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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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Local Business
8:48 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hispanic Chamber Delegation Seeking To Attract Jobs On Spain Trip

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual trip to Spain is to maintain strong ties and perhaps attract some new business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce headed to Spain this weekend with a large delegation to talk about the business sense of San Antonio.

The 2013 Spain Trade Mission delegation includes two city council members, the Bexar County manager, the honorary consul of Spain in San Antonio, and 20 other business leaders including the vice-president of corporate banking of BBVA Compass bank.

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Local Business
3:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

San Antonio A Top City For Business Development

The U.S. Chamber cited San Antonio's "culture of business" in its award as one of the top cities for business growth in the U.S. Bibliotech, opened in South San Antonio Sept. 14, 2013, is one of the elements that has contributed to that culture.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has named San Antonio as one of the top seven cities in the country for business development.

The Enterprising Cities study is based on business-friendly strategies and partnerships at multiple levels throughout the culture of the cities. 

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Texas Education
1:33 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Texas GED Test Streamlining In 2014

http://www.gedtestingservice.com

The GED test will undergo significant changes beginning in 2014.

Each year, 700,000 people across the country take the GED test, but only 450,000 pass. In Texas, there are about 3 million adults without a high school diploma or GED. Starting on January 1st, the GED test in Texas will undergo some major changes.

GED Testing Service President Randy Trask said the number of sections in the test has gone down to four, and the exam has moved completely online. GED students will be able to sign up for the test online an only have to pay for the specific exam they need.

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Texas Business
3:08 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Dell Shareholders OK Buyout Offer (Update)

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Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:37 am

Update: Dell stockholders approved Michael Dell's buyout offer this morning, according to a preliminary vote tally.

“I am pleased with this outcome and am energized to continue building Dell into the industry’s leading provider of scalable, end-to-end technology solutions,” Michael Dell said in a press release announcing the vote.  You can read that release here

Original post (9:06 a.m.): Dell shareholders are set to vote this morning on a nearly $25 billion buyout offer from founder Michael Dell. After several postponements, this time, the deal is expected to pass.

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Perry In Dallas To Talk Oil & Gas Growth

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is joining oil, gas, economic, finance and energy experts in Dallas today for an energy conference to discuss ways America can continue its growth in oil and gas.

The goal of the conference, which is being hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, is:

"To determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible policies that could benefit America."

Josh Havens is with the governor’s office and said Perry's main talking point will be about how Texas achieved energy growth.

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The Source - September 9, 2013
9:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

The Source: Why Teach? | The American Way Of Poverty

Flickr user uniinnsbruck cc

In the first segment:

University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson thinks the very souls of our students are at stake when they are in the classroom. They will either love learning, discover things about themselves and what they could be, or they won't -- going so far as to dislike or even hate learning.  

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Business
5:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Construction Firms Report Shortage In Labor Pool

A Texas A&M-San Antonio building under construction.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Construction firms across the country are looking for skilled workers to fill positions but are running into a shortage of craftsmen.

A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America shows at least 74 percent of construction firms are having difficulty finding skilled workers like carpenters and 53 percent report the same problem for administrative jobs.

The numbers are even more stark for San Antonio: About 83 percent say they can’t find the workers they need.

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Government
4:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Castro Promotes "Infrastructure Of Opportunity" At Town Halls

Congressman Joaquín Castro speaks to constituents on San Antonio's West Side Aug. 29 2013
Eileen Pace TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro has been making the rounds in San Antonio this week while Congress is on recess. The congressman is talking about providing Americans with opportunities for success.

On Thursday he spoke to San Antonio business leaders about building an infrastructure of opportunity -- a term he coined before he ever got to Capitol Hill.

Castro favors a government that aligns itself to enable individuals to be successful. He spoke of his meeting earlier this week with small business owners who got help through the Small Business Development Center at UTSA.

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The Cost Of Living
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

How Much Do Families Need To Get By In San Antonio?

A Bloomberg article in February says that Americans in 2013 spend only 11.2 percent of their income on food. See link at bottom of this page.
Trista Eudaily

There is "barely getting by" and there is "living comfortably," but when you look at the numbers side by side, you see the wide gulf that separates the two and the possibilities that space represents.

At the bottom is the federal poverty threshold, which is $23,550 this year for a family of four. This number is based on a food cost standard set in 1962, coincidentally the same year the first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.

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