U.S. Sen. John Boozman (left) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (right) are shown in this combination photo. President Donald Trump's administration "will withdraw plans to end the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center program," according to U.S. Sen. John Boozman and U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, both Arkansas Republicans. Under pressure from Congress, the U.S. departments of Labor and Agriculture announced the decision Wednesday evening, according to a joint news release from Boozman and Westerman. "I think they were very, very surprised with the amount of blow-back they got from this," said Boozman. "These programs have touched a lot of people for decades." On May 24, the Department of Agriculture announced the proposed closure of nine of the Forest Service's 25 Civilian Conservation Centers "without prior notice or consulting Congress," according to the release. The other 16 centers were to continue under a new contract operator or partnership overseen by the Department of Labor. One … [Read more...] about Officials withdraw plan to close Job Corps sites
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Gonzalo Birrueta didn’t just like playing video games as a kid; he liked thinking about how they were made. In middle school, he’d experiment with coding, watching YouTube videos for help. But it was easy to lose motivation—he didn’t have many people he could talk to about coding in Quincy, a rural town of 7,000 perched above the Columbia River in Central Washington state. Computer science offerings have grown over the past 10 years, but rigorous courses can be hard to come by, especially in rural areas. While 58% of rural schools report teaching some type of computer science class, less than half of those actually teach coding, and only 8% offer an Advanced Placement option. But when Birrueta arrived at Quincy High School, he had several computer science classes waiting for him. Quincy had just partnered with TEALS, a free program run by Microsoft Philanthropies that trains tech industry employees to teach computer science lessons in partnership with … [Read more...] about How the tech industry created a teaching corps for rural schools
GRAND JUNCTION — The U.S. Department of Labor says the Forest Service will stop operating Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, slating nine for closure. The Daily Sentinel reported that 16 of the job centers will stay open under new operators or partnerships, including the center at Grand Mesa High School in Collbran. School principal Wendy Nichols says they’re trying to continue operating the education and career technical training program as normal, but there’s uncertainty for how it will proceed. The Collbran center currently has 166 students enrolled. It operates year-round at no cost to students. The department says the new operators of the centers will set new policies to “offer students the skills they need to earn an independent living and succeed in meaningful in-demand jobs.” … [Read more...] about Career training program to stay in operation in Colorado
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By Ruth Simon The Wall Street Journal Thu., Dec. 20, 2018 For older Americans, the last few years of work can be a vital chance to patch up thin savings or pay down debt to ease their way into retirement. Many aren’t getting that opportunity. Greg Miller, 65 years old, a former environmental engineer and contract administrator, was laid off in 2017. He recently gave up looking for full-time work after sending out more than 400 resumes. “The heartbreak and the discouragement were just unbearable,” said Mr. Miller, who lives on Social Security and a part-time job. He shares a ranch house in Lansing, Mich., with three other men. “I am kind of working without a net here,” he said. This kind of late-career employment woe is part of a paradox that is deepening the worst retirement shortfall in decades. Even though the official unemployment rate is just 3% for older workers, the actual jobs environment is surprisingly bleak. Nearly 8 million … [Read more...] about Even a booming job market can’t fill retirement shortfall for older workers