How Did You Become a Software Engineer? Mary Brians Shares Her Insights

Initially pursuing an art degree, Mary Brians fell into engineering by accident during her time at the University of North Texas. Since then, she found a new passion in Linux and developing embedded applications. . . . . “I rebelled and tried my hand at being an art student in high school and college, so it took a while to find my professional calling. I discovered software engineering partly due to a class at the University of North Texas called game programming, taught by Dr. Ian Parberry. I appreciated the fact that software engineering was not nearly as subjective as art or other industries. n. . . .  I believe it starts with being confident enough to speak up and find your voice. I am frequently not very assertive with managers or coworkers. However, I try to fight that quietness when it matters – but in the past, I was always quiet. I feel that many other women in engineering have this problem. Much of the female management I’ve had has both encouraged me to speak up and grow confident. As a female in STEM, I think we have to encourage each other to speak up and not be afraid to ask questions when it matters most. . . . ” full story here

Top 20 Engineering Schools That Produce the Best-Paid Graduates

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, those graduating with engineering degrees are the highest paid new grads in the US. The average starting salary for an engineer with a bachelor’s degree was $66,521 in 2019. For the Class of 2020, starting salaries were 4% higher — $69,188 on average.

With the help of PayScale, we’ve compiled a list of those engineering schools whose graduates are paid well when they graduate and during their mid-career years. We’ve ranked the schools by the highest mid-career salaries of their graduate . . . . full story and slide show here


Verdugo Jobs Center, Glendale CA – Jobs & Services Information During Covid-19

Covid -19 Information for Workers

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VJC Program Update

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5 Tool Types Every Software Engineer Should Know

Here’s a list of basic tools that every programmer and software engineer should have at their fingertips

This list represents the basic tool types and examples that all programmers and software engineers show have readily available to them. Whether you’re a college graduate transitioning to working life, a young professional changing careers or a seasoned professional trying to stay up-do-date, you should always maintain a handy bag of engineering tools and tricks.

For lists of Software Tools and Utility; Software Compilers and IDEs; Programming Aids; Software For White Hat, Ethical Hackers; and IoT Embedded Software Platforms and Tools

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Workforce Matters in Manufacturing

Here are the top stories on manufacturing from 2019. The changing workforce led coverage of manufacturing.

The Landscape of Industrial Manufacturing and Warehouse Robots; Prepping the Workforce for Smart Automation ; Rise of the Augmented Worker ; Manufacturers Turn to Automation to Combat Labor Shortages ; Retiring Knowledge Workers May Get Replaced with Technology ; Industrial 5G: Impact on Factory Automation ; The Industry 4.0 Blueprint Is Being Rewritten by Startups 

10 tech companies transforming retail for 2020 and beyond

From robots that do inventory to stores with no employees – policy makers need to keep an eye on some of these innovations

According to the Commerce Department online only accounts for about 12% of sales, leaving the rest to be made up by physical stores. Technology is bringing some big changes to retail in the coming years. And policy makers need to keep an eye on some of these innovations.

Do we want stores with no employees? AiFI a Calif. startup is using artificial intelligence to fully automate the retail experience. Being able to walk into a market, pick up what you want and leave – while AI tracks you and everything you leave with, charging your credit card post-departure – may provide great convenience, but what about consumer privacy and what about the loss of retail jobs ? Bossa Nova is a robotics company that provides stores like Wal-Mart with a robot that roams the aisles checking inventory. San Diego’s Brain Corp provides robotic janitors for retail spaces. Other companies, like Pixvana are embracing workers and developing software to help in their job training, while RocketFuel another new company is working on ways to enhance the security of consumer online payments.

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Public Sector Training Partnerships Build Power

From building trades apprenticeships to the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas’ casino and hospitality worker training, labor-management partnerships are well regarded for their ability to connect private sector workers to high-paying jobs while ensuring that employers receive a steady stream of well-qualified employees. Yet, policymakers and advocates often pay less attention to existing partnerships between unionized public sector workers and their employers, despite the fact that these workers now account for about half of all union members and that there is a long history of public sector partnerships providing professional development opportunities to workers.1

By expanding the use of public sector labor-management training partnerships, policymakers and unions can help government employers and unions work together to solve challenges and deliver good results for workers, employers, and the public. Labor-management partnerships—independent organizations that unions and employers jointly control—allow partners to collaboratively design and manage workforce training, professional learning, and apprenticeship opportunities. Research finds that these sorts of programs can help employers recruit and retain skilled workers; improve work quality; boost productivity; and strengthen employee relations.2 Public sector training programs are also being used to increase the diversity of the public sector workforce; ensure that government is ready to serve diverse populations; and provide a pathway to a good job for workers, particularly those who face  multiple barriers to finding employment.

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3rd Annual Disability Resource Fair in Glendale, CA on October 23, 2019

The Verdugo Jobs Center/Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program in collaboration with the Employment Development Department (EDD), Glendale Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Disability Resource Fair on October 23, 2019.

The Disability Resource Fair is featuring the State Council on Developmental Disability (SCDD) who will be presenting a film clip highlighting employed people with disabilities’ success stories and sharing other resources to encourage and empower the disabled population within the community to return to the workforce

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 10AM-12 NOON

Where: 1255 South Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

RSVP: 818-937-8020

Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy, next cohort starts Sept. 3, 2019

The Verdugo CNC Machinist Academy at Glendale Community College provides hands-on training for adults (18 and over) in the high demand job of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist.  The Academy is designed to train adults with disabilities who want to enter the manufacturing industry. Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders are encouraged to apply! 

Interested in more information? Contact Tina Hartyon at the Verdugo Jobs Center (818) 937-8080 ▪ thartyon@glendaleca.gov 

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