Many former low-income and unemployed workers benefited from participating in the No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) program in Michigan, which was created to accelerate job placement in several high-demand sectors, spanning from advanced manufacturing to renewable energy through post-secondary education training. Findings from the national nonprofit organization Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) indicate that nearly two out of three participants found the program valuable in helping them find and perform their jobs.
Remember the first time you sat at a stoplight in your car with the window open near a hybrid or electric vehicle? While you may not have been paying close attention, it was probably the sound — or lack of it — that gave it away. In the near future, this silence may be heard in a new place: on an airplane. Read more
A few years ago some employees from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) were looking for a way to reward college students, both graduate and undergrad, who were studying at universities that had Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs).
IACs, of which there are 24 in the U.S., are where engineering students receive hands-on training and real-world experience in energy engineering and management, and often head right from school into engineering jobs at major companies. They’re an extension of the training students get from their regular engineering and energy programs on campus.
Still, it’s always nice to have a carrot like a financial prize waiting for you and your research-mates, reasoned John Smegal, the DOE’s IAC coordinator. Read more