Do we need a national workforce credentialing system?


by Lisa Thompson

In the United States, there are currently thousands of credit and noncredit workplace credentials that you can earn. This can be confusing for students trying to figure out which credential to work toward, for institutions trying to offer the appropriate training for students, and for businesses trying to compare qualifications between job candidates. You also cannot transfer many of these credentials. This means a credential earned at one institution or in a different state may not be accepted elsewhere. To address this, ACT, Inc. is recommending that the nation shift to a national workforce credentialing system.

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Finding Green Jobs


by Rachel Vilsack

Recently, newspaper and television stories have been discussing what seems to be a growing trend towards the “greening” of Minnesota businesses.  And, no, we’re not talking about summer here!  Green businesses are those that have environmentally-friendly operations or provide products and services that are beneficial to the environment in some cases by minimizing their impact on the environment.  This include businesses as diverse as a manufacturing firm that makes a biodegradable cleaning product, an architectural firm that promotes energy and water efficiency through its design, or a utility plant which turns wind power into electricity for its customers. 

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Green Career Spotlight: Recycling Coordinator


by Lisa Thompson

In the world of recycling, one small change can have a large ripple effect. Recycling coordinators keep their communities informed about how their efforts matter. They also educate the public about what recycling is and how to get started and make changes. In this work, it's important to learn all that you can about recycling, take risks, and step outside the box.

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New Tool Makes Finding Jobs Near You Easy


by Rachel Vilsack

Most online job boards let you search for opportunities from a starting point, like a city or ZIP code, using a job title or description keyword. The search results are a static list of openings, which may raise some questions.  If you’re like me, seeing an address in St. Paul or Minneapolis makes me ask: “Where exactly is that?” And, more importantly, “How will I get there?”

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Green Career Spotlight: Wind Farm Developer


by Lisa Thompson

Developing a wind farm involves a lot of groundwork before the first turbine goes up. Wind developers must assess the topography and geography of the land to determine the strength of the wind for turbine placement. They also need to "sell" the project to local landowners and work with energy utilities to build transmission lines and interconnections with the existing power grid.

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