Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bildung baby?

Not a U2 album , a question -after reading:
"Ever hear of Germany?
Instead of regurgitating meaningless economic platitudes, newscasters and pundits should confront some facts about Germany’s extensive manufacturing sector.
  • Fact #1: Germany uses the most advanced technologies in the world.
  • Fact #2: Manufacturing workers in Germany earn much more than their U.S. counterparts: (44.7% more in textiles, 44.6% more in chemicals, 34.2% more in machine tools, and 66.9% more in the automobiles industry.)
  • Fact #3: Manufacturing jobs make up 22% of the German workforce and account for 21% of the GDP. U.S. manufacturing jobs make up only 11% of our workforce and only 13% of our GDP.
  • Fact #4: The economic gods either speak German or the Germans are doing things differently from their U.S counterparts.
Rather than"... See full article .

As compared with the discussion here:
"The rise of the robots--these jobs that people in my region need are going to be innovated away,” said Granillo. “What are they going to do? It’s not about us. We’re the 'thinkocracy.' There are a whole bunch of Americans who are in for a world of hurt and they don’t even know it.”
Fellow panelist California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom agreed. “It’s the issue of automation, which I think is so foundational. Today, Uber is rolling out their first driverless cars and Amazon announced their first automated grocery store. Something big is happening to the plumbing of the world and we need to take it much more seriously than we are taking it.”
The second panel on state's workforce benefited from having leaders representing all three of California's higher education systems, plus the president of the California State Board of Education, Michael Kirst. The session focused on the challenge of producing one million more graduates with bachelor’s degrees and one million more middle-skilled credentials to fill the jobs needed in the emerging industries.
University of California President Janet Napolitano had some good news about how California’s higher educational system is built and how it can help contribute to the success of the challenge.
“One thing that California has that other states do not, are segments of higher education, organized to reduce redundancy and also organized so any high school student in California can have access to higher education," said Napolitano. "No other state has that. California needs to invest in that. We need to think about that as infrastructure. It’s infrastructure for workforce, for creativity.”
Loren Blanchard, executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for California State University system, added that many students coming out of CSUs have an advantage over other graduates because 61 percent of them do not pay tuition (they have scholarships and grants) and 50 percent graduate debt-free.
“When we talk about social mobility, that is the lynchpin,” said Blanchard. "They can move out of colleges and universities and into the workforce."
To achieve the One Million Worker Challenge, the Workforce Action Team created a 2017 plan, which includes:
1. Enabling Students to Define Their Future
The Summit will assist communities and regions to strengthen student-focused strategies and tools to help all students chart a path to employment, whether they are seeking certifications for skilled jobs or profession-oriented bachelor’s degrees.
2. Create a Coordinator System of Connecting Employers and Institutions
The Summit will work with institutions to develop new tools, technologies and practices that will allow employers to inform curriculum and programs to increase the value to students and develop a system of continuous improvement.
3. Accelerate Innovation, Adaption and Replication
California needs to encourage innovations that reduce time to completion and lead to meaningful employment.
4. Increase Return on Investment and Ensure Adequate and Reliable Funding for Priorities
To protect this year’s investments from budget cuts in the next recession, the Summit will strategy for long-term funding stability by leveraging existing funds, documenting value and results and committing to continuous improvement.
In the past year, the Workforce Action Team found success with a $200 million investment in the Strong Workforce Program, a career technical education funding and coordination initiative and extension of the Higher Education Innovation Award.
Now the team’s job will be to maintain that momentum in 2017 and making sure California's regions and employers are engaged with upgrading the state's workforce pipeline."

Also see Newsom and Napolitano comments on higher Ed here:

Other contrast-
Bildung hang ups and in relation to the above in depth  here:


UCSF Losing Some IT Staff to Outsourcing

Donald Trump made globalization and job loss a big theme of his successful presidential campaign. And right now, there’s an example of the kind of job loss he was talking about happening at UC San Francisco.

“It’s a silent destruction of really important innovation, high-wage, really the knowledge-based economy jobs that we’re supposed to be moving into,” Hira says.
He says what’s really scary is that we don’t know how many IT jobs America has lost. The government doesn’t keep track of it, he says. Hira has studied IT offshoring for over a decade, and he has been gathering numbers to try to get a picture of this job loss." See full article and this sound:

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