A 2011 study by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute found that American manufacturing companies could not fill as many as 600,000 positions—or 5 percent of manufacturing jobs—due to a lack of qualified candidates, and 56 percent of manufacturers anticipate that shortage will increase in the next three to five years. Technological advancements, particularly in the manufacturing area, mean that workers need more specialized skills to both get and keep jobs. States are stepping forward to help solve these issues, creating or expanding programs aimed at helping the private sector get the skilled labor force they need to be competitive.

With help from a $25 million U.S. Department of Labor grant the Montana University System will overhaul the state's community colleges and increase the speed at which skilled workers enter the workforce.  The goal of the grant is to fill job shortages in a number of emerging manufacturing fields and change how students earn a training certificate.  

As states and localities compete for industry investment and jobs in an uncertain global economy, they need greater access to experts to provide guidance on the expected benefits and costs of economic development projects to make sound decisions. Presented by CSG's State Pathways to Prosperity initiative, this webinar focused on a variety of advanced analytical tools to help academic executives, industry scientists and policymakers make better evidence-based decisions on key research strategies.

The path to public service was an easy—and logical—one for Alyson Richards to follow.
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As businesses try to find sites to locate or expand services, they also often search for experts or researchers with which to establish a consulting relationship.  
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CSG Director of Education Policy Pam Goins outlines the top five issues in education policy for 2014, including high quality early childhood education and funding, college- and career-readiness, K-12 assessment and accountability systems, the growing use of technology and digital learning, and degree attainment and college completion. 

States compete intensely to attract industries that require heavy concentrations of knowledge workers. Successful competition can mean better jobs for a state's residents and greater prosperity for the state. This webinar discusses recent trends at both the university and state levels to implement systems that can be used by university researchers and state economic development agencies to facilitate collaboration and attract investment from industry. Systems developed to create a single, cohesive network that allows the public and...

Nearly 4 million youth are unemployed in the U.S. while as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs currently remain vacant.   Business and industry are frustrated at not finding skilled workers to fill these jobs so these positions sit waiting to be filled.  This gap can be closed if educational institutions work closely with business to prepare students for the ever-changing market where skills depreciate quickly and credentials beyond a high school diploma are necessary.  When institutions and business work together both employees and companies benefit from the outcome.  

Video Series: A Framework for State Policymakers: 
Ensuring All Students are College- and Career-Ready

Disc One: Problem Solving Through Project-Based Learning (Danville High School, Danville, KY)  (3:14)

Project-based learning represents a dynamic approach to...

Does America have a skills gap problem, where students don’t have the particular skills employers need to fill the jobs they have? Your answer to that could depend on whether you are talking to an economist or somebody in higher education. Either way, they both agree there is work to be done to get students prepared for the modern workplace.