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Why apprenticeships are the future of our economy (access required)

Not all successful careers start with a college degree. I understand it may seem strange for a community college president to say that a college degree is not necessary to have a career that earns a family-sustaining wage. At HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, this philosophy is reflected through our new purpose statement: Learning for ...

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Guest view: Build workplace friendships on positivity (access required)

Recently, a co-worker was telling a story about a former mentor of hers who once said to her, “You know why I like you? Because you and I hate the same people.” We had an awkward chuckle over the shock and aggressiveness of that statement, but, it reminded me of Brene Brown’s concept of Common Enemy Intimacy.

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Collaborative discussion: Two years in since Highmark/Penn State partnership

Central Penn Business Journal played host to a sponsored roundtable discussion earlier this fall with key representatives from Highmark, Penn State Health and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. The talk centered on the collaborative partnership between Highmark and Penn State Health, which was announced in December 2017 and it highlighted why the collaborative makes ...

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D&H Distributing opens ‘Google of the East’ in Lower Paxton (access required)

Having a bright red, one-story, playground-quality corkscrew slide in your office doesn’t automatically qualify you as a progressive, forward-thinking workplace, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t hurt. That is one of the first things you’ll see if you walk into the building at 100 Tech Drive in Lower Paxton Township. Formerly home to Amp Inc., ...

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Ask John Dame: Boundaries and expectations must be clear during acquisitions (access required)

Q: Our company made a major acquisition a year ago. The owner of the company we purchased stayed as president of his company. Additionally, he decided not to sell 100 percent of his company, and now has some ownership in the larger combined company and serves as a board member. He reports to me directly. The problem is that, over a year later, he is putting up roadblocks and fighting the integration process we agreed upon at the time of the purchase of his company. This is a big problem and is getting more costly by the minute. What can I do?

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