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STEM Jobs can be a Gateway to an Affordable College Degree

STEM Jobs can be a Gateway to an Affordable College Degree

All that is needed is to better align the training and education offerings that already exist.  So says a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce: According to the National Center of Education Statistics, four out of five students work while enrolled in postsecondary institutions and two of those four are […]

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New Report:  Create National “Learning Exchange” to improve Workforce Development

New Report: Create National “Learning Exchange” to improve Workforce Development

A recent post at Inside Higher Education cites a study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce that suggests that the US does a reasonable job of producing BA graduates.  If we really want to improve our workforce development efforts, says the report, we need to focus on the community college level: Underinvestment […]

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Kentucky’s Community Colleges Use the Web to Better Serve Adult Learners

Kentucky’s Community Colleges Use the Web to Better Serve Adult Learners

Inside Higher Education reports that Kentucky’s community colleges have created an on-line learning system that, by content and design, focuses on adult learners: Under Learn on Demand, students can enroll whenever they want. There are no class schedules or assignment deadlines in the self-paced courses. And students can leave without facing problems when they re-enroll. […]

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Brookings:  Focus Workforce Development Programs

Brookings: Focus Workforce Development Programs

At the end of 2011, the Brookings Institute released a report recommending an approach to workforce development to increase employment and raise wages.  The full report is worth a read.  One short take away:  intensive programs focused on particular sectors provide better results (particularly for displaced workers) than more general courses of shorter duration.  The […]

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Massachusetts Focuses on Workforce

Massachusetts Focuses on Workforce

In his State of the State, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick committed the Bay State to a major workforce development initiative: Patrick highlighted the connection between the often overlooked [community colleges] and the unemployment problem. Encouraging more cooperation between schools and local employers, he said, would help the state’s 240,000 unemployed get the skills they need […]

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Report Recommends Changes for Bay State Community College System

Report Recommends Changes for Bay State Community College System

The Boston Foundation recently released a report recommending changes in the Massachusetts  Community College System so that the system can better meet the needs of the state’s employers: Among other things, the report recommends the adoption of performance metrics for community colleges in the state; strengthening governance and accountability within the system; clarifying the mission […]

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