Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday said the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is now taking applications from various groups looking to set up new workforce development programs in specific communities around the state. The Labor Education Alignment Program will hand out grants of up to $1 million each to ECD agencies, chambers of commerce, community colleges, school districts and/or companies that can show they are suffering from a shortage of skilled workers.
“Our goal with the Drive to 55 is to encourage more Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school, so that they can ultimately get better jobs and create better lives,” Haslam said. “The LEAP competition will create partnerships between employers and higher education institutions that will be an important step in making this goal a reality.”
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Fewer than one in four teenagers in Tennessee held a job in the past year, according to a report issued Monday. Young 20-somethings had better luck and saw employment rates in line with the national average, but state officials say the issue of getting our young people to work has become more pressing since the Great Recession. Andrea Zelinski has more.
A recent Manpower survey says two out of five employers are still having a tough time finding skilled labor despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate. That, says Dennis McCafferty at Baseline, has more business investing in training and mentoring programs.
Middle Tennessee's efforts to fill its shortage of IT workers — 1,200 at last count — is getting some priceless national pub courtesy of Fast Company's Alissa Walker. Included in the piece is a challenge for local executives from local tech entrepreneur Nicholas Holland about changing the ways they run their businesses. His message: Let go of the reins and focus more on results.
"Right now, there's a lack of resources so everyone is trying to entice and incentivize the same tech pool," he says. "Larger firms, especially in Nashville, like healthcare firms have the ability to throw a lot of money at the problem, but many workers are looking for other things like a fuller career path, or an ecosystem that supports their personal lives."
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The talent shortage locally in a number of technology sectors continues to bedevil many growing organizations, but Vanderbilt University School of Engineering professor Douglas Schmidt says employers can help themselves by getting more involved with the region's colleges and universities.
Nissan officials this week hosted a grand opening of a $2 million facility in the Dallas area that will train up to 1,000 service technicians each year. The facility is the third of six the car maker, which has 11 training centers across the country, is building.
Each is equipped with modern video and computer imaging in classrooms as well as hands-on work areas for major components such as engines and transmissions. The new Irving center has 23 repair bays, 12 lifts and two alignment racks in a climate-controlled facility.
HealthStream looks like it will be picking up some new subscribers to its online training services in the world of University of Alabama-Birmingham, says Avondale Partners analyst Richard Close. University officials recently said they will rebrand the HealthStream platform their Health Services Foundation began using in 2003 and take it systemwide.
Another advantage of the new learning management system will be the ability to self-register for elective learning courses, in addition to regulatory courses, from a single sign-on access point. Now, if a physician needs to take courses for research-related purposes and regulatory courses to meet state or federal requirements, he or she doesn’t have to go to several different locations. Individuals can search for the course they need and register for it on the new Faculty and Staff Learning System site.
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