Fueling the future: The rise of wind tech careers

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Driving through the rural landscape of South Texas, wind turbines dot the topography like stoic guardians of the open expanses. Perhaps there is no more powerful metaphor for progress — and for the future — than these majestic structures.

Beto Gonzalez, the superintendent of Webb Consolidated Independent School District, calls the turbines “towers of hope.” Beginning this fall, Webb CISD will roll out a program — the first in the country at the high-school level — that teaches kids the hands-on skills they’ll need to become wind turbine technicians in the green economy.

It was a natural fit, explains Gonzalez, that just as AT&T was investing in a wind energy center in South Texas, the school district would hone in on efforts to prepare kids for jobs in the renewable energy sector. “We [wanted] to create a college-level curriculum for our high schoolers to give them hope for gainful employment in purposeful, technical careers,” says Gonzalez. Read more…

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‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens says he’s feeling pretty good about his job at Trader Joe’s

Yes, former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens is now working at a Trader Joe’s and, to hear him tell it, he’s feeling pretty good about things these days.

Owens, who played “Elvin” on the NBC sitcom, opened up to Good Morning America on Tuesday about the firestorm that’s ensued in the days since he was photographed at his current job at a New York City Trader Joe’s.

FULL INTERVIEW: @GMA EXCLUSIVE — “There’s no job better than another…every job is worthwhile…” Actor Geoffrey Owens speaks out, responding to job shaming and backlash after a photo of him working at a grocery store was posted online:

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The tech talent gap is real. Increased diversity is the solution.

This column is part of a series called “Voices of Women in Tech,” created in collaboration with, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As a chief human resources officer in the tech industry, I know firsthand that the talent gap is real. In the cybersecurity segment alone, experts predict some 2 million roles will go unfilled by 2019. And in an ultracompetitive, fast-moving industry — where finding and securing top talent can feel akin to spotting a snow leopard in New York City — addressing diversity in the recruiting mix can be a real challenge for many hiring managers. Read more…

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