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How Best Buy is Helping to Fill the Skills Gap

According to Technology First Magazine, each year in the U.S. there are 120,000 new jobs that require a computer science degree, but only 49,000 students are graduating with information technology related majors. No one needs advanced mathematical training to know that this means approximately 71,000 IT jobs may remain vacant. The Best Buy Community Foundation is helping to fill the skills gap by providing grants to organizations that help inspire young people, particularly underserved young people, to choose careers in technology.

The Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

By one estimate, there are over 3 million nurses in this country. Nursing is one of our fastest growing occupations. Yet, that still may not be enough to meet demand. While there is debate on the subject, many believe we are experiencing a nursing shortage that will only intensify in the future. According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we could see up to 1.2 million vacancies in the registered nursing field between 2014 and 2022. Researchers at Vanderbilt University hold that by 2025 the shortage could be twice as large as any time since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s.

The America's Great Outdoors:  Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Program

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, one third of employees in the Department of the Interior will be eligible to retire in the next five years. The challenge is how to transfer all that wisdom, skill, and knowledge to younger generations, many who would be more likely to recognize an Angry Bird than a bald eagle. Estimates hold that childhood in the age of video games means seven minutes a day in unstructured play outside and seven hours in front of a screen of some sort. The National Fish and Wildlife’s program America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists aims to reconnect young people with their natural environments. In addition to all the physical, mental and emotional benefits there are to experiencing wild places, America's Great Outdoors equips them with the conservation career training needed to answer the help wanted signs that may be appearing soon.

Grant Peer Reviewers - Why Not You?

Have you ever been daunted by someone until you have walked in their shoes? Perhaps that gym instructor you were in awe of became a little more human after you stepped in for him one session. Maybe you saw your boss in a whole new light when you temporarily assumed her duties last summer. For grant writers eagerly awaiting competition results, decision makers might ascend to mythical status, at least until the winners are announced. Why not experience an entirely different perspective on the process by becoming a peer reviewer yourself? While nothing can completely stop the post submission jitters, gaining an insider's view on how it really works may release a few of the butterflies trapped in your stomach.

America's Promise Job Driven Grant Program

Every day Erica drives past the impressive new high-tech park on her way to work. A job there could net her several times what she makes now at her part-time fast food job, with better benefits and advancement opportunities. With her current skill set, however, she simply can not hope to qualify for such an opportunity. Today there are one million openings in health care, business, and education. Yet, many Americans lack the skills and training to even be considered. Some industries have resorted to bringing in guest workers from other countries on H-1B temporary work visas to meet their staffing needs. A new federal program aims to change this, by equipping U.S. workers with the exact qualifications their local industries need to stay competitive in the global market.

Grant Solicitations, Early April 2015

Here are a handful of grant solicitations that were recently released. For more information on how eCivis can help you with your grant research, check out our Grants Network videos page as well as our Grant Resource Library for articles.

4 Multi-Million-Dollar Grant Programs from the Department of Labor

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