New Tool for Healthcare Job Seekers

The Department of Labor (DOL) created a Virtual Career Network to provide job seekers with a comprehensive portal for jobs in the healthcare industry.  This portal offers individuals the opportunity to explore over 80 different career options in healthcare and provides them with information and access to jobs nationwide.

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RTW Featured in Austin Can Academy Promotional Video

Austin Can Academy recently developed this marketing video to spread the word about its drop-out prevention program. This video features the ReadyToWork® PASS Program as a key feature that provides students with individualized programming that increases the graduation rate by helping students realize their post-secondary options.

RTW College Readiness Programming Receives Accolades

ReadyToWork® (RTW), a local provider of workforce readiness solutions has team members on each of the ten Texans Can campuses to provide college and career counseling assistance to prepare students for college, vocational training, workforce readiness or entry into the military. Texans Can Academies is a nonprofit charter high school organization serving mostly at-risk youths who have struggled in a traditional high school setting. The dedicated professionals of RTW take special pride – with a big dose of satisfaction – as Texans Can Academy students are transformed into well-prepared graduates.”

Read more at The Dallas Weekly.

94% of Students at Dropout Prevention High Schools Accepted to College

ReadyToWork® is credited with helping Texans Can students achieve college and career readiness success during the 2011-2012 school year through its ReadyToWork® Career Centers.

Read more at: www.texasinsider.org

Mentoring Antidote for Low Motivation

We often see students who seem to have access to all of the resources necessary to be successful but lack the motivation to actually be successful.  What factors contribute to their lack of motivation?  What role do educators play when they notice that students lack motivation?  In a recent article titled Youth Mentoring in Perspective, Jean E. Rhodes explores the role of mentoring and individualized attention as an antidote for low student motivation.

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Increased Workplace Violence Illustrates Need for Stress Management Training

Most people were excited about the arrival of beepers and cell phones; these new pieces of technology were supposed to revolutionize the way we did business.  They were charged with increasing productivity by increasing our accessibility to the office.  In some cases, they did.  However, more recently, we have noticed that many people are finding that the instant access is causing high pressure and consequently creating high stress environments as demands for quicker turnarounds are increasing.  People even started referring to their technology as a “crackberry.”

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School & Community Programs serve as alternative to “Pipeline to Prison”

Many U.S. school aged students are known for the occasional classroom disruptions: making jokes, passing love notes, picking on other students and sadly, even telling-off a teacher; one would be misinformed to believe otherwise. However, while these disruptions are considered “normal student behavior,” school officials see it differently and that difference is cause for police patrolling school grounds.

In 2010, there were 20,400 school age youths arrested which represents about 30 percent of all arrests that year. Based on the Texas Appleseed report, “Working to Shut Off the Pipeline to Prison” by Hilgers, King and Bryce, the problem with sending this many students through the juvenile justice system is the impact it has on the students long term. In fact, the report suggests that adult criminal behavior among young people often stems from school based youthful misbehavior that left youth in the juvenile justice system.

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Universal Dislocated Worker Program…Finally!

American workers deserve assistance getting back to work.  After all, they got the education or training needed, completed internships, and went to work day in and day out like they were told to.  It is not their fault that other countries’ cheaper exports, due to substandard wages and conditions, are affecting their ability to remain competitive.  And most importantly, they’re not asking for a handout, they’re asking for help to get back on their feet.   After reading President Obama’s proposal to consolidate two major job training programs- The Dislocated Worker program of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program- to ultimately create a “Universal Dislocated Worker Program” that would provide reemployment services, $4,000 training awards, support to pursue training or look for work, as well as wage insurance for older workers, I could not help but think: “What took them so long? And why is something as important as this- something that could clearly help our sagging economy move along- still at the proposal stage.”

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Thinking About Attending a Technical School? Do Your Homework!

Commercials for technical schools appear on television every hour of every day.  As a result, many may catch themselves humming the quirky commercial jingles without intention.  If these technical schools have done something right, it’s advertising.  However, they seem to be leaving something out of their ‘too good to be true’ television offers.  The average high school student is looking for the easiest and fastest way to get to the top, an obvious target.  When one of these students comes into class and declares that they’ll be done with nursing school in nine months and it’s only going to cost them $15,000, there’s an obvious concern.

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Industry Growth in Texas Suggests Economy is Strengthening

The unemployment rate has been an issue of concern for several years now.  Some U.S. cities have recovered from the recession better than others and the current unemployment rate varies by state, with the national average being around 8.3 percent.

According to Bill Bowen, Texas is making progress towards lowering the unemployment rate.  In December, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent—the lowest rate since April 2009.  Industries that have added the most jobs this year include the oil industry, business and professional services, hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities.

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