Moving Up in the New Economy

Moving Up in the New Economy

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qThe United States used to be a country where ordinary people could expect to improve their economic condition as they moved through life. For millions of us, this is no longer the case. Many Americans today have a lower standard of living as adults than they had in their parents' homes as children. . . . This book is about restoring the upward mobility of U.S. workers. Specifically, it addresses the workforce-development strategy of creating not just jobs, but career€”from Moving Up in the New EconomyCareer-ladder strategies create opportunities for low-wage workers to learn new skills and advance through a progression of higher-skilled and better-paid jobs. For example, nurses' aides can become licensed practical nurses, administrative assistants can become information technology workers, and bank tellers can become loan officers.Career-ladder programs could provide opportunities for upward mobility and also stave off impending national shortages of skilled workers. But there are a variety of obstacles that must be faced candidly if career-ladder programs are to succeed. In Moving Up in the New Economy, Joan Fitzgerald explores specific programs in different sectors of the economya€”health care, child care, education, manufacturing, and biotechnologya€”to offer a comprehensive analysis of this innovative approach to job training. Addressing the successes achieveda€”and the problems faceda€”by career-ladder programs, this timely book will be of interest to anyone interested in career development, workforce training, and employment issues, especially those that affect low-wage workers.TABLE 5.1 Biotechnology technician job descriptions Position Responsibilities Entry-Level Education Facilities ... weighs, measures, and checks raw materials AA/AS degree in mechanical/electrical field or high school diploma and 5 years ofanbsp;...

Title:Moving Up in the New Economy
Author: Joan Fitzgerald (Ph. D.)
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2006-01-01

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