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Good news for young people: Paid internships are becoming the norm

For years, many young college-aged Americans have viewed getting an internship almost as a rite of passage. Traditionally, internships have offered many advantages—helping to develop marketable skills, sprucing up a resume, and frequently earning college credit. Unfortunately, these internships often haven’t paid a dime. Today that’s changing, thanks to America’s robust employment rate. ...

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Minnesota Needs to Address Labor Shortage in Education Curricula

Why do most schools around the country have a three-month break every summer? The nine-month school year was adopted over a century ago, so children could work on the farms during prime harvesting months. This is an example of the public education system adapting to the economy. The top priority for any public education system should be preparing the students to be productive members of society, including preparing them to join the labor force. Currently, one of the top issues with the Minnesota economy is a labor shortage. Not just any labor, but high skilled labor in technical fields that require...

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Rep. Erik Paulsen’s bid to end Obamacare Medical Device Tax is expected to be signed into law this year

The 2.3 percent tax, which became effective in 2013, already took in $5 billion in three years, before getting suspended. The concern is that the tax will hurt small companies and suppress innovation and startups, with the attendant loss of jobs and economic growth. It is expected to be repealed by the end of 2018. DFL Senators who voted for Obamacare are in favor of repeal....

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Why Automation Sometimes Races But More Often Chugs

Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is a study by McKinsey & Company, released in 2017, that examines work around the world “that can be automated through 2030 and jobs that may be created in the same period." McKinsey’s “scenarios” suggest that by 2030, somewhere between 75 million to 375 million workers, which will be three to 14 percent of the worldwide workforce, will “need to switch occupational categories.”...

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Big Lake High School’s Apprenticeship Program Provides Students With Career Options

[Photo Source: Big Lake Schools] “Signing Day” has taken on a whole new meaning at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota. Under the leadership of Principal Bob Dockendorf, high school juniors and seniors put pen to paper to announce where they will be starting an apprenticeship. Youth Apprentice Signing Day is part of the high school’s Youth Apprenticeship program. The program is coordinated with Wright Technical Center and provides career advancement opportunities to high school juniors and seniors and pays them to learn highly technical skills from a trained worksite mentor. Participants are exposed to a wide variety...

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