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Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Thursday September 14, 2017
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The technological advances of the past 40 years have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has greatly impacted the modern workplace. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production; the Fourth Industrial Revolution will use robotics, automation, computing, and the internet to transform the nature of work forever. While technology has made us more productive, it has changed many of the types of jobs we do, and how we do them. What does this mean for K-12 educators? How can this inform how we define getting our students “college and career ready”?...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Developmental Education, Work-Based Learning, Future of Work
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Center for Young Professionals Banking Apprentices and Trainer at CEMETS Summer Institute
Center for Young Professionals banking apprentices and trainer share experiences with CEMETS Summer Institute participants. Strong sector-based associations are key to the success of the Swiss apprenticeship system. In my final blog in a three-part series on the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system, I showcase the Center for Young Professionals (CYP), the nonprofit center for basic banking education in Switzerland. In previous posts, I introduced VPET and shared my observations from visits to two Swiss companies’ apprenticeship programs. What is a Sector-...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
Wednesday August 30, 2017
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In this three-part series, JFF's Nancy Hoffman shares insights and reflections from her deep experience studying and learning about the Swiss Vocational and Professional Educational and Training (VPET) system. Switzerland is a global leader in developing successful apprenticeship and work-based learning systems. The first post introduces VPET, while the second post profiles two companies' youth apprenticeship programs: Swisscom and Migros. Finally, the third post closely examines the important role of sector-based associations and distills lessons that can inform U.S. efforts. Read the full...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Employer Engagement
Wednesday August 23, 2017
Swisscom Youth Apprentices and Training Staff at CEMETS Summer Institute
Swisscom youth apprentices and training staff at the CEMETS institute this past summer. The time is ripe for us to learn from the Swiss apprenticeship system as apprenticeships continue to gain momentum in the United States. In an earlier blog, I provided an overview of the Swiss Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET) system. Now I take a closer look at two companies’ apprenticeship programs. As part of the Swiss Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training Systems institute I participated in this summer, we visited Swisscom and Migros and spoke with...