900 Tutors Needed by Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps


by Anna Peters

Responding to the critical need to close Minnesota’s achievement gap, two AmeriCorps programs will place 900 full- and part-time tutors across the state. Minnesota Reading Corps, one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in the country, will train 800 literacy tutors to work with kids age three through grade three so they can catch up to their peers. Minnesota Math Corps plans to double in size by placing 100 math enrichment tutors to reach fourth through eighth graders.

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LMI Will Never Be Your “Magic Number”


by Denise Felder

Job seekers and career advisors alike are looking for the light at the end of this dark recession tunnel. Many use the unemployment rate, job growth rates, salary tends, or other labor market information (LMI) to make career decisions or give advice. These number can give you hope and can confirm your own experiences in the job market. But when the LMI doesn't show you what you want to see, it doesn't mean that all hope is lost.

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Helping High School Graduates Transition to College


by Lisa Thompson

Low-income Minnesota students graduating from high school this spring may be able to participate in a high school-to-college transition program. Held the summer between high school graduation and the fall term of college, the program helps students develop the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in college-level coursework.

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3 Steps to Target Your Market


by Rachel Vilsack

You have undoubtedly heard that networking yields the best results in a job search. While many people find jobs through their personal contacts—like friends, family, and former colleagues, it may also be important to network directly with employers. This sounds easy enough, until you realize that there are over 170,000 employers across Minnesota. It is essential to target your networking search to industries or companies that require your professional experience.

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Manufacturing Begins to Recover


by Debra Bultnick

In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. By 2008, it represented only 11.5 percent. The results of the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Survey on the business outlook suggest that the U.S. manufacturing sector is beginning to recover from the recent economic downtown—especially compared to the sizeable reduction recorded in March 2009.

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What Pell Grant Cuts Could Mean to Minnesota Students


by Lisa Thompson

Federal Pell Grant awards, which help low-income students pay for college, may be reduced for the 2011-2012 academic year as the U.S. government works to decrease spending. If no changes are made, the program could face a shortfall of $20 billion because more demand has been placed on the program by an increase in eligible students.

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