Academic journal article ATEA Journal

A Letter from the President

Academic journal article ATEA Journal

A Letter from the President

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Spring is here, and with it comes a change of seasons and a feeling of all things new. Experts on the economy are looking at employment and unemployment numbers to indicate changes in the U.S. economy. People are looking for employment, or perhaps they are looking to enroll in some sort of career and technical training to help them obtain more employable skills. All in all, people are looking to put America back to work.

That's what ATEA's national conference focused on recently in Indianapolis ..."Putting America Back to Work". If you were able to attend, no doubt, you came away with a great deal of information that you can take back to your school to enhance your career and technical training. If you were not able to attend, you missed enlightening speakers and great breakout sessions on such topics as online learning, green technologies, Photonics, Federal funding opportunities, and a host of other subjects.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9.7 percent of Americans are unemployed. These statistics seem to be much worse among Americans under 25, where roughly 25 percent can't find a job. For recent college grads with jobs, half are in positions that do not require degrees.

CBS News recently ran a series called "Where America Stands." A poll they conducted showed that eighty-seven percent of Americans believe that the skills needed in the approaching job market have changed in the last 20 years. Those views, according to CBS, were held by high and low wage workers, college and non-college graduates and all age groups. …

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