Bishop State takes issue with Wallethub survey–touts workforce development

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — This past August, the financial analysis company Wallethub offered up a survey of the best and worst community colleges in the country. Bishop State in Mobile came in 692 our of 698 colleges profiled. That had the school’s administration immediately pushing back.

“It was very upsetting to me—to the administration, faculty, and staff here at Bishop,” said President Reginald Sykes.

Sykes says Wallethub must not have done their homework when it comes to finding out what Bishop is doing to further workforce development along the Gulf Coast, including several programs designed to land people jobs.

“With workforce training, our career tech program, a student can come here and learn a skill and go to work,” he said.

Those programs include courses like the one at Bishop State’s campus on Dauphin Island Parkway. It’s a partnership with Alabama Power that started last year that has already landed

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Skills mismatch an issue of concern

SKILLS mismatch has been a persistent issue in Malaysia where the expertise of jobseekers, particularly fresh graduates, do not match industry requirements.

This situation has caused some employers to look for the right talents abroad and ended up hiring non-nationals or expatriates for certain positions.

Hence, there is a need to reflect upon the larger picture or structural issues that underly skills mismatch in the country.

The Higher Education Ministry and Human Resources Ministry are two key ministries which play a crucial role in addressing the supply (jobseekers) and demand (job vacancies) in the labour market.

Our education system today churns out approximately 300,000 graduates every year and what is of great concern is that Malaysia has one of the highest graduate unemployment rates in Asean.

Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan views skills mismatch as a costly affair.

“The estimated cost (from skills mismatch of global

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NJ School Districts Issue Clear Cry for Help

Credit: (AP Photo/LM Otero)
File photo: Teacher Ann Darby checks the temperature of sixth-grader Anthony Gonzales at a summer STEM camp in Wylie, Texas on July 14, 2020. The debate over reopening schools continues across the U.S. One major factor is cost, some of which — but by no means all — for New Jersey schools Gov. Phil Murphy addressed in his revised budget.

Title: “Choosing the Best Road Back for Our Children: The Second in a Series of Reports on Education During the Pandemic”

Author: The New Jersey School Boards Association, representing all of the state’s more than 600 boards of education.

Date: Aug. 31, 2020

What it says: The latest report follows an initial report in May that started to gather information and recommendations from school boards and their superintendents on how schools were reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Going a step further, this report provides a series

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