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Manufacturing Institute Announces M-List of Schools Teaching NAM-Endorsed Skills

May 31, 2013

The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has unveiled a charter set of schools that are teaching their students industry-validated manufacturing skills under the organization's Manufacturing Skills Certification System. Read More

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Friday Focus: Tackling the Student Debt Crisis with Scholarships

May 31, 2013

During a brief speech at the White House on May 31, President Barack Obama, surrounded by college students, remarked on the state of student debt and noted how education loans have a significant impact on lifestyle choices, and ultimately, the economy. The speech was part of an effort to urge Congress to prevent subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling this summer. Read More

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How Graduate 10K+ Will Produce More STEM Students

May 30, 2013

The path to a STEM career is not the same for every student. While some excel in their coursework, others change majors during their college careers because they are not prepared to work in their chosen field. To help alleviate this problem and increase retention of computer science and engineering undergraduates in the U.S., the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with Intel and GE, has awarded nine institutions with grants that will be used to enhance and support student preparation through graduation. Read More

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Global Chemicals Industry Retains Strong Growth Despite Economic Slowdown

May 30, 2013

While the global economy continues to lag, Wall Street pundits have expended a lot of energy adoring the economy’s bright spots: Web services, wireless, and petrochemicals, for starters. According to a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), however, the chemicals industry has held up surprisingly well through the economic slowdown. Read More

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Can American Carbon Exchanges Learn From Europe's Failure?

May 30, 2013

carbontaxExpectations for European carbon prices through 2020 have fallen 47 percent since last year, Bloomberg reported recently. For those that think Europe needs sternly-enforced carbon emission reductions to stave off catastrophic global warming, that's not good.

Other reports note that as of the end of May, European Union carbon permits “rose to their highest level in almost three weeks as lawmakers reconsidered a plan to temporarily curb supply in the market that they failed to endorse last month.”

Of course that “highest level” is $4.85 a metric ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London, up from “all-time lows” in April. Experts say the price needs to be close to $38 for the exchange to survive. Read More

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Skilled Trades Top Most Difficult Jobs to Fill in 2013 in Talent Shortage Survey

May 29, 2013

While fewer U.S. employers are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills than in 2012, companies worldwide are having the most difficulty finding talent for jobs since the start of the recession, according to a new survey by Manpower Group. The research results reveal the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill, with skilled trades positions topping the list in the U.S. and on a global level. Read More

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Two Large Solar Companies Step up on Energy and Conservation

May 29, 2013

So many companies are getting into solar and renewable energy that it's sometimes hard to keep track of all the projects and who's doing what. They can all blend together and sound like one big renewable energy-palooza, indistinguishable from the next. But a new planned solar farm in Antelope Valley, Calif. is a little bit different from most. First, there's its size. The Antelope Valley project will be pretty substantial -- a 579-megawatt behemoth that is expected to create 650 jobs in the Rosamond, Lancaster, and Palmdale communities (in Central California, on the outskirts of Los Angeles County). Read More