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By Ashley Smith, Contributor, RTWBC

The domestic wine industry is booming and it seems there is fertile economic ground to grow on. Wine Business Monthly reported last year that the United States has 8,702 wineries, a 5 percent increase from the 8,287 in operation the previous year.

By Beverly M. Riddick, RTWBC

When it comes to efforts to close the skills gap, U.S. Bank and the STEP-UP program are on the leading edge of the curve. Student participants gain corporate experience from an early age to help them get a “step up” the skills ladder.

By Ashley Smith, Contributor, RTWBC

Why does anyone pursue higher education and training? To get a better job when they graduate. Unfortunately, there remains a chasm between education and industry: students often do not graduate with the skills employers look for, so those ‘better jobs’ are difficult to land.

By Beverly M. Riddick, RTWBC

PG&E, a founding member of the Ready to Work Business Collaborative, is dedicated to the training and development of the next generation of utility workers. The company’s PowerPathway program is a major part of its efforts to recruit and develop skilled, diverse and qualified talent.

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