Monthly Archives: October 2012

Getting Latinos to the Finish Line

While Latino college enrollment has been surging the last few years, completion rates are not. With the help of a Kellogg Foundation grant, Excelencia in Education is helping colleges and universities develop strategies to get Latino college students through the academic pipeline:

… the grant will enable Excelencia to share with Single Stop’s constituents both tactical information about practical barriers that keep Latino students from existing support and services, as well as the positive impact of specific outreach and program strategies. This will involve community college leaders and student services professionals from leading institutions in up to seven key states, including Florida, California, New Mexico and Louisiana.

The Turnover Surge

Despite the tough labor situation, are more employees are voluntarily quitting their jobs in pursuit of a better one? Perhaps. As the economy slowly recovers, I think those “holding” onto a job will be looking for greener pastures in the coming months.

Much of the increase in separations is from workers voluntarily leaving their old jobs. People quitting their jobs now account for just over half of all job separations. (In addition to quits, layoffs and firings, job separations include a much smaller number of retirements, deaths and disability.)

Graphic via WSJ.

The Home Office

I’ve worked from home for the last 12 years – and I’ve loved every minute of it. I joke with people that a bad day at “the home office” is better than a good day at a real one.  Being able to work at home has many advantages (and yes, even some disadvantages!) but most important for me has been the opportunity to be a stay at home dad. Most days I get to see my kids out the door in the morning and come home in the afternoon. We can sit and chat about their day, and I can help with homework. What a deal!  So when I came across this article and report about the geography of those who work from home, it peeked my interest. There’s a lot of interesting information via this census report, but this was my favorite part:

Finally, working from home is associated with higher levels of happiness and well-being (measured by Gallup surveys with a correlation of .50). This is not surprising since long commutes by car are one of those things that takes the biggest negative toll on our happiness.

Like I said…. what a deal.


Jobs in the Middle

This is a great study by Georgetown University on the topic of “middle jobs.” These are jobs that require education and training beyond high school but less than a Bachelor’s degree, and secure middle-class earnings. According to the report, there are 29 million “middle jobs” in the United States that pay $35,000 or more on average and don’t require a Bachelor’s degree. In other words, these 29 million jobs might provide many with a ticket to the middle class.

Graphic via Georgetown University

Everyday is Hispanic Heritage Month

I missed posting during most of Hispanic Heritage Month but….why celebrate only one month, right?

Anyway, a couple good reads. The first via Diversity Inc. with lots of Hispanic data candy and articles related to Latinos. The second via National Journal introduces a new term, for me at least, for those teens or young adults who are not in school or working- “disconnected.” It’s an interesting read and study. Enjoy them both!

Image via DiversityInc.



A Crazy Month

Hey Everyone! Apologies for the absence. I had a four week training recently that swallowed up most of my blogging time (not to mention a nagging 8 day cold!). Back to business now. While I was away, my new article on recruiting Latinos in the mobile age was just published in NSHMBA Magazine. The digital version should be out soon! Glad to be back!