Why 36 million American adults can’t read enough to work — and how to help them

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In the U.S., 36 million adults lack the basic literacy skills needed to sustain employment -- yet education programs for this group serve only about 1.5 million, and funding continues to be cut at state and federal levels. Meanwhile, stigma can keep adults from reconnecting with the classroom. Kavitha Cardoza reports from Maine, whose governor has pledged to increase funding for adult education.

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Anxious about debt, Generation Z makes college choice a financial one

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The amount of student loan debt Americans hold is at a record high, and much of it is shouldered by Millennials--people in their late 20s and 30s. Now, children in Generation Z, the group born after 1996, are facing their own quandary about how to pay for college.

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Meet Demarcus Woods: Sheet Metal Worker in the Apprentice School

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Twenty-year-old Demarcus Woods is no stranger to hard work. For a few years he worked two jobs and attended night classes for computer engineering at a local community college. His goal was to pay for his college courses out of pocket to avoid taking on student debt.

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Considering a Career as a Commercial Driver? DriveNow with Hampton Roads Transit Program

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The DriveNow program is a twelve-week training program that prepares Norfolk City residents for a career as a bus operator with Hampton Roads Transit. Upon completion of the program, residents will not only earn their CDL, but will receive a Virginia Career Readiness Certificate and customer service and workplace essential skills.

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Calling Educators: Register for the 5th Annual Career Guidance Academy

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The Hampton Roads Career Guidance Academy is a three-day program that shares information on in-demand careers of the future and provides educators and guidance counselors with a blueprint on how to best prepare the emerging workforce.

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Is College Worth the Expense?

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In a recent interview CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet was quoted as saying, “Some people are going to get a lot out of an advanced education, and some people are going to get very little. It depends on the person, much more than it depends on the school.”

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Is a Life at Sea for You?

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Depending on an individual’s willingness to apply and work and the availability of work (based on distance from shore, seasons, etc.) there are many opportunities to pursue a career at sea. In the next 5-10 years, there will be an estimated 70,000 people leaving the industry, many at the entry level.

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After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

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Vocational courses in high school were seen as second-class, Roberson said. “All throughout high school, they made it sound like going to college was our only option,” he said. “After you go to college, where do you go? It can open doors for you, but not as much as they make it seem.”

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Partner Resources: NextGen Helps Youth Land a Job

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Wages are typically higher and unemployment rates lower for people who continue their education after high school. What many people overlook is that aside from a four-year degree, this education can take the form of internships, on-the-job-training, or vocational schools. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is a great resource for teens who are pursuing employment directly after school.

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Women Take The Wheel Event Highlights Careers in Maritime

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Recently the Southeast Maritime and Transportation Center (SMART) and the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast partnered together for the second annual Women Take the Wheel event. All of the girls registered for the event learned about skilled career opportunities in trucking, shipbuilding and repair, and the maritime industry.

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Facing a Critical Shortage of Drivers, The Trucking Industry is Changing

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It's never been harder to hire long-haul truck drivers, even though companies are making the job more lucrative, less aggravating and more inclusive. Trucking companies are responding in three basic ways: recruiting drivers who don't fit old trucker stereotypes, making the job easier and raising pay.

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The CROP Foundation Makes Culinary Careers Possible for Students

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As part of its work with the American Graduate: Getting to Work national initiative, WHRO is highlighting local opportunities for individuals and youth to pursue skilled careers in the Hampton Roads area. The CROP Foundation is a local nonprofit dedicated to fostering educational and employment opportunities for innovative culinary students through unique culinary events.

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The Return of Rosie the Riveter? Women Sought Out to Pursue Skilled Careers

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With a labor force facing an employment gap in skilled careers as many in the industry are set to retire, women are being targeted to help fill some of these positions. For women in particular, a skilled career provides many unique advantages.

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Apprenticeships are a Win-Win for All Involved

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One of the key tools needed in addressing the skills gap – or the difference between the openings in high-demand jobs and the workforce qualified to enter them – is apprenticeships. A registered apprenticeship combines on-the job training with related academic instruction that is delivered to accelerate career development in a particular field.

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What Makes a Good Resume?

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Marti Smith is a Career Consultant with Goodwill Columbus in Columbus, OH. She’s also the organization’s in-house resume expert. We asked her for the top tips to writing a successful resume.

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