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    1. 2015 Job Skills Report hones in on Colorado’s “Top Jobs”

      2015 Job Skills Report hones in on Colorado’s “Top Jobs”

      The third annual legislatively mandated Job Skills Report, released Monday, delves into labor and postsecondary education data to discover areas where an adequate number of degrees and certificates are being generated to meet future workforce needs, along with gaps in the workforce pipeline.

      This year’s report includes a list of Colorado’s 116 “Top Jobs.” This list examines jobs with above average projected growth, projected high job openings and a median hourly wage of $17.88 or greater. Jobs that have high projected growth and openings, while offering a sustainable living wage, are concentrated in construction/extraction, healthcare, finance ...

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    2. Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      Colorado job report pinpoints sectors with most future growth

      The construction, healthcare, finance and information technology sectors are projected to have the highest growth rates in the coming years in Colorado, according to the 2015 Job Skills Report released Monday.

      The report, compiled annually by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, uses data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to analyze degree programs offered by state public and private institutions, as well as…

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    3. Colorado remains at the top of national aerospace employment in 2014

      Colorado remains at the top of national aerospace employment in 2014

      Despite a decrease in overall aerospace industry employment nationwide, Colorado in 2014 retained its No. 1 ranking in the nation for private aerospace employment as a percentage of total employment, according to data from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

      The state also retained its No. 3 rank in total private-sector aerospace employment, behind Florida and California.

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    4. Jobless-rate moves in 2014: Colorado best, Louisiana worst

      Jobless-rate moves in 2014: Colorado best, Louisiana worst

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter.

      Across the country, changes in unemployment rates varied from state to state in 2014, but collectively the numbers pointed to a year of substantial improvement: Jobless rates fell in 46 states, and every one except Mississippi added jobs.

      Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs — just not enough to keep up with population growth.

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    5. PPCC plotting aggressive strategies

      PPCC plotting aggressive strategies

      Pikes Peak Community College has several plans in the works to educate people, ranging from teaching graphic arts to raising chickens to helping veterans after their service in the field. Later this month, PPCC President Lance Bolton will testify before the Capital Development Committee at the Colorado Legislature, requesting state funding for a proposed project… Continue Reading PPCC plotting ...

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    6. Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      Denver rises in top 10 ranking for science, tech professionals (Slideshow)

      The Denver metro area is inching its way up the list of top places for STEM graduates. STEM refers to the science, technology, engineering and math sectors, and is associated with statewide initiatives to draw companies to the state, as well as produce graduates with degrees in those fields. After claiming the No. 9 spot on a NerdWallet ranking last July, the Denver metro area landed the No. 4 spot on a recent WalletHub ranking that looks at the best and worst areas for STEM professionals.

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    7. ‘STEM-phasis’ revisited

      ‘STEM-phasis’ revisited

      Is there a shortage of engineers and scientists in the U.S. work force?

      The popular opinion is yes, the American education system isn’t producing enough science and math graduates. But new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corp. and the Urban Institute has countered this long-cited outlook with evidence that the reverse is actually true: There are more science and engineering workers in the U.S. than there are jobs.

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    8. 4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      4 Colorado cities rank among nation's 20 'best performing' for jobs, tech (Slideshow)

      Denver and three other Colorado metro areas are among the nation's top 20 "best-performing cities" of 2014, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Milken Institute. The report aims to identify "where America's jobs are created and sustained. "

      The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area comes in at No. 12 on the list, up from No. 15 in 2013. • For the ranking of three other Colorado cities in the top 20, as well as other U.S. cities, click on the image above. Milken — an economic…

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    9. Palmer students win Best in State app challenge

      Palmer students win Best in State app challenge

      A group of Palmer High School students recently won Best in State in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The competition tasked students to develop a concept for a mobile application that would solve a problem in their school or community. The winning students’ concept focused on creating new ways for teens to get involved… Continue Reading Palmer students win Best in State app challenge

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    10. KidsTek 15th Anniversary Gala

      KidsTek 15th Anniversary Gala

      Join us to celebrate our 15th year in operation at our annual Tech Leaders Dinner at Mile High Station. There will be a networking cocktail hour, silent auction and student demonstrations, entertainment, dinner, presentation of the Nancy J Sauer Philanthropy Award, and a live auction benefiting the numerous technology education programs for under-served youth in Colorado.

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    11. Colorado Springs faces tough question: Where have all the workers gone?

      Colorado Springs faces tough question: Where have all the workers gone?

      On the surface, the numbers are encouraging: The Colorado Springs area's unemployment rate declined by nearly a third, from 7.8 percent in October 2013 to 5.4 percent in October of this year.

      But dig a little deeper, and a bleaker picture emerges. Nearly half of the drop in the jobless rate resulted from more than 3,500 area residents leaving the local labor force. The cause is unclear, since there's no up-to-the-minute Census data that might help explain it.

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    12. Inspiring a STEM Future

      Inspiring a STEM Future

      I am the parent of a terminal engineer. You may recognize him, actually, either in yourself or in your own kids. His name is Corbin. He's thirteen. In those thirteen short years, he has taken to Legos about as easily as he took to breathing, he has taken out a car window with a vinegar and baking soda rocket, he has (with his co-conspirator friends) disassembled a home phone (without permission and then was unable to put it back together), and with those same friends built a "rocket sled" out of an ...

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