Employment Pipeline Gets a Boost

By | January 17th, 2018|Article|

One of the biggest challenges facing employers today is how to connect with today's students to create a working employment pipeline. This challenge may have been ameliorated recently with a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division ruling on January 5, which provides less stringent guidelines regarding internships. According to Doug Cullen of Pinkerton [...]

Informational Industry Tours a Big Hit at SST

By | January 4th, 2018|Article|

In early December, dozens of school counselors, school board members and administrators attended an Informational Industry Tour at the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) in Exeter. At this event, the focus was on the Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality Industry, according to Equity Counselor Sharon Spooner. "Our aim for providing this tour was for school counselors, [...]

Workforce Readiness Through the HR Lens

By | December 8th, 2017|Article|

With NH currently facing a workforce shortage that is only expected to grow more serious in the next few years, the HR State Council of New Hampshire has become an increasingly important and vocal resource. "Our focus is to support the HR community through legislative efforts, networking events and a variety of HR related initiatives, [...]

Building a Workforce Development Pipeline

By | November 27th, 2017|Article, Uncategorized|

With unemployment rates at historic lows, every sector in industry is struggling with workforce development questions and challenges, which led to a "Conversation Café" this past summer at which numerous stakeholders weighed in on the issue.    The brainstorming session was spearheaded by the New Hampshire HR Council, the Manchester Area Human Resource Association (MAHRA) [...]

Automotive Education Scholarship Awarded

By | November 20th, 2017|Article, Automotive|

Nicholas Raynes of Exeter received a $1,000 scholarship from the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation (NHAEF). He was given an additional $1,500 scholarship last year.  Nick is in his second year at Nashua Community College, where he is pursuing an associate degree in automotive technology. In addition to his studies, Nick is working in the service department at [...]

“Manufacturing” a Path to Success

By | November 10th, 2017|Article|

A 4-year college or university is not the only pathway to a successful career, which is something Joe Peterson wishes he knew when he graduated high school in 2008. Acknowledging he felt pressure to attend post-secondary school of some kind while also admitting he had no concrete plan for his future, he enrolled in a [...]

NH Students Share What is Working to Get Them Ready for the Future

By | October 31st, 2017|Article|

As automation and artificial intelligence continue to change the way all industries operate, students planning for college and careers face a unique challenge – securing educational opportunities that will serve them in a world where employment needs change faster than the time it takes to earn a post-secondary degree or job training. The Ready in [...]

Future Looks Bright for Construction

By | October 24th, 2017|Article, Building & Construction Trades|

On Thursday, October 26, hundreds of business owners, architects, contractors and others are expected to attend the Annual “Excellence in Construction” Awards, presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors, New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter (ABCNHVT). At the event in which there are seats for 50 teachers and students at no charge, ABCNHVT’s Jennifer Landon said the purpose [...]

Building Connections

By | October 19th, 2017|Article|

On Friday, October 20, the Seacoast School of Technology will host a College and Career Fair with more than 65 colleges, technical programs, local businesses and military representatives expected in attendance. According to Equity Counselor Sharon Spooner, the objective behind the nearly full-day event is to help students gather information so they can make informed [...]

When One Door Closes, Another Opens for CTE

By | October 12th, 2017|Article|

For White Mountains Regional High School (WMRHS), the opportunity to transform its CTE program was about finding an open door after another one shut. “A few years ago, we were up for sizable renovations, which would’ve expanded many of the CTE classrooms, but unfortunately both measures failed,” explained Rob Scott, CTE Director at WMRHS. “It [...]