workforce development

How Students Can Get the Most from Their Summer Work Experience

For many college students, summer break is for more than working on their tan. It’s a time to get valuable work experience and earn a few dollars toward tuition. With some guidance and planning, students can make sure that they get the most benefit possible from their summer job. The good news is that their employment doesn’t have to be directly related to their major for the experience to add value to their education.

Start with a plan

For those who have found a focus for their future, a summer job that is related to their major is the Read More…


How to Help Business Students Develop Soft Skills

According to Fortune.com, 80 percent of hiring managers surveyed stated that they couldn’t find enough job candidates with strong soft skills such as punctuality, speaking, writing, listening, and collaborating. Moreover, the managers predicted that these soft skills will become increasingly important as the business world becomes more globalized. Recruiters can deal with graduates who have a sparse resume if the candidate can show strong soft skills. How can professors ensure that their students develop these skills?

Aligning experience with skills

Students are inclined to bemoan their lack of job experience as they approach graduation. As instructors, we can help them Read More…


College Students Need Workforce Development

Many college students are not as prepared for the workforce as they think they are. They are lacking in soft skills such as communication and team work, and in digital technology. Employers believe it’s up to educators to prepare future employees in career development and job skills. Here are some tips for teaching workforce development in your classroom.

College students lacking in soft skills

A survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) found that employers and students do not sync when it comes to skills needed for the workforce. Employers are looking for vital skills like oral Read More…


Soft Skills for STEM Success

While there are thousands of STEM positions open and waiting for workers to come and fill them, there is a lack of work-ready STEM professionals graduating from higher education institutions. However, rather than lack the technical skills necessary to complete the work, many of these candidates lack the ability to be an effective employee to the organization because they lack the necessary soft skills for success. Read More…


2016 NAWB Forum: Technology for Workforce Development

Cengage Learning Joins Business Leaders at the 2016 NAWB Forum to Discuss Technology Solutions for Workforce Development Cengage Learning will join other business leaders at the 2016 National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Annual Forum in Washington D.C. to discuss ways to support and contribute to ongoing workforce development efforts. The Forum convenes workforce, education and economic development professionals to address solutions to keep America competitive. At this year’s conference, Cengage Learning’s participation includes demos of new resources for NAWB members, presentations of information on online learning for Career Centers and discussions around online high school diploma programs to help Read More…


Tips for Students: How To Get the Most Out of Summer

Summer break is just around the corner for many students. Some college students use their summer vacation to relax, while others take the opportunity to get ahead. Whatever their preference, share these tips with your students for getting the most out of their summer. Read More…


McDonald’s® Celebrates First Employee Graduate of Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School

Cengage Learning congratulates Juan Garcia, the first employee graduate of Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School. This program is being offered through a partnership of Cengage Learning and McDonald’s and its franchisees. Having moved to the United States after attending college in Mexico, Juan’s educational accomplishments weren’t recognized by our systems. He attempted to enroll in an adult school in North Hollywood, only to be placed in ESL classes. After getting frustrated with the adult schooling process of having to drive to an institution, he temporarily gave up. Juan continued working at McDonald’s, working his way up from maintenance Read More…


Upskills: Improving Educational Opportunity for Today’s Workforce

The issue of improving educational opportunity for the U.S. workforce is on the minds of leaders across the United States. Policymakers, employers, and educators often use the term “upskill” to describe efforts to help the American labor force to obtain the training they need to reach the next level in their careers and, ultimately, transition to better-paying jobs. Notably, it’s been used by President Obama, who launched his Upskill Initiative during this year’s State of the Union Address. It’s a significant effort—one requiring sustained effort—but also presents a great opportunity for Cengage and ed2go with the potential Read More…


Student and Professional Organizations for Achieving Career Goals

Getting involved in student and professional organizations related to your desired career path is the perfect way to begin getting a sense of the field as well as making connections. This is particularly helpful for students who are new to selecting their major and are testing the waters or for those planning ahead for their entry into the workforce. Most schools offer opportunities to get involved with career-oriented organizations, but not all students are queuing up to join. Learn what percentage of students actually join career organizations and what you can do to encourage them.  Read More…


Tips for Students: Skill Building to Help You Find a Job

Are your college students learning the skills needed to enter today’s workforce? To find out what students themselves consider valuable, we asked over 3,ooo college students: “What skills do you believe you’ll need to enter today’s workforce?” Learn what skills students think they’ll need and some tips to share on how to develop them. Read More…