Jim's Corner

Jim Stone, Director of the NRCCTE at SREB, regularly posts his reflections on the latest news from the field here in his Jim’s Corner blog. Jim’s wide-ranging commentaries on CTE-related issues have addressed such topics as national and international CTE practices, workforce development, the labor market and changing global economy, the role and impact of technology, and the perils and pitfalls of the “college for all” approach to education.

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By now you no doubt have heard or read about "inshoring," the movement of manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Growth in this area has been slow but steady, with the Labor Department estimating that 320,000 new positions opened up in March.

For those with an interest in workforce development, CTE, or "college and career readiness," it's important to understand the underlying dynamics of the labor market.

More policymakers are recognizing the value of middle-skill occupations as viable pathways for many youth and adults.

The discussion of the skills shortage and especially the challenge of addressing the growing "middle-skills" gap (i.e., the sub-baccalaureate labor market) continues.

As countless headlines have blared recently, there is a growing demand for what are often called “middle-skill” jobs. Jobs that require more than high school typically but less than a baccalaureate degree; jobs that pay well. Just this week, the USAToday reported on, “Where the jobs are: The new blue collar.”