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Teaching for the future: Closing the jobs skills gap

from USA Today

For decades, Mike Hummon, an unemployed substitute music teacher, was frustrated in his quest to become a school band director. Now, he good-naturedly endures frustrations of a different sort as a 53-year-old student in an accelerated manufacturing class in Minneapolis. He isn't just seeking a new career as an operator of computer-controlled factory machines. Hummon, a dishwasher, two social service workers and several laid-off manufacturing and construction workers are on the front line of a campaign to close a puzzling gap in the labor market that has many U.S. employers struggling to find skilled workers despite the 7.8 percent jobless rate. more


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