Archives for February 2013

The Best Way to Learn STEM

Getting engaged in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—pays major dividends for a child’s future. Not only are STEM careers desperately needed (look here, here and here), but they can be some of the most fulfilling careers out there. However, for some, STEM in the classroom is not an inherently exciting subject. Supplementing that education with project-based learning opens students’ eyes to the future career they could have in STEM. What is project-based Continue Reading >

Article Highlights Need for Construction Industry

We know we are a little late to the game on this one, but we need to share it. A recent USA Today article “Construction Industry Faces Worker Shortage” makes the perfect platform for explaining why workforce development matters: 2.2 million= the number of jobs the construction industry shed from January 2007 until last year Those construction workers aren’t coming back to work. Many leveraged their construction skills for a career in oil and gas drilling, trucking or factories. Now, as Continue Reading >

Soft Skills: The MVP of a Good Workplace

Knowing how to communicate, dealing with conflict, practicing proper office etiquette, working in a team—these are a few of the soft skills that turn a good employee into a great one. However, soft skills are not easily taught because, for many of us, these are habits that we’ve been practicing our whole life. Luckily, Chris Fortune, our FOCUS program director, has been teaching soft skills for quite a while. Part of Gateway graduates’ success stems from the at least 16 hours of instruction Continue Reading >