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Tuesday September 19, 2017
Recently, I read an employer profile for the Kentucky-based materials manufacturer Universal Woods, written by Steven Dawson. Universal Woods is a manufacturer of hard surface panels and flooring headquartered in Louisville, KY, with 200 employees, and operations in Ohio, Australia, and Belgium. To many, Universal Woods embodies the idea of a  “good employer” – the type of employer that sees the worker as a trusted partner and creator of value for the business – and Dawson describes the work environment as one that nurtures the practice of learning from mistakes and working collaboratively,...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Future of Work, Developmental Education
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 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-Based...
Tags: Career Pathways, Apprenticeship, Addressing Employer Needs, Work-Based Learning
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...
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