Category Archives: Education

Early Retirement Was Not an Option

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Jason Medeiros worked at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. for about 14 years. He started on the truck frame line, installing engines and connecting brake lines.  He worked the night shift for the first three years. That was a hard … Continue reading »


Write a Resume to Win a Job

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With unemployment in California resolutely stuck around 12.4%, I offer this tidbit from Craig Palmquist, manager of the NUMMI Reemployment Center in Fremont.  He’s managed a number of similar centers around the country. Palmquist says a lot of people go … Continue reading »


New Congress, New Playing Field

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A number of advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. What that means for California’s green tech industry is covered in haze, or possibly smog. Tiffany Hsu of the LA Times goes on to posit that federal lawmakers will … Continue reading »


NUMMI Refugee Finds Job at Bloom Energy

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Half a year after NUMMI closed, what happened to those former auto workers in the San Francisco Bay Area? 47-hundred people lost their jobs in Fremont – thousands more working for suppliers were also cut loose… at a time when … Continue reading »


Never Say Retire

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Bruce Kern is getting set to retire from running the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. (He’s a player behind the scenes whose name pops up around East Bay coups like Tesla, Solyndra and Bayer). What’s the biggest change he’s seen … Continue reading »


Making is Manufacturing

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POP QUIZ: What’s the cleanest energy source on the planet? ANSWER: Creativity! And if the 5th annual Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Event Center was any indication, creativity is alive and well and living in California. 80,000+ people, … Continue reading »


Animation Runs to Vancouver

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As promised, here is my interview on tax credit-induced digital animation explosion in Vancouver (at California’s cost) with Ron Diamond of Animation World Network. What do you think? Comments, please!


Educating the Workforce of the Future

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KQED reporter Oanh Ha has been working on a provocative three-part series on education for The California Report. The first feature aired Friday, exploring ways business is stepping up to help schools teach math and science. Ask yourself this question: … Continue reading »