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The Business Case for Registered Apprenticeship

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Why would a company add the cost of setting up Registered Apprenticeships? What is the value proposition?   Is it because the apprentice will get a federal apprenticeship certificate? No, that won’t make a company more profitable.   Is it because the apprentice can take a related instruction classes at a local community college, or […]

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The Ketchum Group, LLC to Participate in Workforce Training Grant

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Date: July 11, 2016 Information Contact:  robert.ketchum@ketchumgroup.net   Local Company to Participate in Workforce Training Grant   Pacific Cabinets will use a $63,170 Workforce Development Training Grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to train 11 new and retrain 11 current permanent, full-time workers at its Ferdinand, Idaho, manufacturing facility.  The Ketchum Group (TKG) has been retained […]

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Career help wanted. University of Idaho meeting the need for career and technical education instructors.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Previously published in the Coeur d’Alene Press on Monday, May 23, 2016 Dale Sprouse spent 30 years making things. Now he’s teaching high school students how to do the same at the Kootenai Technical Education Campus in Rathdrum. “This is my playground,” said Sprouse, who teaches automated manufacturing and engineering design at KTEC.  “I love what […]

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Generations–and generalizations

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

About ten years ago, we were informed that we must adapt to yet another challenge in the workplace. We were told that we faced significant workplace issues based on generational differences. My reaction when faced with the topic of generations in the workforce is to be reminded of the classic rock song (1972) by Neil […]

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Selection trumps training for successful employees

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

As an educator, I have often heard from employers: “Give us trainable new employees that will show up on time and provide an honest day’s work.” Some states in the USA have adopted work-readiness certification that helps answer the question of a person’s trainability. What we are less prepared to answer is the question of […]

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Can’t teach? Then cause learning.

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

by Robert G. Ketchum, Ph.D. “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” – Socrates  The history of teaching in America is defined by the perception of the low value of teachers. In the 1890’s, Horace Mann advocated the hiring of female teachers since they could be paid less than men! And, he […]

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Ask YouTube

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

If you are over 40, you may recall industrial arts classes in school. Sometimes referred to as “shop.” Industrial arts classes were part of what is now called career and technical education. Industrial arts was not primarily intended to develop skill for employment, but to develop technological literacy with the tools and materials of daily […]

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The real question is, can you do the job?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

We are all familiar with the “everyone must go to college” message. Not as widely promoted is the message of industry-based certification. Business and industry-based certification can supplement, and serve as an alternative approach to measuring work-readiness. Many businesses increasingly use the college degree as a sorting strategy for applicants, often with mixed results. A […]

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Expanding career and technical education

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Expanding in the USA? No, but career and technical education is expanding in China! The Chinese government recently announced a dramatic “pivot” toward vocational education. The Chinese plan includes converting 600 colleges into vocational schools. The Chinese plan also includes boosting the number of vocational students from 29 million to 39 million, a 34% increase. […]

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What happened to vocational education?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

  A University of Idaho colleague recently asked me, “What defines technical education?” This question was not unusual; I have answered this question many times before.   The answer requires some explanation. Beginning in the 1980’s, what was called vocational education for decades was rebranded nationwide as career and technical education (CTE.) This was done […]

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