July 18, 2018

As there has been a concerted effort to attract and retain women in STEM fields, a new survey from the Exelon Foundation has some disappointing results. It showed that only 50% of the next generation of women remain optimistic about the future of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

July 16, 2018

We look at the number of available workers and which states are doing the best to attract them. We look at how educated they are. We examine which states have a Right to Work law, which affirms the right of every American to work for a living without being compelled to belong to a union and pay dues. To find states with the nation's top talent we measure in-demand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, state worker-development programs, union membership and more.

July 16, 2018

If there is one thing people seem to agree on in these tumultuous times, it is that a root cause of much of the tumult is the emergence of revolutionary new technologies that are roiling labor markets as never before. Technologists themselves concede this point. “The pace of technical change is accelerating,” says a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, in an apparent understatement. Indeed, many economists view the prospect of continuing breakthroughs in AI to be cause for genuine alarm.

June 26, 2018

After several years of Senate inaction, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander announced the markup of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). Enacted in 1984 to improve the academic and technical quality of vocational education, the Perkins Act provides federal funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs offered at the secondary or postsecondary level.

June 25, 2018

The conclusion from the working paper, The Effects of Scientists and Engineers on Productivity and Earnings at the Establishment Where They Work, by Erling Barth, James C. Davis, Richard B. Freeman, and Andrew J. Wang, is pretty clear for manufacturers and policy advocates for improving U.S. manufacturing: firms should hire as many scientists and engineers as possible.

June 25, 2018

Panelists said closing the STEM skills gap not only is key to helping students secure jobs after graduation but also will help power the region's economy. "We've got to help people understand that they can succeed in STEM fields," said panelist Neil Matkin, president of Collin College. "The opportunities are there, but somewhere along the way it's either 'too hard' or 'I can't do it,' or 'Where does it lead?'"

June 24, 2018

The Trump administration’s massive deregulation effort and the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the Republican-controlled Congress have done wonders for the U.S. economy. There are now more open jobs than there are unemployed people in America. Wages are increasing, and consumer and business confidence is rising with them.

June 22, 2018

Just when you thought you had millennials figured out, along comes Generation Z. But how exactly do they differ from millennials -- if at all? What does this next generation of tech-savvy, socially aware and entrepreneurial workers want? How can you attract, hire and retain them?

June 22, 2018

It’s an economic dilemma that can be traced back to the types of knowledge and experiences students get in the classroom. Local initiatives and special academies are giving students more exposure to STEM, but community leaders during a panel Tuesday at Toyota Motor North America’s headquarters in Plano said more can be done. “When we look at the global landscape and we look at the competition that’s out there, STEM is critical to our future success and our prosperity,” said Andres Alcantar, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission.

June 21, 2018

Few generations have been analyzed, scrutinized and critiqued as much as the millennial generation. One characteristic of this generation that makes up 35 percent of the U.S. workforce is that they have high standards for the places they work -- but these standards may be misunderstood.