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Training Courses in Big Demand for Job Seekers and Career-Switchers Alike

Because the U.S.  labor market remains stuck in slow-growth mode,  the job training sector continues to enjoy a surge -- not just for the legions of unemployed workers but also underemployed folks looking to make career changes that hold brighter long-term prospects.  One major focal point of this trend: community colleges around the nation, which are struggling to keep pace with demand for job-training courses and expand training facilities.  According to the Des Moines Register, nationwide community college enrollment has spiked 17 percent in the last year, a record high.

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Should Learning & Development Fall Under HR or Operations?

Recently I read through a discussion on the Chief Learning Officers Network that caught my eye: "Should L&D report to HR or operations?" As a learning professional, I have reported directly to both operations and HR, and I definitely have a strong opinion about where the learning department should report. However, when it comes right down to it, what matters most is the culture of the organization.

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A 3-Part Tech Cocktail For Trouble-Free Training

Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a Website, live inside your training presentation, without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a Web browser?  Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint -- only to resort to cropping the image and spreading it across multiple slides?  How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and don't have the supporting files or exhibits you need?

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7 Job Skills Tech Employers Are Hiring for Now

With the economy still stuck in slow-growth mode, many job-seekers are scrambling to add new and improved skills to their resumes. In the tech sector, in fact, employers are dealing with a labor shortage that job hunters can target, if they know where to start. Here are some of the most in-demand tech skills -- and some details about the training required to attain them -- that top the list:

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3 Ways to Make Mandatory Training Less Mandatory, More Effective

What's the most sure-fire way to ensure people do not learn anything from a training program? Easy. Send an email announcement with a "MANDATORY TRAINING Next Week" subject line.

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Best Practices for Converting Files into Online Courses

Converting your Training Content for Online Delivery

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3 Ways to Get Inspired for Your Biggest Training Challenges

Whenever I feel like my training efforts will never scratch the surface of the real problems, or that I'll never make headway with a project stakeholder, win over that difficult SME, or build trust with an audience full of skeptics, I find that a little perspective goes a long way in helping to renew my focus and energize my thinking.

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Who Are the Smartest People in the World?

The verifiability and practicality of IQ tests is hotly debated in academic and popular circles: Does it really measure intelligence? Is it racist, sexist, and/or ageist? What kinds of people benefit from them? What's a modern-day genius, anyway?

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Janitors With PhDs?

With debt levels soaring, tuition costs on the rise, and record unemployment rates for recent college graduates (4.4% -- the highest in since 1970), are college degrees becoming less relevant? Here's a surprising look at the state of higher learning:

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5 Essential Web Apps for the Lean Small Business, from Mashable (12/21/10)

5 Essential Web Apps for the Lean Small Business, from Mashable (12/21/10)

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