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  • Renewable Energy Updates

    Posted by Lisa / on 10/05/2011 / 1 Comment

    This seems to be the time of year that conferences abound, particularly those related to renewable energy. While attending these, I had an interesting observation. For many years, the dream for many people has been to be able to live "off the grid." Solar, wind and water alternatives have often been viewed as a means to that end. As these alternatives have evolved, they seem to have come full circle and are now seeking ways to become part of the grid to replace traditional energy sources.

    The "Wind Energy Research Workshop" held at UMASS Lowell provided an interesting view into where ..

  • MA Life Sciences Center Announces Academic Year Internship Program, by Ryan Mudawar

    Posted by Lisa / on 08/29/2011 / 0 Comments

    The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center would like to inform you about an internship program we are offering during the upcoming academic year, and encourage your institution to help us notify students about this opportunity. The Life Sciences Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts life sciences companies. The program will provide and fund internships for around 80 students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Host companies will commit to providing a dedicated mentor and meaningful internship opportunity that relates to the academic focus of eligible students. Studies ..

  • Preparing for STEM Careers in Manufacturing, by Lee Duerden

    Posted by Lisa / on 07/25/2011 / 0 Comments

    By Lee Duerden, Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology at Quinsigamond Community College


    Massachusetts is leading the economic recovery through a substantial manufacturing base. Many people don't realize how many manufacturing companies we have in the state. From large corporations like EMC to smaller job shops like Phillips Precision, they are all thriving with increased orders and new customers. This leads to staffing problems and without an educated, skilled workforce this economic recovery is being hampered.

    The fact is that the general consensus of opinion is that manufacturing is a low-skilled, low-wage, hard labor job, where in ..

  • Green Jobs

    Posted by Lisa / on 06/13/2011 / 0 Comments

    It seems like everywhere you turn green jobs is a topic of discussion. And in the current economy, any sector that hints of the promise of new jobs is fervently pounced on by jobseekers with the hope that they'll find work. When you start to dig a little deeper, you'll find that specific job definitions, hiring projections, and career pathways and credentials remain unclear. Much of that fuzziness was resolved when we recently attended the ETA Green Jobs Conference for our region. Seminars related to the Green Economy, labor market information, and job placement and retention strategies providing a wealth of ..

  • Will the US Remain Competitive? By Kathie Mahoney, Strategic Partner Development Manager, MassMEP

    Posted by Lisa / on 03/24/2011 / 3 Comments

    No industry is sacred in a down economy and manufacturing is no different. But manufacturing is different in other ways, such as the average employee is 55 years old and seeking to retire over the next 10 - 20 years. Who is going to replace these skilled workers and allow the U.S. to remain competitive?

    In a remarkable counter to conventional wisdom, more leading manufacturing executives today believe the lack of skilled labor and management skills in the workforce - not current oil prices or the weak US dollar - most hurt the growth of America's economy.

    According to a survey ..

  • The STEM Pipeline As I See It, By John Thomas

    Posted by Lisa / on 03/04/2011 / 0 Comments

    March 3, 2011

    At many levels, STEM and the pipeline metaphor, used by many to describe the workforce needs of high tech industries needs to be revisited.

    Beginning with the end in mind (S. Covey), an effective human resource system should be able to respond to the ups and downs of the business cycle.  Small businesses have shorter business cycles than large corporation cycles.  Such is the world of work.

    According to Professor Andy Summ from Northeastern University , Department  of Labor Satatistics, 75-80% of the jobs created in this economy are created by small companies of 75-80 people or less.  ..

  • STEMPower Stampedes into 2011

    Posted by Lisa / on 01/11/2011 / 0 Comments

    As we make our way into 2011, STEMPower has an active schedule planned. As we look ahead, our youth outreach and career awareness activities will be in full swing during the first 6 months. We'll be supporting robotics teams and activities across Central MA, North Central MA and Franklin Hampshire regions. We're also participating in Construction Career Days that are held in Hopkinton in May, as well as the MA Middle School Science Fair at Worcester Technical High School in June. Rounding out these activities, each region also hosts the MASSMEP Mobil Training Unit for one day at a school in ..

  • STEMPower Results

    Posted by Lisa / on 11/24/2010 / 0 Comments

    People frequently ask me what STEMPower has accomplished so far. Every quarter I submit a report to USDOL that includes that information in it, and I'd like to share that with you. This information covers our history from start-up through the end of September 2010.

    We have enrolled 278 people into the STEMPower program. We have provided another 1,311 with a STEM Careers Orientation. That means STEM is on their radar now and they are aware of the need for qualified workers and positive work outlook.

    Of the 278 enrolled STEMPower participants, 206 have enrolled in STEM-related training and 174 have ..

  • What about women in STEM?

    Posted by Lisa / on 10/13/2010 / 2 Comments

    "I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy."
    - Marie Curie (1897-1956)

    Interesting topic. There's lots of information out about the "leaky STEM pipeline." For those you that aren't living and breathing this information, this means that although many young people get involved in math and science when they are young, that they have a tendency to drop out over the successive years. Those that actually graduate and then get into STEM careers is but a small portion of those that start out. You ..

  • The Mature Worker

    Posted by Lisa / on 08/27/2010 / 1 Comment

     I've had a few requests to blog on a topic that some are feeling affected by. That topic is the situation of the mature worker. I've done some research and also talked about this with Tee Provost, Area Manager for Operation ABLE of Greater Boston. Operation ABLE has been providing training and employment services for the mature worker since 1982. My research showed that the unemployment rate for the mature worker was about the same as for the general public. So I asked Tee if that's what she also sees. Tee verified that the unemployment rate is about the same, ..


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