Financial Aid 101 for Adult Learners


by Lisa Thompson

Navigating the college financial aid process can seem daunting if you’re an adult learner enrolling in college for the first time or heading back to get more training or finish a degree. A key point to keep in mind is that there is no age limit for federal and state financial aid. There are, however, other things that affect how much and which financial aid you might be eligible to receive:

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Exploring Your Apprenticeship Options


by Rich Davy

In our work as field representatives for the Apprenticeship Unit at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), we often get phone calls from job seekers who would like to work as an apprentice in an occupation they are interested in. A registered apprenticeship is a way for you to earn a wage and learn the skills required to be competent in a specific field.

When we receive this kind of call, we first look to see if an apprenticeship program for that occupation exists in Minnesota. Continue reading

Job Vacancies Increase & Some Industries Show Strong Growth


by Cameron Macht

As job growth spread across the state (see “Job Growth Returned for Many Regions, Counties Over the Last Year”), the number of job vacancies also increased in every region over the last year. In fact, four of the six state planning regions saw at least a 50 percent growth in the number of job vacancies reported by businesses from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011. (See Table 1.)

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Job Vacancies Increase & Some Industries Show Strong Growth


by Cameron Macht

As job growth spread across the state (see “Job Growth Returned for Many Regions, Counties Over the Last Year”), the number of job vacancies also increased in every region over the last year. In fact, four of the six state planning regions saw at least a 50 percent growth in the number of job vacancies reported by businesses from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011. (See Table 1.)

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Green Career Spotlight: Building Maintenance Operator


by Lisa Thompson

Keeping a commercial building running smoothly and efficiently requires a lot of different skill sets. And it’s not just about fixing things. Building maintenance operators monitor and control systems in the building—everything from electrical to heating and cooling to plumbing. Computer energy management systems and digital controls have replaced older, inefficient systems. It’s vital for operators to be able to troubleshoot and keep up with changing technology.

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What Is the Hidden Job Market?


by Rachel Vilsack

Many employers find workers without posting a job online. In fact, it’s often estimated that 80 percent (or more) of jobs are never advertised. This is called the hidden job market. The term hidden doesn’t mean the jobs are necessarily a secret or that the employer doesn’t want you to know they have an opening. Rather, if you’re job search strategy is to only check online job boards, you may be missing out.

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