Showing 19 ideas for tag "education"
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Legislative Branch

Workfare Not Welfare

Require individuals and families work a number of hours each payment period to support their benefits. Consider this a service learning opportunity where everyone is obligated to help earn their income. Opportunities can exist in day care centers, adult day care centers, homeless shelters, cleaning parks and roadways.

States, counties, cities, and communities are reducing staff due to the economic conditions and need... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

keep training at home

Instead of sending employees to centralized training (involves transportation, per diem, and often days away from the job), use video conferencing, disseminate a manual, or simply send a memo. If other federal agencies send their employees to remote conferences at the same rate as VA, I can imagine that the government could save an enormous amount of money while still educating the workforce and providing more service... more »

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Department of Education

High School students to serve their country after graduation

What: After high school, graduates should serve their country for two years (AmeriCorps Vista, Army, Navy, etc…) Families will be able to choose the agency). After completion, they would either enter into a higher education institution, go into the workforce, or remain in the program. Majority of teens who enter into higher education after high school are not ready, disciplined and/or focus. The nation is spending billions... more »

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Department of Education

Teaching a Second Language to Elementary Students

I suggest we start a program to start teaching our children “at an early age” a second language. There are more and more companies hiring employees putting emphasis on someone who is bilingual before looking at someone who is perfectly qualified in every area except being bilingual. I don’t look at this as “forcing” a second language on a child, but giving that child a chance to excel beyond expectations. Children... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Tapping into our colleges and universities

A significant number of employees are currently or will be retiring in the near future! We need bright, intelligent employees who are analytical/critical thinkers, responsible, and eager. It's time to change the adage and belief that government employees are indifferent and lazy. As a young federal employee, we need to tap into the resources at our fingertips - our colleges and universities! Outreach programs, student... more »

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Department of Justice

Federal Inmates spend their incarcerated time getting an education

Develop programs that provide a STRONG incentive for Federal inmates to educate themselves out of prison.

Set up a program that provides an education to all those serving prison sentences that would provide real and useful skills in the real world so those who finally are released have a financial incentive NOT to return to prison (because they MIGHT actually be able to find a job).

It would work something like... more »

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Department of Education

Online Education for Environmental and Energy Management

Create a comprehensive online education program to help novices and experts alike learn and collaborate on innovations and established processes to improve Energy and Environmental Management. The focus should be on teaching individuals and smaller groups how to manage their facilities and environmental programs to maximize their potential impact in reducing costs and environmental impacts. Knowledge sharing online... more »

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Education

What of the idea of using the hundreds of millions of dollars utilized by agencies to create and maintain a "university" and instead use that money to send federal employees to REAL community colleges/universities to get an education that benefits both the empoyee & the agency ?

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Department of Homeland Security

Education - continuous and onsite

Employees must have access to advanced education to do their jobs - particularly in project management, leadership/management, technology, and communication skills. Bring providers of education on site to help employees enhance their skills, be taught as a group, and further the mission more effectively.

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Department of Agriculture

Train the Trainer

I suggest a stronger focus on train-the-trainer philosophy. Especially in IT. IT is constantly training and it is more cost effective to have a staff of teachers to go out and learn new technologies and come back and teach the work force. These teachers should be certified professionals and certified to instruct technology courses. An example cost savings, I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer, we are getting ready to... more »

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Department of Education

Student Career Path Aptitude

I suggest that every person who wants to go into a given health care career (EMT, nursing home care, nursing home administration, nursing of any kind, emergency room care, doctor, alzheimer's/dementia care unit, etc) find out before they get too deep into college/training if they have the empathy and caring to handle the rigors of the job they are getting into. How to do this? “Volunteer” and get student credit for... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Create a national veteran education benefit contract

Create a national contract for education benefits for veterans - billed to a single payer station in VA (similar to a GSA schedule). Veteran may choose any university where they can be accepted at the negotiated contract rate. Offer veterans incentives to choose lower priced accredited education, such as online programs - and the veteran will receive 25% of cost savings or extended benefits.

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