April 30, 2016
By Stephen S. Tang The presidential primary caravan has pulled out of town, but the election is far from over. After the bruising primary season winds down, the candidates must navigate the national conventions, more debates, and, finally, Election Day. Along the way, we will continue to hear more about economic growth and job creation. As economic access and inclusion are increasingly part of the national conversation, it will be important for candidates to recognize that technology offers an opportunity to significantly narrow the widening gap of inequality.
April 4, 2016
Kevin R. Johnson is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center When it comes to addressing Philadelphia's persistently high poverty rate, what many people fail to understand is that creating jobs is simply not enough. There must be educational investment in the very neighborhoods struggling the most. In a city where an estimated two-thirds of its residents read at an eighth-grade level, or below, we must build creative pathways to employment.
December 29, 2015 |
Energy, utility, and construction companies need workers, but they often struggle to find the right recruits. "Number one, it's getting the word out that we're hiring. Number two, it's also getting the word out that a career in the energy industry is open to a broader population than job seekers may have thought," said Sally J. Nadler, who heads workforce development efforts at PSEG. The company is particularly looking to bring more women into jobs replacing gas mains, upgrading energy substations, and reading meters, she said.
June 19, 2015 |
There's part time - and then there's the shift that Olivia Smith-Bey, 20, said she worked Wednesday at McDonald's. A stunning 56 minutes. "I got there at 2 p.m. and clocked in," she said. "Not even an hour. " There wasn't enough business, she said, so she was sent home, after spending $2.25 each way to get from her house in West Philadelphia to the restaurant in North Philadelphia. "I was upset," she said. Smith-Bey could be Exhibit A in a study of part-time workers that is to be released Thursday by Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, in New Brunswick.
February 19, 2015 |
Camden officials on Tuesday announced a new job-training program they said would connect local companies with city residents and prepare workers for jobs in construction, building trades, and other fields. The program, which is funded by a $500,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is also aimed at preparing residents for job opportunities that may arise as companies start relocating to Camden in the years to come. The money will go to establishing apprenticeships and training through Camden County College, labor unions, and the business community, said U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, one of the officials who spoke Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at Camden's Malandra Hall community center.
September 12, 2014 |
With a whir reminiscent of science-fiction movies, 15 minutes, and a well-designed model in the computer, Burlington County College's newest piece of equipment created a small, plastic machine part Wednesday morning. The school's new 3-D printer, donated by a local defense contractor, will be at the center of a workforce development program the college hopes will train students in the three-dimensional scanning and printing technologies that have gained popularity in recent years.
March 28, 2014 |
Philanthropists John and Leigh Middleton are recipients of the 2013 Philadelphia Award, the venerable honor established in 1921 by Ladies' Home Journal editor Edward W. Bok. The Middletons - whose family business, tobacco and cigar maker John Middleton Co., was sold in 2007 for $2.9 billion - have largely directed their philanthropy to education, homelessness, and workforce development projects. Among the more notable beneficiaries of their largesse are the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Academies, the Philadelphia Youth Network, Teach for America, and Penn Medicine's Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative.
September 7, 2013 |
Waiting for the instructor's cue, the class repeated the words out loud: " Parque bajo el puente. " Or "park under the bridge," translated into English. The dozen students were employees of Holt Logistics Corp. and Gloucester Marine Terminal, both in Gloucester City. They were learning Spanish as a second language thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The state agency provides the money under a joint program with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association - the umbrella group for the state's business community - and the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development of 19 schools.
April 20, 2013 |
New Jersey's payrolls expanded by 8,100 jobs in March and the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from 9.3 percent in February, the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. While the state's rate is well above the nation's March unemployment rate of 7.6, it is the lowest it has been since early 2012. In an election year, whether that's good or not good enough depends a whole lot on politics. In the not-good-enough camp is New Jersey State Sen. Barbara Buono, a Democrat who is running for governor against Gov. Christie, a Republican.