• Jobs

    Teens Are Taking High Paying Jobs, Filling Employment Gaps Left by Adults During COVID

    kate_sept2004 / Getty Images Teenagers are suddenly a hot commodity in the U.S. labor market this summer, as employers scramble to fill jobs in a market where numerous industries face severe worker shortages. See: Teens Can Expect Plenty of Job Opportunities This Summer, and Wages Are UpFind: Should Teens Save for College or Retirement? Take Our Poll Nearly six million Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 are leveraging a shortage of adult workers to find jobs this summer, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing data from Gusto, a payroll and employee benefits platform. Teens accounted for 36% of recent hires in June, the Gusto data found. That’s…

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  • Education

    School systems hire classroom monitors to fill staffing gaps

    For some parents, it’s the latest disappointment in pandemic-era learning: more virtual learning, no teacher in the room. “Kids are going to be doing the same thing that doesn’t work, only in a new location,” said Jenna Hamilton, a mother of two school-age children in Fairfax County Public Schools. “They’re being warehoused in a room to watch their teacher on a screen yet again, with effectively a babysitter sitting there.” School officials across the region say the strategy is necessary to reopen in the near future, while accommodating legitimate requests from teachers who must continue working virtually for health reasons — for example, those who qualify for virtual work under…

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  • Education

    NFL star Andrew Whitworth has big plans to help bridge education gaps

    Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth enters training camp field in Thousand Oaks, California, on Aug. 18, 2020. Jayne Kamin-Oncea | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images Long before Andrew Whitworth made it to the National Football League, he knew he wanted to help others. When he was a kid, he volunteered to bag groceries for customers at the local food store. As he grew older, he began to realize that people didn’t have the same opportunities in life that he enjoyed. “When I took a step in my career, my life, when I felt like I had something more, that gave me the opportunity to give something back,”…

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  • Education

    Partnerships work to overcome education gaps highlighted by COVID-19 crisis

    As soon as COVID-19 broke out in the U.S., Kimber Connors knew what it would mean for higher education. “Black, Hispanic, Latinx and low-income students are much more likely to fall behind in their studies due to a lack of access to high-quality remote instruction,” she says. “Before the pandemic, too few Washington students were graduating and earning credentials in the STEM, trade and health care jobs that drive our economy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has only escalated our state’s workforce crisis.” Connors is the Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a nonprofit organization that connects Washington’s leading industries with young talent by reducing barriers to higher education and…

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