen Brookfield

Topics: Adult Learning, Employee Training, Student Stories

Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, where he recently won the university's Diversity Leadership Teaching & Research Award. In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning."
 
He'll join us as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16.
 

 
Learning to lead, particularly where racist dynamics are concerned, is a complex task. Leaders are adult learners, constantly learning about the practice of leadership and also trying to support the learning of adult colleagues. But our attempts to help the people we work with to move forward in their understanding of racism can backfire if we are not critically reflective about our own practice. The brief story below illustrates this.
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How Some Manufacturers are Building the Workforce of the Future

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Employee Training, Skills Gap

According to a report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, there will be two million manufacturing jobs that will have to be filled over the next decade, contrary to incorrect assumptions that manufacturing is dead. Owing to the looming skills gap between workplace needs and the existing available talent, the report suggests that an average U.S. manufacturer could stand to lose an average of $14,000 per open position that remains unfilled.

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Why Google’s New $50 Million Upskilling Initiative Matters

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Skills Gap

USA Today reports that Google.org—Google’s philanthropic arm—has pledged $50 million to better prepare workers to handle the demands of today’s rapidly evolving job market.

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New College Programs Nationwide Prove Reports of Manufacturing’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Recruiting Talent, Trends in Higher Education, Employee Training

Think manufacturing is dead? The growing number of new manufacturing degree programs nationwide says otherwise. As we’ve seen, in many cases manufacturing hasn’t left so much as it has evolved. Now, higher education institutions are giving students an education that employers say they’ll need to handle modern manufacturing demands, demands that have lead to thousands of unfilled positions nationwide.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania: A Lesson on the Importance of Workforce Dynamism

Posted by Brian Sorenson

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Training, Talent Mobility

The New York Times recently shared a look at how the shuttering of manufacturers impacts the rest of a community’s economy, and it paints a bleak portrait.

Looking at Johnstown, Pa., a town that was long bolstered by a thriving steel industry which has since foundered, the article draws attention to men and women outside that industry who have been affected by the closure of area steel mills. 

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