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Reflecting on my college experience, “career” was not a term often thrown around by myself or my fellow classmates. In fact, I could not describe the location of my campus career center if you asked. Surely one existed, but in my college mind, the career center was reserved for driven, data-minded business majors, not a scrappy young graphics art major too entirely focused on wondering how I was going to afford school supplies while pulling all-nighters in desperation to complete my schoolwork.

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In this generation of millennials, almost everything can be accessed with the touch of a button. Technological advancements have made social media platforms, online job applications and communication via text or video chat the norm.

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If you’ve heard of servant leadership, you know that it’s a timeless concept: a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, helping build better organizations and creating a kinder world. What does being a servant leader mean to me?

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One of my favorite times of the year is Fall—and not just because of the change in seasons! Every year I get the honor to present at Georgia’s Fall Adult Education Conference. I’ve been attending for the past five years, and it is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. The conference is designed to provide educators, administrators and partners an opportunity to learn from national presenters on a variety of topics. This year, I decided to focus on two things: Differentiation in Multi-Level Classrooms and Technology Integration under WIOA.

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Formerly known as Backpacks to Briefcases, Courses to Careers (C2C) has been an extremely effective venture for EDSI with a 71% rate of employment from its participants since its inception in 2012. The advantages for program participants are countless and specific to each individual, however, the program’s findings have seen several advantages that are repeatedly mentioned by its participants.

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Student loans now account for the second highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages. The U.S. government, through banks like Sallie Mae, or since 2010, by the Department of Education, backs the majority of student loans. The creditor in this scenario is the U.S. taxpayer, who if students default on these loans will be subject to carry the burden of these loans.

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It’s no secret that companies in all employment sectors are facing challenging workforce shortages and gaps. What many companies don’t know is that apprenticeships offer a viable solution for recruiting, training and retaining world-class talent. Apprenticeships are an earn-as-you-learn, flexible workforce development tool and training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business.

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WIOA requires that all One-Stop Centers (American Job Centers) leverage resources and program activities to support a workforce system designed to deliver and improve job and career options for workers and jobseekers while meeting the needs of businesses. WIOA was designed and regulations were developed to promote program enhancements by requiring mandated services and encouraging colocation of partners and service providers by leveraging resources to better serve customers.

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With more and more Baby Boomers reaching the age of 65 every day, experienced manufacturing and skilled trades workers as well as employees in many other industries are leaving the workforce and taking crucial skills knowledge with them. That’s where EDSI comes in … we work with companies to identify and capture this critical institutional knowledge (job skills) before these workers leave in order to pass it on to “apprentices” who can effectively bridge the skills gap.

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