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STEM education is not just for city kids anymore.

A permanent workshop, known as a “Fab Lab,” will be located in Grindstone, Fayette County, while a second, mobile Fab Lab will travel to other rural school districts in area governed by regional education agency Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1). The labs will provide high-tech equipment and teacher resources that are not often available in rural parts of these counties.

“At Chevron, we understand STEM education is important to a successful future for our local communities. We are working with our partners to provide access to state-of-the-art education and technology resources to equip students with the critical skills needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow, particularly for those with limited access to the tools necessary for success in these fields,” said Nigel Hearne, vice president of Chevron Appalachia Michigan Business Unit based in the Pittsburgh area.

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will provide access to resources for the students in the K-12 system, undergraduate students and the community at-large, including skilled staff and volunteers, design and fabrication equipment and access to an international Fab Lab network. It will ultimately touch an estimated 56,000 people. Founded in 2009 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Fab Foundation brings digital fabrication tools and processes to people of all ages, developing educational and offering professional development training programs for teachers.

The hands-on learning that will be available at IU1 Fab Lab aims to spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and prepare individuals for the nearly 1 million U.S. jobs that will require basic STEM literacy over the next five years – including more than 2,000 energy and manufacturing jobs southwestern Pennsylvania.

“This Fab Lab is a tremendous resource for teachers and students throughout southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Fayette County Commissioner Al Ambrosini. “It will help get our kids excited about science and give them the technical skills they will need in their careers. I commend Chevron for its commitment to our community and to educating our children.”

The IU1 Community Fab Lab will feature such state-of-the-art design and fabrication equipment as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines. The Fab Lab will promote innovation and design in the community and will build the local workforce capacity.

This digital fabrication workshop is made possible through a $1.2 million contribution by Chevron. It is part of the company’s $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation to build Fab Labs in areas where it operates in the United States. This Fab Lab is a component of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, a collaborative effort formed by Chevron to develop a highly-skilled regional workforce.

“Intermediate Unit 1 is proud to be one of the few organizations selected from around the world to receive both a mobile and a stationary community Fab Lab,” said Charles F. Mahoney, Intermediate Unit 1 executive director.

“We will continue to be an innovative educational keystone transforming education and learning for the countless students, educators and community members we serve.”

Joshua Devine

Do you worry that you may be missing out on a more interesting, successful career? Well, you’re in luck. Pittsburgh has plenty of opportunities to get your head – and hands – in the game, and ImaginePittsburgh.com can help in finding the winning job made just for you. More than 25,000 positions are open today across the 10-county region, all of them within easy reach on ImaginePittsburgh.com. That’s our one-stop shop for information about employers and careers. With a powerful aggregator updated nightly from more than a thousand job boards and corporate websites, ImaginePittsburgh.com can help you find your first job or advance your career. You can also explore the site’s Featured Employers, as well as many great places to live, play and learn in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Here are a few of the jobs available now with Featured Employers:

Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

Manager of Compressor Operations at Peoples Natural Gas

SAP BASIS Analyst I/II/III at MSA

Senior Business Analyst at Alcoa

Process Automation (Models) Engineer — Combustion at ATI

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“Pittsburgh’s sounding awfully nice.”

That’s the assessment from Bloomberg News, citing the Graduate Opportunity Index. Newly created by Trulia and LinkedIn, the index places Pittsburgh at the top of 40 of the country’s strongest job markets based on these factors:

• the share of entry-level job openings for recent graduates
• the percentage of rental units affordable* to a median-income college graduate between the ages of 22 and 30
• the share of the area’s population age 22 to 30 that has a bachelor’s degree or more (a measure of how dense a city is with a college grad’s peers)

bloom EYEBALLEDYou can check out the Bloomberg News article and the Graduate Opportunity Index, or better yet get a jump on the competition at ImaginePittsburgh.com, a searchable index of every open job in the 10-county region. Want to hear from a real person about what it’s really like to to live in Pittsburgh? Check out our Neighbors — friendly people from around the corner and around the globe who have chosen to Pittsburgh as the place to advance their career and build a great life without going broke. See someone who shares your career interests? Ping them via their LinkedIn profiles and ask to chat.

*Rent is less than 30 percent of a recent grad’s monthly income

Over the next decade, job seekers in the Pittsburgh region will find abundant opportunities, particularly in cybersecurity, “FinTech” (financial technology) and predictive analytics for the healthcare and energy sectors, a report released May 4 suggests.

Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region notes that digital and customer-service competencies will cut across many of the jobs of the future. Job types that will see the largest increase in growth include healthcare support, healthcare practitioners and technicians, and IT jobs drawing on computer and mathematical skills.

“The future of work in the region is an unprecedented opportunity for existing workers and our up-and-coming workforce now in K-12 and post-secondary education,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and CEO of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. He is the chair of the Workforce Strategy of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which commissioned the report.

The need for talented individuals is already apparent on ImaginePittsburgh.com (a program of the Conference): there are more than 20,000 jobs open across the 10-county region, with cybersecurity and other IT professionals in highest demand.

“Technology is a big driver of this change, and it’s redefining the skills needed to be successful on the job,” Demchak added. “Every employer and worker must keep pace with this rapid change to remain competitive. We are at a critical moment for the future of our region.”

Baseline skills such as clear communication and problem solving, however, are also increasingly important as many companies are adopting a more customer-service-driven model. Those skills are also vital for teamwork and internal customer service, another trend already underway in high-demand careers.

The Conference commissioned the report to better understand what jobs will be available across the 10-county Pittsburgh region in coming decade. Boston-based Burning Glass Technologies and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, of Chicago, conducted focus groups with 130 CEOs and HR directors from 85 Pittsburgh region companies and educational institutions in early 2016. It combined those findings with traditional employment metrics and big data capabilities, including artificial intelligence algorithms, to parse tens of thousands of job postings across the Pittsburgh region.

“Not only are other regions trying to keep their talented people, they are looking to attract ours,” said Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky. “We can’t afford to lose or leave anyone behind who has the desire, capacity and skills to be a part of the Pittsburgh region’s workforce.”

An inflection point is the place on a graph where a curve can change direction, typically with dramatic and widespread consequences over time.

The complete Inflection Point report is available at AlleghenyConference.org.

Iris Koryurek

Did the Powerball let you down? Fret not: you’ll have better luck with ImaginePittsburgh.com. We have more than 20,000 jobs open across the 10-county region. Whether you want to spice up your professional life as a chef, get involved in the region’s vibrant energy sector, work in a downtown skyrise or in a place of rural beauty, you can find it all at our one-stop shop: ImaginePittsburgh.com

Here are few of the jobs available from our Featured Employers:

Executive Chef at Eat’n Park

Scheduler at Mascaro Construction

Network Manager at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Veterinary Technician at University of Pittsburgh

Administrative Assistant at FirstEnergy

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Bonnie Pfister

Every week it seems another national publication deems Pittsburgh to be the “next” Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco, etc. It’s flattering, although we don’t happen to think we need to be the next anything. The attention just underscores what we already knew: good things are percolating here. Cool jobs. Hot industries. Longstanding employers doing cutting-edge R&D in healthcare and with materials and metals that will make airplanes and autos faster and more fuel-efficent.

The point is, isn’t it time you came home and became a part of it all? Um, yes. Because jobs.

There are more than 20,000 jobs open today across southwestern PA. You can explore them all at one place: ImaginePittsburgh.com. That’s the region’s digital hub for information about hot careers, industries and employers. Our custom-built aggregator pulls listings from such sites as LinkedIn, Career Builder, Monster and quite literally a thousand others – so you don’t have to. Here are just a few of nifty places now hiring on our site:

For talented techies, creatives and professionals, Pittsburgh has jobs at the local offices of Google and Apple. It’s home to the headquarters of fashion retailers ModCloth and American Eagle.

Technology meets design meets user experience at home-grown hotties like art/tech/design/ad studio Deeplocal, award-winning translation app developer Duolingo, event-ticketing pioneer ShowClix and robotic stroller-maker to the stars 4Moms.

Wonksters thrive at global talent management consultancy DDI (Development Dimensions International), change-management company TiER1The Rand Corp. and offices of the major global management consultancies.

And these are just a few of what’s on offer. There are jobs for communicators at finance companies, for accountants at design firms, and for SAP specialists and other IT-focused positions virtually everywhere. Us, we’re partial to our Featured Employers, companies large and small who seriously care about building a talented workforce that will keeps Pittsbugh on this postive trajectory.

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