Monthly Archives: June 2011

Taking Some R & R

It’s been a long few months with the move to Madison and tons of other projects and classes. Off to vacation in our “home away from home” for the next week or so. 

Will push up some posts if I get a chance. Ciao!

Newport, RI

Don't Give Us Your Poor, Your Hungry…or Your PhDs

Immigration is an economic nexus that provides organizations with talent in key industries. Aside from intellectual muscle, immigration also instills cultural and artistic life into our country. Countless studies, reports, and think tanks forewarn a workforce shortage if we don’t fix our immigration system. Yet, many still don’t see it this way. A recent Gallup poll measures American attitudes toward immigration and categorizes these attitudes by age and educational level. Note anything interesting?  

Fond du Lac

You’re probably not familiar with the name of the town above. I wasn’t. It’s a town located Northeast of Madison.  I didn’t know this town existed until I read a special report by a local newspaper on the city’s increasing Latino population. While the trend is a familiar one around the country, it’s the first article, or series of articles, that takes an in-depth look at how this growing population is impacting a small community.

The Latino(less) South

Georgia (and other Southern states for that matter) is dealing with farm labor shortages because of recent immigration policies. The L.A. Times shares the story of Don Pedro and his efforts to help find farm workers – many of who have already fled the state. Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Agriculture reports farmers needed to fill more than 11,000 positions this year. Solution:

Meanwhile, Gov. Nathan Deal would announce that Georgia was considering a new solution to the labor shortage. Perhaps the work could be done by unemployed probationers.

 Yeah, that’ll work.

Walk in Their Shoes

The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has a sobering look at the educational experiences young men of color. It’s an intimate look at the experiences of minority students including the pressures and stress associated with being “different” in a variety of settings. These experiences obviously do not end once Latinos and other minorities enter the workforce.

Many of the stories resonate with me, especially losing interest in friends that chose a much different, and sometimes unfortunate, path in life.

A full report is here. Also, take time to listen to some of these stories. Extraordinary.

Priced Out: The Cost of a College Education

CNN-Money shares a simple but telling graphic regarding the increase cost of a college education and median income. According to the article  “…if incomes had kept up with surging college costs, the typical American would be earning $77,000 a year. But in reality, it’s nowhere near that.” 

This is particularly disheartening for low-income students – they’re literally getting priced out of college. I understand the rising costs are caused by numerous factors including budget cuts, infrastructure, salaries, etc. However, for whatever the reasons, the fewer people have access to higher education the more our workforce will suffer.