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Change We Can Believe In
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President Barack Obama offers bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make health care affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world.

For daily updates on President Barack Obama, visit the White House blog at:

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200 Best Jobs through Apprenticeships
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Learn about a route to career entry that gives you a paycheck while you participate in worksite training and classroom learning—tuition free. Apprenticeship is a system of job training that turns trainees into highly skilled workers with a nationally recognized credential that may bring income and job security as good as or better than what college graduates enjoy. Apprenticeships are often called the “other four-year degree” because they help workers earn as much as or even more than college graduates.


This book opens your eyes to the many career possibilities through apprenticeships and includes more than 60 “best jobs” lists and detailed descriptions of the 200 best apprenticeable jobs. The best apprenticeable jobs lists are organized by pay, growth through 2016, openings, 16 career clusters/interest areas, Holland personality types, high-growth industries, number of apprenticeship years required, union membership, percentage of women and men in the jobs, and popularity. In addition to the best jobs lists and thorough job descriptions, this book provides the latest in-depth information on apprenticeships. It lists all 981 apprenticeships that are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and explains how to become an apprentice, where the opportunities are, what the requirements are, what the pros and cons are, and much more.

The book covers new developments in apprenticeships, lists 100 new nationally registered apprenticeships, and features the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor. Nearly 30 new lists rank best apprenticeable jobs by union membership and by high-growth industries, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, energy, geospatial technology, health care, homeland security, and nanotechnology. Each occupation now includes information on the percentage of workers with union membership, average union wage, and beginning wage.


Over 450,000 people—including minorities, women, youth, people with disabilities, and workers who have been laid off from their jobs—participate in apprenticeship programs. “The government’s return on investment in registered apprenticeship clearly outperforms other types of government-sponsored job training programs,” according to information from the U.S. Department of Labor.
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150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs
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In a rocky economy, everyone wants a rock-solid career. And you don’t need to trade salary for security. This new book uncovers the 150 most secure, good-paying jobs in good and bad times.


A total of 75 lists rank the best recession-proof jobs by pay, growth, and openings, plus by education level, personality type, career clusters/interests, age, part-time work, and self-employment. Bonus lists reveal the most recession-proof metropolitan areas and states, the most recession-proof skills, and the jobs very sensitive to recession.


The detailed job descriptions give helpful facts on pay, growth, openings, tasks, skills needed, education and training required, work environment, job security, highest- and lowest-growth industries for the job, and fastest-growing metropolitan areas for the job.


A special part explains how to recession-proof your career, how the information can help in both good and bad economic times, and the short-term and long-term outlook. Readers gain career tips for shaky times, including how to be the irreplaceable worker.
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Second Chance Day on the Hill
Join hundreds, and advocate for change. Hear the stories of those who have struggled to move beyond their past, become contributing members of our community and redeem themselves.

Feb. 11, 2009
10 a.m.
Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, MN.

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Workforce Centers: Your One-Stop Employment Shop
Looking for free job skills counseling and training? James Houston, a Rehabilitation Services Placement Coordinator at the South Minneapolis Workforce Center, offers the following information about this important community employment resource.

What are the Workforce Centers? How can they help former ACF residents looking for work?

Minnesota Workforce Centers (WFC) are one-stop employment shops located across the state. Individuals, who use WFC’s can use our computer labs to search for jobs, write résumés and respond to job inquiries. Many WFC’s also offer job search education and training and opportunities to meet with local employers. WFCs also house other non-profit organizations of assistance to job seekers.
How does a placement coordinator help ACF residents looking for work?

ACF residents who are eligible for the Rehabilitation Services program will be able to work with a placement coordinator. Placement coordinators provide many basic services such as creating résumés, filling out applications and finding job leads. They also do interview and job etiquette training to prepare ACF residents for the interview process. A placement coordinator can also do job coaching so that once you get a job, you will be able to maintain it.

Any suggestions that you can share for ex-offenders/ACF residents who are looking for work in the current economy?

The best advice I can give during these times are to be realistic, patient, and persistent.  There are jobs out there, but the search will be tough. However, if your goal is to get a job, you have to keep pushing. Also, it is easier to get a job if you have one, so I would advise against holding out for the perfect position.  Being flexible in the types of jobs you will consider allows for more opportunities.

For more information, call 888.438.5627 or visit the Minnesota Workforce Center website at www.mnwfc.org.
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