Good Bye and Thank You, President Obama


I am a realistic optimist. Nine years ago I truly did not believe that I would see a black person as U.S. president until I was old and gray. Then Obama won in Iowa and I thought, “yes he can.”
I can’t describe how important Obama is to me personally and politically. He was a great president because he is a great man, compassionate and intelligent. He was not a perfect president and did things that I did not agree with but I always knew he was doing the best that he could and trusted his decision making.
To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, today I do not cry because it’s over, I smile because it happened.

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People Of Color Missing From High-Wage Careers


youngmenAfrican Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans adults are underrepresented in high skilled, high status occupations, such as management positions.

Researchers found African Americans employed in managerial professions at 40% the rate of White Americans (Bigler et al.). High concentration in low-skilled occupations and low representation in high-skilled occupations leads to lower wage earnings and wealth accumulation for members of ethnic minority groups.

>> Culture Plays Role In Hiring Gap <<

This gap in the number of ethnic minorities in high-skilled occupations will have a harmful effect on the entire workforce. Continue reading

Get Your GED For Free in Minnesota


Graduation cap and diplomaThe General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.

The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:

MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED

Minnesota Public Radio news blog

3 Ways To Make Career Fairs Worth Your Time


1) Show up.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

dontbelateEmployers hire PEOPLE not resumes. If you don’t go to the career fair you are missing a prime chance to talk directly with a hiring manager or other employees at the companies you want to work for. You will also miss the chance to find out about companies and opportunities you were not previously aware of.

Get dressed, be prepared and GO to the job fair.

2) Have a plan. Work your plan.

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