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Feb 18, 2019
Minnesota plumber highlights successful career: “It’s like a golden ticket”
When Minnesota came to a standstill during subzero temperatures in January, Troy Good, a master plumber and general mana...
Feb 14, 2019
Is career and technical education just enjoying its 15 minutes of fame?
Efforts to undo years of stigma surrounding career and technical education (including dropping the outdated language of ...
Feb 11, 2019
“How College Debt Ate My Parents’ 401k”
TheWall Street Journalran a particularly sobering story recently (February 2-3) about how “Older Americans are being cru...
Jan 24, 2019
STEMentor in the Twin Cities Preps Students for STEM Careers
In thinking about STEM jobs—which is to say occupations having something to do with science and/or technology and/or eng...
Jan 18, 2019
Employers look to hire ex-felons trained in technical programs
Many Minnesota employers are struggling to find workers. One place most aren’t likely to look is among ex-felons, who ma...
Jan 17, 2019
Dear Educated Women, Blue-Collar Men Can Earn Great Livings
It’s worth remembering, if you’re looking for a husband or partner. This commentary appeared at NationalReview.comon Jan...
Jan 7, 2019
Ideas for improving the lot of American workers (open minds requested)
A new book sounds at times like the stuff of a Democratic caucus, at others like grist for a GOP one. Either way, it sur...
Dec 31, 2018
Turning Away Business
In a front-page story in the Star Tribune, “Help Wanted: Homebuilders Need Workers” (December 27), reporter Jim Buchta o...
Dec 13, 2018
Millennial men lagging in workforce participation
In today’s low-unemployment environment, which demographic group is below all others in labor force participation? A rec...
Dec 12, 2018
“Labor Day Project” Helps Employers Rethink Recruitment Efforts
Minnesota’s accelerating talent shortage has created a mismatch in our labor market. Employers are desperate for skilled...