• Jobs

    To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills

    Rachelle Katchenago of Menasha, Wis., lost her job as a call-center contract worker last year after the pandemic lockdowns took hold. No one was hiring. Ms. Katchenago, 37, eventually heard of career courses, paid for by Microsoft as part of a Covid relief program. She plunged in, learning online customer service and sales skills, hoping to improve her employment prospects. But it turned out that the technical skills, in the free classes from Microsoft’s LinkedIn job listing and training service, were not the only thing she picked up. The Wisconsin group helping her with the courses also provided career guidance, moral support, tips on résumé writing and interviews, and job…

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  • Education

    Democratic senators urge Education Department to remove millions of student loan borrowers from default status

    InvestorPlace Norwegian Cruise Line Is Navigating Through a Hurricane of Problems The novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the cruise industry globally. Prior to 2020, the industry had been experiencing a years-long boom. Now that a bet on the global reopening of the economies is gaining momentum, is it the right time to buy cruise stocks such as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) stock? There are many factors to weigh in on, but NCLH stock has a lot of hurdles to deal with now. Unfortunately, things do not look as rosy as some may think. Source: Vytautas Kielaitis/shutterstock.com A well-known English proverb says “A smooth sea never made a skillful…

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  • Online School

    Report: California ‘wasting’ millions of dollars funding online charter schools

    “In a time when school districts everywhere face the heartbreak of knowing they cannot provide all the services their students need and deserve, it is critical that lawmakers act as conservative stewards of the state’s tax dollars by focusing funding on the schools where it can do the greatest good for the greatest number of the state’s students,” the report says. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated. About 10 percent of public school students in California attend charter schools — both brick-and-mortar and online. According to the report, nearly 175,000 California students in 2018-2019 were enrolled in online charter schools, representing 27 percent of all charter school students…

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  • Jobs

    Biden wants millions of clean-energy related jobs. Can it happen?

    In remarks last week before signing several executive orders focused on his climate agenda, Biden tied his energy policy directly to his plans to rebuild the US economy, citing the need for new, green infrastructure that would generate millions of jobs. “A key plank of our Build Back Better Recovery Plan is building a modern, resilient climate infrastructure,” Biden said, “and clean energy future that will create millions of good-paying union jobs — not 7, 8, 10, 12 dollars an hour, but prevailing wage and benefits.” During his campaign, Biden’s climate agenda included the goal of creating 10 million new jobs related to clean energy on top of the 3…

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  • Jobs

    Will Paris Climate agreement cost the US millions?

    Wayne Christian: Says that the Paris Climate Accord will cost the U.S. economy “6.5 million jobs and $3 trillion in economic growth by 2040.” PolitiFact’s ruling: Half True Here’s why: Wayne Christian is fed up with environmentalists and what he described as the “woke” liberal policies threatening to disrupt the smooth recovery of Texas’ energy sector from pandemic blows.  The Republican oil and gas regulator, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, penned a missive earlier this month that took aim at those who’ve recently cast Texas natural gas in a bad light — the French government for cutting ties with a Houston company over environmental concerns, the “sensationalist fake-news media” for downplaying improvements in emissions, and the “environmental extremists” for promoting Green New Deal policies. In the letter, posted to the agency’s website on Jan. 5, Christian took a…

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  • Jobs

    Joe Biden faces an unemployment crisis and millions of workers without jobs

    The day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, America’s unemployment situation looks bleak. On Thursday, the United States Labor Department released its latest weekly jobless claims numbers, which showed that 900,000 people filed new unemployment claims the week ending January 16 — President Trump’s final full week in office. Additionally, 423,000 people filed new claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), expanded unemployment insurance for freelancers, gig workers, contractors, and the self-employed. It’s a stark indication of the economic hill the new administration has to climb when it comes to getting desperately needed help to millions of workers. Overall, 16 million people were on unemployment as of January 2 — a tough start…

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  • Science

    Millions being spent this year on 3 Tri-Cities science buildings

    Richland, WA More than $170 million is being invested in new science buildings in Richland to solidifying the Tri-Cities as a national and regional science and research stronghold. One project is set to finish later this year. Here’s what’s underway: 1. Energy sciences research A $90 million energy science research center at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Lab will consolidate energy research under one roof. It’s on schedule to finish in August on PNNL’s Richland campus, confirmed spokesman Greg Koller. The national lab’s fundamental research in advanced chemistry, materials science and computing research — areas in which PNNL is a world leader — is currently spread out among…

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