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Trump’s visa order met with mixed reaction from U.S. tech

Silicon Valley leaders have been locked in a tense standoff with U.S. President Donald Trump over his hard-line stance on immigration, but the tech industry appears to be embracing Mr. Trump’s latest efforts at immigration reform. An executive order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that Mr. Trump signed on Tuesday calls for federal agencies to review the H-1B program, which grants 65,000 temporary working visas to immigrants employed in select high-skilled fields such as technology and medicine, and another 20,000 to workers with graduate degrees from universities in the United States. The future of the program, which awards visas...

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TRANSMOSIS CEO TO SPEAK AT THE INFORMATION ASSURANCE SYMPOSIUM

Transmosis CEO, Chase Norlin, to speak at the Information Assurance Symposium Track 3: Sustaining a Cyber Workforce. Tuesday June 20th  [10:15-11:15] The Track 3 “Sustaining a Cyber Workforce” Lead for the NSA Information Assurance Symposium (IAS) 2017 . You are scheduled to brief on Tuesday June 20th 1015-1115. The Information Assurance (IA) mission at NSA is pleased to announce that the Information Assurance Symposium (IAS) is coming to the Baltimore Convention Center and Hilton Hotel, Baltimore, MD 19-21 June. The Information Assurance Symposium is the premier IA event at which leaders and practitioners share vital information and provide direction and...

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Teach Cybersecurity with Apprenticeship Instead

Governments, private industry, and tech culture can all benefit from a cyber workforce built on quality apprenticeships What do you think of when you think of apprenticeship? Try to find stock photos for “apprenticeship”, and your search results will abound with safety goggles, bandsaws, and coiled air hoses. Americans imagine apprentices as carpenters, plumbers, and machinists, and for good reason: there is a long and proud tradition of apprenticeship in construction trades, which had about 30 percent of all registered American apprenticeships in 2016. This apprenticeship tradition helped build the physical infrastructures – highways, ports, and energy grids –...

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TRANSMOSIS CEO TO SPEAK AT THE IEDC 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Transmosis CEO, Chase Norlin, to speak at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. With the emergence of new global markets, communities need to work together to encourage competition and advance economic growth. This must-attend event for economic developers – IEDC’s first annual conference outside of the United States – will focus on how to Connect, Collaborate, and Create at the global level to contribute to the transformation of local, state, and regional economies. Toronto and its surrounding region are consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation, and liveability. Few cities in the world can offer such...

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Nevada taking aggressive steps to increase its appeal to tech companies

Even with its recent push to attract technology-related companies, Nevada still ranks relatively low compared to the rest of the country in its tech workforce. Nevada is No. 38 in the nation in tech employment, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Cyberstates 2017 report released earlier this month. Nevada also ranked No. 38 in 2016’s report. The study showed that Nevada has 31,003 tech industry employees, working in 5,003 tech businesses. The tech sector makes up 2.5 percent of the overall workforce in the state. “Nevada is struggling, there is little question about that,” said Josh Leavitt,...

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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6 percent–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to find workers with the skills to man new machines and manage new processes. One solution has enchanted employers, educators, and policymakers on both sides of the...

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25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2017

It may come as no surprise that tech and physician jobs pay six-figures, but for the average American job hunting, it may be even more important to know where they can work that pays highly. The good news — many companies are offering top dollar for skilled talent. Glassdoor’s latest report reveals the 25 Highest Paying Companies in America for 2017. In addition to ramping up hiring, all of these companies are offering employees, on average, six-figure paychecks. This report is based on each company’s median total compensation, compiled by looking at salary reports at companies in which employees...

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After Robots Take Over Our Jobs, Then What?

After robots take over our jobs, what is next? Guaranteed incomes? A public service job creation program? More conferences on “the future of work”? Today, not a week goes by without a new study being released or conference convened on robots replacing jobs or a newspaper account of a new use of robots taking the place of workers (this week Domino’s Pizza announced it was using robots to deliver pizzas in Europe). In turn, the subject has come center stage in meetings of education and workforce professionals. At the March meeting of the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), for...

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Trump Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program That Feeds Silicon Valley

The U.S. administration began to deliver on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to crack down on a work visa program that channels thousands of skilled overseas workers to companies across the technology industry. Fed up with a program it says favors foreign workers at the expense of Americans, the Trump administration rolled out a trio of policy shifts. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday made it harder for companies to bring overseas tech workers to the U.S. using the H-1B work visa. On Monday, the agency issued a memo laying out new measures to combat what it called...

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Can We Get to 5 Million “Apprenticeships” in 5 Years?

It looks like the White House has caught apprenticeship fever, and that’s great news for millions of Americans who need access to good jobs and employers looking for talent. Calls for expanding apprenticeship are coming from both sides of the aisle and even from CEOs of America’s most innovative companies. Just last month, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff called for creating 5 million apprenticeships in just 5 years. Silicon Valley is known for “moonshot” goals, and this one certainly fits the bill. Should the Trump Administration decide to embrace Mark Benioff’s challenge, one of the first questions they will have...

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