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Alternative paths to the middle class

The unbundling of education and the momentum building for short-term credentials shows end users that a degree isn’t the only way to earn and learn a living. Mark Schneider from the American Institutes for Research penned a feature,  The Value of Sub-baccalaureate Credentials, for the journal Issues in Science and Technology with helpful insights for advocates and…

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WorkforceZone Summer 2015 edition now online

The Summer 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area. The magazine-style report helps inform stakeholders, customers, community leaders, and state/federal officials of important progress for the region’s public workforce system. The PDF version is available as a 3mb…

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Newton County Celebrates Work Ready Designation

Newton and Barry counties joined Jasper County as fully-certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC).  The Joplin Metro is now Missouri’s first MSA certified as work ready.   Remaining counties in the WIB and JRP areas are closing in on their goals, helping build work-ready regions and corridors.  CWRC and NCRC™ investments already are paying off with…

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Employers embrace Digital Badges for skill credentials

The unbundling of education and innovations in career pathways point toward a brighter future. The Institute for Credentialing Excellence provides an excellent of the emerging role for Digital Badges. This ICE Digest article covers the bases of opportunities, methods, challenges, and benefits. Fortune 500 employers confirmed their optimism in focus group research conducted by Professional Examination Service.…

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WorkforceZone Winter 2015 Edition

It’s part annual report and part professional journal.  The Winter 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area.  Check out the downloadable PDF online (18mb) for the following features. KOAM and KSN TV covered a legislative open house…

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Targeting middle skill jobs for competitiveness

The demand for “middle-skills” jobs—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree—remains high, yet the lack of a properly skilled workforce is hindering the ability of American businesses to compete globally. Similarly, a lack of relevant skills is hurting the average American’s ability to…