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Why Investing In Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense

Why Investing In Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
In an otherwise highly partisan time, it’s reassuring that there is something both parties can agree on. Apprenticeship is a good long-term play, regardless of the election outcome.
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Had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas Wyman today at the SC Apprenticeship Luncheon.
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How to Conduct a Learning Audit - Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media

How to Conduct a Learning Audit - Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Learning and development strategies are like trends — they come and they go. A learning audit can help identify which strategies will produce exactly what the workforce and business need to succeed.
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Companies must align staffing, training and development strategies for effective execution of the overall business strategy.  Conducting a SWOT analysis or learning audit, is essential to ensure alignment.
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See the Forest for the Trees

See the Forest for the Trees | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
What should learning and development professionals focus on, organizational or workforce development?
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This is a good article on regarding the lens in which an organization views learning and development.  
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Department of Education: Timeline of Growth

Department of Education: Timeline of Growth | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
1787: The Northwest Ordinance provides grants of federal land for the establishment of educational institutions.1
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Good historical timeline of federal legislation regarding K12 and Higher Education.

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Essay criticizes pundits who claim there is no value in higher education | Inside Higher Ed

Essay criticizes pundits who claim there is no value in higher education | Inside Higher Ed | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, June 11, 2013 6:13 AM

We often hear about college in regards to "Return on Investment", but what about "Return on Expectation"?  What did you hope your college degree would do for you?  Was it to expand your mind and become a well rounded citizen or was it to gain the knowledge and credentials to enter into a specific professional field.  I think when people know why they want to earn a college degree, they will do better in making the right choice.

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14 Rules Of The New Workplace That Millennials Need To Master

14 Rules Of The New Workplace That Millennials Need To Master | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
To navigate a rapidly changing economy, Gen Y career expert Dan Schawbel says millennials need to master a new set of rules that aren’t taught in school.
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, September 4, 2013 5:56 AM

There has been a shift in the workplace that the employee owns their career and not the company.  Individuals are in charge of their professional development and gaining skills through education and work experience.  This is an empowering and liberating concept, but for some it is frustating and terrifying as they have not developed the knowledge and skills to survive in the new emergent job market.

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The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
The share of men aged 25 to 54 who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, with many having decided that low-wage jobs will not improve their lives.
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, December 13, 2014 5:45 AM

“Technological advances have eliminated many of the jobs in which high school graduates once could earn $40 an hour, or more….85 percent of prime-age men without jobs do not have bachelor’s degrees.”  -  This is the crux of the issue.  Available high paying jobs require specific post-secondary education, training, and experience.  Simply earning a bachelor’s degree in any subject is not sufficient, as many college graduates find out upon graduation.  Today’s worker needs to explore educational opportunities beyond high school and that are directly tied to an employable field such as: computer networking, welding, programmable logic control, industrial maintenance, production operator, nursing, accounting, sales, retail management, etc.  Many of these professions use to hire high school graduates, but with the advances of technology and the need to hire quality workers, they now require at least an Associate of Arts/Science degree offered at local community colleges.  The American Community College system will continue to play an even greater role in the development of America’s 21st Century workforce.      

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Paper Pushers and Sociologist C. Wright Mills

Paper Pushers and Sociologist C. Wright Mills | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it

C. Wright Mills foresaw the plight of today’s politically feeble, emotionally brittle white-collar masses.


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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, June 9, 8:37 AM
"As there are not enough stimulating jobs for the hordes of college graduates we see descending upon us in the years to come like swarms of hungry locusts, they will have to take jobs that satisfy, or perhaps even now do not satisfy, the high-school graduate" (Mills, 1951, p. 247).  Amazing this was written over 60 years ago.  This prediction has been fully realized in the early decades of the 21st Century.  Society is reconsidering the benefits of a college degree and the status of a white collar profession in comparison to the benefits of a technical education, opportunities, and wages of a non-white collar technical worker.
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Take Charge of Your Professional Development

Take Charge of Your Professional Development | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Tips for helping yourself grow, even without your company’s support.
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The end of summer beginning of fall always brings back the feeling of excitement for me of starting a new semester and the excitement of learning.  That excitement can get lost as we progress in our career, especially if the opportunity for formal professional development does not exist in your current organization.  This article is a good reminder of the fact that we are in charge of our own professional development and provides some good strategies for creating our own plan.  I have also attached a link to Saylor.org which offers free courses that can support your personal/professional development plan.  http://www.saylor.org/pathways/career-related-courses/

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Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 10, 2015 11:55 AM

The end of summer beginning of fall always brings back the feeling of excitement for me of starting a new semester and the excitement of learning.  That excitement can get lost as we progress in our career, especially if the opportunity for formal professional development does not exist in your current organization.  This article is a good reminder of the fact that we are in charge of our own professional development and provides some good strategies for creating our own plan.  I have also attached a link to Saylor.org which offers free courses that can support your personal/professional development plan.  http://www.saylor.org/pathways/career-related-courses/

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The Age of Agile Leadership

The Age of Agile Leadership | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
The digital economy requires a new kind of leader, one who can energize, build and lead people in a direction that will benefit a complex set of customers and stakeholders.
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Another great article regarding the importance of a leader's responsibility to create an environment where their people can use their creative talents and knowledge to reach business objectives.  Employees are not cogs in the wheel or should be viewed merely as an expense; rather they are the asset that needs to be cared for, developed, and unleashed  to grow the business.  

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Return on Expectations: 7 Critical Flaws that Undermine Training Effectiveness | Leadership | Training Industry

Return on Expectations: 7 Critical Flaws that Undermine Training Effectiveness | Leadership | Training Industry | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
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Excellent article regarding the pitfalls of trying to assess the effectiveness of learning and development.

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Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent?

Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent? | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
With servant leadership, a leader's primary role is to serve employees. Everyone from Lao-Tzu to Max De Pree thinks this a wonderful model. Why, then, is this style so rare among CEOs?
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I have been reading Robert Greenleaf's original essay regarding "Servant as Leader" written in 1970. I believe fully in the philosophy and desire to model my own leadership style based on the philosophy of servant leadership. I have also, through experience come to accept that not all employees respond to servant leadership. Some employees need a traditional command and control leader. Servant leadership is prevalent and effective, but the leader must be flexible, continuously take the temperature of their team and attract the right team members who will respond to servant leadership in a productive manner.

 

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Mike Rowe Responds to College Student Who Advocated Removing American Flag

Mike Rowe Responds to College Student Who Advocated Removing American Flag | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Former "Dirty Jobs" host and "Deadliest Catch" narrator Mike Rowe sounded off about Tucker Carlson's recent interview with a Massachusetts college student who supported the removal of the American flag from his campus.
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Great interview with Mike Rowe....he has some great insights into American higher education, the ROI of a $250,000 undergraduate degree, and finding happiness and meaning in your work versus trying to find a career that will make you happy.
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Apprenticeship

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Excellent article on apprenticeship and their importance in the field of workforce development. The author is critical of higher education, in particular four (4) year institutions, that they do not adequately prepare students for technical and traditionally “blue collar” work. However, the role of universities is not to prepare students for technical positions. The technical community college system in each state is charged with providing the job related technical education for positions such as CNC Programmers, Industrial Maintenance Technicians, Welders, PLC Programmers and front line operators. The author is correct that apprenticeships are needed in this country to establish a partnership between industry, education and the individual job seeker. But the issue is not what is being taught in Universities, but rather recruiting students into technical fields. Social status matters in the United States and as a nation we have sent the message that the goal for everyone is upward social mobility into the professional ranks which requires a bachelor of arts and/or a graduate degree. The message that needs to be sent is that all work is honorable and there is a demand for technically trained and skilled workers. Apprenticeship is the vehicle for preparing these workers and connecting industry, technical educational institutions, and job seekers together to prepare the next generation of skilled technical workers.
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Cutting Federal Aid for K-12 Education

Cutting Federal Aid for K-12 Education | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Federal control over K-12 education has risen dramatically in recent decades.
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This article provides a solid historical account of the Department of Education.
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What If The Path Isn't Clear? Top 5 Tips For Career Development

What If The Path Isn't Clear? Top 5 Tips For Career Development | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
I admitted to not having worked with a clear long term & well defined development plan and spoke about 5 things that made a real difference in my career. (What If The Path Isn't Clear?
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:45 AM

One of the greatest advantages a professional in today's emergent and changing job market can have is adopting a protean career mindset.  This means that you are in charge of your professional development plan and you are in charge of managing your own career.  The concept of career autonomy is both liberating and empowering.  This article shares some good insights into developing and managing your career.

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Apprenticeships: An Underutilized Development Tool - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity

Apprenticeships: An Underutilized Development Tool - Chief Learning Officer, Solutions for Enterprise Productivity | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, July 25, 2013 6:01 AM

The word "Apprenticeship" has different meanings for different people. However, as this article points out, apprenticeships are simply a strucutured and intensive on-boarding and training program.  Any position can be structured into an apprenticeship.  Elements of an apprenticeship program include on the job experience, mentoring, job related technical education, pay progression plan, and competency documentation. 

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Class Matters - Social Class and Education in the United States of America - The New York Times - New York Times

Class Matters - Social Class and Education in the United States of America - The New York Times - New York Times | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
College dropouts make up one of the largest and fastest-growing groups of young adults in America. Most, like Andy Blevins, come from poor and working-class families.
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Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, November 13, 2014 6:07 AM

 This article was written in 2005 and before the Great Recession in 2008.  Many college graduates find themselves in a similar economic situation as college dropouts did 10 years ago; bumping along in an okay paying job, but not feeling in control of their future.  These graduates question the value of their degree.  The conversation regarding college and its importance is shifting from the message of simply earning a degree to a focus on what specifically will a student study and how that links to an evolving and emergent economy.  

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Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce

Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Job seekers face being shut out of middle-skill, middle-class occupations by employers’ rising demand for a bachelor’s degree.
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Apprenticeship - CATO Institute

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November is Apprenticeship appreciation month in South Carolina.  The skills gap continues to be an issue in the United State with companies searching for qualified workers and citizens.  Apprenticeship is a partnership model between business/industry, K12/higher education, and workers.
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5 Ways to Ensure Critical Knowledge Transfer

5 Ways to Ensure Critical Knowledge Transfer | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Companies routinely watch deep smarts walk out the door when experts retire or leave. But there are tactics learning leaders can use to transfer this critical knowledge.
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I love the evolution of Buzz words and will be watching to see if "deep smarts" takes a foot hold in the vocabulary of learning professionals.  Regardless, this is a great article reminding organizational leaders of the importance of systematically capturing and transferring information from experienced employees.  Although this article focuses on the impending retirement of baby boomers, the reality is that we live in a transient work environment, where employees are constantly coming and going.  Many organizational leaders fear the loss of productivity when experienced workers leave, but the transient workforce is a reality and one that needs to be embraced.  Knowledge transfer should focus on capturing and sharing information, as well forgetting some ways of doing things.  An organization needs to embrace ideas and new ways of doing things that come with each new employee, while maintaining productivity.   

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, August 31, 2015 7:32 PM

5 maneiras para garantir a Transferência do aprendizado em educação corporativa.


1- garanta que os novatos conheçam os profissionais-fonte das boas praticas na organização;

2- treine especialistas para serem mentores das geracoes futuras;

3- ajude os menos experientes a aprenderem onde estão os profissionais especialistas;

4- se transferencia do aprendizado é  imediato, busque ferramentas e tecnologias que atendam necessidades identificadas nas entrevistas de saída;

5- construa um DNA organizacional para transferencia de aprendizado.


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DDI Blog | Are We Missing the Mark on How to Develop Leaders? | DDI

DDI Blog | Are We Missing the Mark on How to Develop Leaders? | DDI | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
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Connecting classroom learning to real world application and obtaining the support of senior leaders to reinforce skills is key to success.

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Lessons From the Sochi Olympics in Overcoming Workplace Challenges

Lessons From the Sochi Olympics in Overcoming Workplace Challenges | Learning and Workforce Development | Scoop.it
Despite being the most expensive Olympics in history, several buildings and arenas hosting  the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were structurally incomplete less than 72 hours before …
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Engaged and successful employees are those who despite poor working conditions, challenging co-workers, and lack of resources, still produce quality work and maintain a high level of professionalism.  However, if organizational challeges persist over a long period of time, these highly engaged workers will eventually move on to another opportunity.

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Increasing Training ROI Best Practices for Implementation & Sustainment - YouTube

Interested in a better approach to making learning initiatives stick? Do you want your organization's leaders to get more involved in learning initiatives? R...
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