Another WIRED update September 6, 2006Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Education, Innovation, Technology, WIRED, Workforce.
Cleaning out the inbox, with lots of WIRED updates from around the country:
- The Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, Missouri received $193,000 to offer a financial assistance program for already-degreed nurses (BSNs, to be specific) seeking a graduate degree in order to teach. In theory, this would create more teaching faculty and more nursing school student seats…and ease the shortage of nurses in the Kansas City area.
- Dr. James Mitchell, president of Alabama’s Wallace State Community College, and Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Mississippi’s Jones County Junior College, offer an excellent op-ed that highlights WIRED as an integral part of building and “enterprise-ready” region in the Deep South. These school leaders – and others in their region – put it best when they say, “When community and regional leaders align in their approach to development, regional identity begins to form. Then, when citizens at the crossroads start to believe “enterprise-ready” is a good thing, we will have our regional identity.” (On a parochial note, they reference the State of Indiana’s Rural Indiana Strategy for Excellence (RISE) 2020 initiative, which is being developed by the Purdue Center for Rural Development. I attended a RISE 2020 community input session in Columbia City, Indiana and found the project very interesting.)
- The US Department of Labor issued a Labor Day 2006 release entitled “Profile of the American Worker – Strong, Competitive and Growing,” in which WIRED is listed among a number of initiatives created to advance the American workforce.
- Labor Secretary Chao visited New Jersey to discuss the administration’s workforce/labor strategy, as well as to talk up WIRED. The article states, “The New Jersey initiative seeks to revitalize urban areas such as Newark by encouraging development of health services, life sciences, transportation and logistics, and advanced manufacturing. A NREIA study said these industries could potentially add more than 130,500 jobs to the Northern New Jersey region over the next 10 years.”