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Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education – classic apprenticeship program

“The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is a classic apprenticeship program that combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job experience, teaching skills in demand across an industry. A new report by Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby and Brookings Institution senior fellow emeritus Ron Haskins draws on focus groups, an online survey and data from the state of Kentucky to shed light on the program and its outcomes for apprentices. Data show that FAME graduates in Kentucky earn between 60 percent and 100 percent more than other career and technical education graduates from the same community colleges. The message for policymakers: earn-and-learn training works, and the nation should redouble its efforts to take the model to scale.”

Mapping the Coronavirus Outbreak Across the World

Bloomberg – “The world is bracing for a new wave of Covid-19 infections, as the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 40.0 million people and killed more than 1,110,000 globally since late January. Efforts many countries took to stamp out the pneumonia-like illness led to entire nations enforcing lockdowns, widespread halts of international travel, mass… Continue Reading

As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place

The New York Times – “A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms. “…Maine Business Daily is part of a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country. Yet the network,… Continue Reading

HP Workforce Evolution Survey

HP Workforce Evolution – Survey Findings, October 2020 – “Despite the hardships office workers are facing during these times, employees believe they can use this disruption to better their ways of working: Employers have scratched the surface of supporting employees in the new ways of working, but they are not prepared to provide everything employees… Continue Reading

U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak

The New York Times – “The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer. While the geography of the pandemic is now shifting to the Midwest and to more rural areas, cases are trending upward in most states, many of which are setting weekly… Continue Reading

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience

USAJOBS Website: OPM Has Taken Actions to Assess and Enhance the User Experience GAO-21-31: Published: Oct 13, 2020. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2020. “The Office of Personnel Management maintains USAJOBS—a website for posting federal job opportunities from across the government. USAJOBS connects federal agencies with job seekers and facilitates the transfer and merit-based promotions of… Continue Reading

Working from home 101: Every remote worker’s guide to the essential tools for telecommuting

ZDNet – Working from home: The future of business is remote – From Fortune 500 enterprises to very small businesses, every organization has been thrust into the future faster than prognosticators dared dream. What factors will determine failure or success in this brave new world of work? ZDNet: “Mastering remote work is all about finding… Continue Reading

The Debt Collection Market and Selected Policy Issues

CRS report via LC – The Debt Collection Market and Selected Policy Issues, October 15, 2020: “When a consumer defaults on a debt,a third-party debt collector often collects the debt obligation rather than the lender to whom the debt is originally owed. The debt collection market helps lenders recoup their losses when a consumer defaults,… Continue Reading

The death toll from COVID-19 has been devastating. And it’s just the beginning

Fast Company – This new data visualization shows the tremendous impact on mental health over the next decade. “More than 200,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, and even that doesn’t paint a full picture of the tragedy. The data visualization firm Periscopic has created a heartbreaking new series of interactive graphics called “Lifelines” that… Continue Reading

Tactical Urbanism: Reimagining Our Cities post-Covid-19

Foster + Partner – Bruno Moser, Theo Malzieu, Paula Petkova. May 2020: “The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live our lives. Significant and long-lasting repercussions will be felt across society and industry, many of which are sure to influence the way we approach the design of our buildings and cities. Over the past… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports – What’s Really in Your Bottled Water?

“CR recently tested 47 bottled waters, including 35 noncarbonated and 12 carbonated ones. “For each product, we tested two to four samples. The tests focused on four heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury), plus 30 PFAS chemicals, which pose special concerns because they can linger in the environment almost indefinitely.  The federal government has… Continue Reading

The coronavirus is surging again

Axios: “Coronavirus infections jumped by almost 17% over the past week as the number of new cases increased in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Why it matters: The U.S. is headed solidly in the wrong direction — and at a dangerous time, as experts say the fall and winter will likely make the pandemic worse.… Continue Reading