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Vancouver search firm develops alliance

Mosaic Blueprint, a Vancouver-based executive search firm and job board, has developed an alliance with Columbus, Ohio-based Diversity Search Partners. The partnership claims to boast one of the largest diversity-focused candidate databases in the United States.

Mosaic Blueprint is an international company that informs diverse candidates about opportunities for mid- to senior-level positions with an online job board and contingency recruiting. Diversity Search Partners serves diverse professionals with ‘C-level’ placements, corporate governance, executive and middle management.

Mosaic’s founder and CEO Deena Pierott also founded The International Black Women’s Collaborative, which includes women throughout the United States and Europe.

The partners’ clients include top Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and Ivy League institutions. The alliance also works with the National Society of Black Engineers, Blackexperts.com, HBCUconnect.com, Diversityjoblist.com and the Black Speakers Bureau.

Study: Recruiting skilled workers is top concern

Recruiting experienced professionals remains a concern for many top companies, according to a national survey developed by California-based Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm.

One in five chief financial officers polled said finding skilled staff will be their greatest challenge in the next year, according to the poll, which includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies with 20 or more employees.

The result is up three percent from a similar survey conducted in 2003.

The second-greatest concern was meeting customer needs, cited by 16 percent of respondents.

Clark restructures, renames workforce unit

Clark College has renamed its workforce unit Workforce Education. With the new name come three new job positions.

Its structure now includes a dean of instructional planning and operations, a position filled by Sylvia Thornburg in an interim capacity, as well as a director of instructional programming and innovation, filled by George Reese, and a director of workforce education and economic development, filled by Joe Renouard for the interim.

The college is conducting nationwide searches for the positions that currently have interim staff.

The unit joined the college’s office of instruction in the summer of 2007.

Grant partners grad students, science teachers

A $2.7 million National Science Foundation grant over five years has been awarded to Washington State University Vancouver for a partnership with local public school science teachers.

The grant will allow 10 graduate students per year to work one-on-one with middle school science teachers in the Vancouver, Camas and La Center school districts. The goal is to engage students in scientific inquiry regarding environmental change in the Columbia River watershed.

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