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October 12, 2018
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Local High School Students Attain Workforce Skills Through Opportunity Jobs Academy

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 12, 2018) – This week marked the beginning of the sixth class of the Opportunity Jobs Academy (OJA) at Edgewater High School. A community-based initiative of the Opportunity Jobs Foundation (OJF), OJA is an after-school program designed to introduce 16-18 year olds and other high school students to the skill sets they […]

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September 27, 2018
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Why Mentoring Matters, And How To Get Started

By Lizz Schumer, The New York Times, September 26, 2018 Professional mentorships used to be the workplace norm, but today they’re hard to find, even though they matter more than ever. Here’s how to find one, and how to get the most from it. My first desk had an inert hand grenade in one corner and […]

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August 17, 2018
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Youth Unemployment Hits A 50-year Low, But There’s A Catch

By Aimee Picchi, CBS, August 17, 2018 There’s a good news/bad news situation with youth unemployment. More young Americans — defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as people between the ages of 16 to 24 — are working this summer, pushing the unemployment rate for the group to a 52-year low. But there’s a […]

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August 9, 2018
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Brands See Advantages In Worker Education Benefits

By Ron Ruggless, Nation’s Restaurant News, August 9, 2018 Restaurant companies are increasingly reaping rewards from employee benefit programs such as tuition assistance and other educational advancement, leaders in such companies as McDonald’s Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill say. As companies look to increase employee retention rates in an increasingly tightening labor market, the educational […]

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August 3, 2018
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Why So Many Poor Kids Who Get Into College Don’t End Up Enrolling

By Alvin Chang, VOX, Aug 3, 2018 Every spring, millions of students graduate high school with every intention of attending college. By the fall, an astounding portion of them never show up to college This phenomenon is so common it has a name: “summer melt.” And the effects are stronger for students from a lower […]

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July 30, 2018
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More Summer Jobs Turn Permanent As Employers Struggle To Find Good Workers

By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, July 30, 2018 With employers scrambling for workers, they’re increasingly viewing summer hires not as temporary laborers to meet a seasonal surge in demand but as a tantalizing pool of potential employees. As summer jobs season enters its final weeks, more businesses are making permanent job offers to their seasonal […]

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July 29, 2018
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Employers Eager to Hire Try a New Policy: ‘No Experience Necessary’

By Kelsey Gee, The Washington Post, July 29, 2018 Americans looking to land a first job or break into a dream career face their best odds of success in years. Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to speed up hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates. Many […]

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July 24, 2018
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McDonald’s Workforce Preparedness Study Shows Importance of Soft Skills Development in First Jobs

By McDonald’s Corporation, July 24, 2018 McDonald’s today released the findings of its Workforce Preparedness Study that sought to understand American opinion of skills development and workforce preparedness across generations. Soft skills, such as teamwork, customer service and responsibility were found to be overwhelmingly important. McDonald’s commissioned Morning Consult to conduct a survey in May […]

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May 30, 2018
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Orlando’s Economy Must Invest in Young People

By Joe Kefauver It’s no secret the economy is humming right along. Here in Central Florida, our world-leading tourism economy is booming with a record number of visitors in 2017 and projections show an even more successful 2018. The biggest challenge facing employers right now is not finding customers, it’s finding employees to serve them. […]

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May 21, 2018
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It is time to bring back the summer job. Here is why, and tips for finding one.

By Elisabeth Leamy, The Washington Post, May 21, 2018 The lifeguard scans the water methodically from behind mirrored sunglasses. Perched on an elevated chair at a Northwest Washington apartment complex pool, she looks like a hard-working American teen. When she opens her mouth to coordinate with a fellow lifeguard, the words she calls out are […]

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