Home Depot takes a shot at tackling the construction labor shortage

Apr 30, 2018
Home Depot is investing $50 million into residential construction apprenticeships, but that still won't address the labor shortage.
Students at Fort Stewart will be prepared for residential construction jobs after a 12-week apprenticeship with the Home Builders Institute, sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation.
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Georgia embraces Germany’s apprenticeship model

Jan 26, 2018
Manufacturers are worried they will not have enough skilled workers in the future, so they have started to create apprenticeship programs to train high school students.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College received funding to open a new Advanced Manufacturing Center in Covington. It includes five labs for training in machine tools, electronics, mechanics, automation and process control, as well as industrial wiring and motor controls.
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Blue-collar jobs that pay 6 figures are going unfilled

Jul 3, 2017
'This is an avenue for even some folks with college degrees.'
“There are a lot of people with college degrees now competing for some of the most competitive jobs out there, and some of them are ending up applying for jobs at 84 Lumber,” Prashant Gopal says.
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Baby boomers retrain in sought-after skills

Feb 27, 2017
About half of jobs today require more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree.
Joe Snyder, 56, recently graduated from a precision machining technology program at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pennsylvania.
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Here’s why vocational training is in high demand

Feb 23, 2017
With technical skills in demand, vocational programs try to shake old stereotype.
Tim DeAcosta, 17, studies precision machining at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pa.
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A program that mixes academics with vocational training

Mar 24, 2016
Vocational training has changed, and is luring academically-oriented students
:  Jordan Decker is studying HVAC at Carroll County College and Career Academy.  
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Stopping German students in their tracks?

Apr 8, 2015
Germany's controversial sorting system determines early on who goes to college.

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'Blue-collar aristocrats' thrive in German economy

Apr 7, 2015
Germany’s vocational system partners with employers to train students for skilled jobs.

German vocational training could be coming to the U.S.

Aug 29, 2014
Manufacturing states like North Carolina hope to create similar apprenticeship programs.

A $10,560 bachelor's degree?

Aug 22, 2014
Community colleges are getting into the business of awarding BA degrees.