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Diversify Your STEM Workforce: The Employer-College Connection

U.S. News

Low minority workforce participation in engineering and STEM generally is driven by low numbers of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and other underrepresented populations pursuing degrees in these fields. Since 2000, underrepresented minorities have earned just 12.9 percent of all bachelor's degrees in engineering – a number that has remained flat. The percentage of blacks among engineering degree candidates has actually been declining for more than a decade and was only 3.5 percent in 2014 – well below the 13.2 percent that represents parity for African-Americans. "This is a hard problem," says Pramod Khargonekar, assistant director for the directorate of engineering at the NSF. "We've made some progress at the macro level, but it remains a challenge.


Intel, Dell bring "AI for Workforce" program to 18 community colleges

ZDNet

Intel on Tuesday announced that it's partnering with Dell Technologies to expand its AI for Workforce Program, which helps community colleges develop AI certificates, augment existing courses or launch full AI associate degree programs. With Dell providing technical and infrastructure expertise, the program will expand to 18 schools across 11 states. The program is designed to help students gain the skills they need to fill the growing number of jobs related to AI. Intel helps community colleges develop courses on a range of topics, including data collection, computer vision, AI model training, coding, and the societal impacts and ethics of AI technology. "The next-generation workforce will need skills and training in AI to develop solutions to the world's greatest challenges, and community colleges play a huge role in unleashing innovative thinking," Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a statement.


Fears of GP losses in Scotland after Brexit

BBC News

Scotland could lose more than 220 GPs following Brexit, it has been warned. The Royal College of GPs is concerned that doctors from EU countries may not be allowed to stay in the UK. It has called on all political parties to guarantee the status of healthcare professionals from the EU who are already working here. The Scottish government said it was vital that GPs already in Scotland were protected, and that their successors could be attracted in future. The number of GPs in Scotland has dropped by 90 in the past four years and there are projections that by 2021 the country could need an additional 800.


Tech careers: Can you benefit from a "new collar" job?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

There is a job at a London brewery that sounds like a dream: drinking beer! Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Web developers don't necessarily need four-year college degrees. The work world has been changing, and in some job markets the line between white and blue collar jobs has blurred. This has created a different classification known as "new collar," skilled jobs with the strong possibility of upward mobility that do not require a college degree.


Trump apprentices' starting pay $60K, more in demand than college grads, labor secretary says

FOX News

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta detailed the Trump administration's plan to bridge the labor gap Monday, to connect job seekers with executives looking to fill 6 million open positions in the country through expanded "high quality" apprenticeship programs. "Our program will be geared toward all industries and all jobs. The point here is to foster private-private partnerships between industry and educational institutions … so that when [students leave the program] they have the skills necessary to enter the workforce," Acosta said during a White House press briefing Monday. Acosta noted that graduates of vocational schools are more in-demand than traditional college graduates. "[Apprentices have an] average starting salary of about $60,000 per year.