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Wednesday August 16, 2017
Participants from around the world presented at CEMETS Summer Institute.
Participants from around the world presented at the CEMETS Summer Institute in Switzerland this past June. Recently, I travelled to Switzerland, a global leader in developing strong apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. I attended a 10-day intensive Summer Institute led by the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems (CEMETS) at ETH Zurich, the leading research university in the country. The training is designed to help other countries learn about the Swiss apprenticeship system and prepare their own reform initiatives. This is the first blog...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Career Pathways, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Monday July 31, 2017
Photo (from left to right): SAP Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Katie Morgan, C-Town Tech Pathways Coordinator Aaron Altman, and JFF Pathways to Prosperity Senior Program Manager Sheila Jackson at the SAP Education Summit in San Francisco, CA. After four years of working with SAP, I’ve become familiar with the culture and pace of this global software company and have experienced firsthand an authentic, functional, and effective education and employer partnership. I’ve accompanied C-Town Tech students to different SAP offices in the Boston area each year––marveled at “game rooms” with...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Employer Engagement
Monday July 24, 2017
By guest
By Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development of the California Community Colleges Today’s job market is tough for the average college-educated American—but for someone without skills, it can be nearly impossible. And if we look to the future—with artificial intelligence and technologies beyond our current imagination poised to alter the workforce landscape—the challenge to remain marketable can be daunting for even the most experienced trade worker. Higher education is the stop-gap to thriving in the rapidly changing job market, with students looking to...
Tags: Future of Work, Workforce Partnership, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday June 26, 2017
By guest
Students and Teacher
By Anna Fogel, Social Finance Well-paying jobs and career opportunities are harder and harder to find without a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential. Yet many young people, especially students of color and those from low-income families, lack access to educational opportunities that can prepare them for these jobs. In one study in Chicago, more than 40% of black males ages 20 to 24 were out of school and not working, compared to only 8.5% of white males. On the other side of the equation, employers are increasingly concerned by the limited number of young adults who are...
Tags: Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education
Friday June 23, 2017
A Step Closer to High-Quality, Industry-Aligned Career and Technical Education Programs
Yesterday the House passed the bipartisan H.R. 2353, “The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This bill serves as an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. Jobs for the Future (JFF) commends the House’s bipartisan efforts to update the Perkins Act, recognizing that people face a job market that is significantly different from when the Act was last reauthorized in 2006. JFF recognizes that high-quality, industry-aligned CTE programs can benefit...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Federal Workforce Policy