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Monday July 24, 2017
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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
Thursday June 22, 2017
Maximizing Mobility: Leveraging New Data to Help Low-Income Students Climb the Income Ladder
The story we tell ourselves about upward income mobility is unraveling. The majority of respondents to a New America survey felt that it is harder than ever to attain a foundational element of the “American Dream,” in which children will earn more than their parents. But most respondents still believe another tenet of the American mobility narrative—that going to college creates upward mobility. While it is true that college graduates do better in our economy than non-grads, there is considerable variation in earnings from different college degrees. For low-income students in particular, not...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Credentials, Developmental Education
Tuesday May 9, 2017
Q&A with John Kerr, Washington state director for Basic Education for Adults
This is the first in a series of periodic conversations with members of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success. At the winter 2017 meeting of Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy Network, JFF Vice President Michael Lawrence Collins sat down with Jon Kerr, the Washington State Director for Basic Education for Adults, to discuss why community colleges should be more intentional in connecting adult basic education to guided pathways and how federal and state policy could help forge greater ties. Kerr is a member of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, which JFF...
Tags: Developmental Education
Friday April 21, 2017
When we think about college in this country, top-tier institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford come to mind, in part because there is no shortage of media coverage of college rankings and admissions at the top. In the last couple weeks alone there were two separate stories about high school students who got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. On April 5, 2017, CBS News reported “17-year-old New Jersey teen accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools,” and CNN posted “North Dakota teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools.” On the same day, news outlets posted a story about four...
Tags: Credentials, Federal Higher Education Policy, Developmental Education
Tuesday November 15, 2016
High school students participating in Del Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program
High school students participate in Delaware Technical Community College's Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Program “Team work was what they tried to instill. I was sort of on an assembly line but not really. Everyone had their own goal. It was pretty cool. I was the one to begin the assembly and it was a $250,000 product. I always wanted to do engineering, but I didn’t know what it was. I’m going to join the Navy as an electrician’s mate and then go to college on the GI Bill.” -Nicolas Ambrosino, William Penn High School Senior, Internship, Agilent Technologies Five years ago, high school...
Tags: Apprenticeship, Work-Based Learning, Career Pathways, Career and Technical Education, Credentials, Economic Mobility, Dual Enrollment