Back to Work: Increasing diversity among real estate brokers and in the skilled trades

What’s happening around the country to help people back into jobs and careers

For the third week in a row, initial unemployment claims declined, according to the Department of Labor. The number of new claims totaled 375,000 for the week ending August 7, down from 387,000.

WorkingNation is always checking around the nation to see what workforce opportunities are being offered. This week, we found trainings in real estate, construction, and free career exploration.

Take a look.

From Alabama: WZDX reports Drake State Community & Technical College is among six institutions that received a NASA grant for STEM workforce development and outreach that will benefit construction and advanced manufacturing industries.

From Illinois: The Edwardsville Intelligencer reports the state is committing $10 million to provide additional training programs in the building trades and increase diversity in the construction industry.

From Maryland: The Southern Maryland Chronicle reports a tri-county program is available to residents to take over 5,000 free online classes, explore different careers, and prepare for various certifications.

From Mississippi: Daily Journal reports Northeast Mississippi Community College is allowing employers and employees from the surrounding five counties access to more than 700 free online job training modules.

From Washington: Daily Record reports Redfin is launching an accelerated program to increase diversity among real estate brokers in Seattle, as well as Washington, D.C.

Did you miss our previous Back to Work stories from around the country? Catch up here.

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