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Technology for distributed workers is getting better

ZDNet

Among the possible outcomes of the federal tax overhaul, one that's been floated is a rise in the number of independent workers.


A few ways Walmart could spend $18 million instead of corporate propaganda

Mashable

Walmart dropped $18 million on ads to boast about how much its doing to buy American products and train its workforce, according to a report from The New York Times. The ads are meant to help repair Walmart's reputation, particularly around how it treats its massive workforce. The company has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism over its low pay while raking in billions in profit. Walmart looks to tug at the heart strings with the ads that highlight employees who go through its training programs. The Times points out that Walmart has spent $2.7 billion on training programs and wages increases in the past couple years.


Foundation Tackling Workforce Development for Nebraska

U.S. News

The foundation's workforce development initiative is still in the planning stage, but one part will be a $500,000 challenge grant fund, according to the Omaha World-Herald . Some of it will go to each of the six Nebraska community college districts. The grants will require the colleges to also raise money to support workforce development programs.


Vermont Awards Plastics Company Workforce Development Grants

U.S. News

The first grant will provide nearly $64,000 for new employee, leadership and apprenticeship training.


Cooper Unveils North Carolina Workforce Development Plans

U.S. News

Some of his workforce priorities overlap his public education efforts to raise the graduation rate and increase the number of residents with post-secondary education or credentials. He wants easier access for training in high-demand fields, better internet and expanded workplace and employer-led learning opportunities.