We are failing Americans without college degrees. Research shows that up to 30 million workers without four-year degrees are drastically underpaid, and have the skills to earn 70 percent more than what they’re currently making. What accounts for this failure of the labor market? One problem is that traditional resumes don’t show or verify the full range of a worker’s skills—including those gained in the military and volunteer work, not to mention family businesses and caretaking. But there’s a promising digital fix that could help: learning and employment records. LERs are digital profiles that allow individuals to document their knowledge and skills, no matter how they were acquired—and have the potential to transform hiring while fueling innovation. What is an LER, and how can it be used to record everything you’ve ever learned? How can this technology be designed and implemented to create more jobs with good wages? And what will it take to design and implement LERs that make the labor market fairer to all workers instead of reinforcing existing social, educational, and digital divides?
Workcred senior director of research Isabel Cardenas-Navia, co-author of a new essay on LERs, and Issues in Science and Technology editor-in-chief Lisa Margonelli visit Zócalo to talk about reconstructing credentialing around a system that recognizes—and even encourages—non-traditional learning and diverse career paths.
SCORE Los Angeles is partnering with Innovate Pasadena to bring you a special webinar where Small Business attendees can submit their website and social media for a live review during this one-hour workshop led by Small World Communications CEO Rob McClinton and TechSparks marketing expert Preeti Narang. They join forces to review websites and social media accounts for areas of improvement, missed opportunities, and fresh ideas.
And the best part? Fixes require minimum technical knowledge and often apply to any of the most popular website platforms available, from WordPress to Shopify, Wix to Squarespace.
Attendees will walk away with actionable steps and ideas to help their websites flow and their social media shine.
In her book ‘The Burnout Epidemic,’ author Jennifer Moss describes a crisis in well-being as a result of workers being stretched to their limits
. . . . What did we learn, in a nutshell? Burnout is a global problem. Some statistics:
67% of respondents worked at or above a supervisor level.
89% of respondents said their work life was getting worse.
85% said their well-being had declined.
56% said their job demands had increased.
62% of the people who were struggling to manage their workloads had experienced burnout “often” or “extremely often” in the previous three months.
57% of employees felt that the pandemic had a “large effect on” or “completely dominated” their work.
55% of all respondents didn’t feel that they had been able to balance their home and work life—with 53% specifically citing homeschooling as the reason.
25% felt unable to maintain a strong connection with family, 39% with colleagues, and 50% with friends.
Only 21% rated their well-being as “good,” and a mere 2% rated it as “excellent.”
Yet, there’s good news: Some people I spoke to were grateful for their employers’ interest in helping them work through their stress. Despite the cornucopia of wellness offerings, it was “the thought that counts” that reminded me why some companies do alright in these moments of crisis and some don’t. . . . . full story at Fast Company here
The Future of Transportation: Revolutionizing the EV Industry September 29, 2021 I 11:00AM – 12:15PM
The Future of Transportation: Revolutionizing the EV Industry will provide regional insights to inform the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem’s decision-makers about the state of the electric vehicle industry. During this virtual event, we’ll discuss where the opportunities exist, not just for technology and innovation but also for workforce development and what that means for the local economy.
Governments are turning off the internet to silence dissenters at an ‘exponential’ rate—and threatening civil society, says the chief operating officer of Google’s Jigsaw project.
Deliberate internet shutdowns enacted by governments around the world are increasing in frequency and sophistication, according to a recent report. The study, published by Google’s Jigsaw project with the digital rights nonprofit Access Now and the censorship measurement company Censored Planet, says internet shutdowns are growing “exponentially”: out of nearly 850 shutdowns documented over the last 10 years, 768 have happened since 2016. ∞ India’s government has shut off the Internet more than any other—109 times in 2020 alone—and data shows that shutdowns are most common around elections and times of potential civil unrest, leading to claims that it has become a tactic to suppress dissent. But while they are becoming more prevalent, shutdowns are also getting more subtle, using tactics like throttling a URL to dramatically slow its function, blocking particular internet addresses, and restricting the use of mobile data.
MIT Technology Review sat down with Dan Keyserling, the chief operating officer of Jigsaw, to discuss the growing phenomenon. . . .
September 4, 2021, federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefit programs created under the CARES Act will expire in California and across the states.
Three million+ California workers impacted by expiration of these critical federal programs were notified by the Employment Development Department (EDD). In an effort to support these Californians, EDD is partnering with Covered California, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Department of Social Services to promote other vital state-run benefit programs and that can help Californians in need. These include low-cost health care, rent relief and utility aid, and access to food assistance, which have been significantly expanded by the American Rescue Plan and California Comeback Plan.
For example, these workers are entitled to over $234 per person per month for food via CalFresh (GetCalFresh.org). They are also eligible for 100 percent rent and utilities via Housing is Key (HousingIsKey.com), as well as free or low-cost coverage for as low as $1 per month for workers who received unemployment benefits through Covered California and Medi-Cal (coveredca.com). EDD recently posted links to these benefits to the on-line accounts of UI recipients, including to GetCalFresh.org, which boosted CalFresh (i.e., SNAP) applications by 108,000 people this summer.
Verduugoo School to Career Coalition (VWDB) meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to participate must contact Diana Antonio at least 48 hours before the meeting date to receive meeting call-in information.
The meeting will begin promptly at 9:30 A.M.
RSVP to: Diana Antonio @ (818) 937-8081, dantonioATglendaleca.gov