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Lumina Foundation awards $500,000 grant to Virginia to close gaps in educational attainment

Nov 13, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – Virginia today joins Colorado, Oregon, and Tennessee in receiving a Lumina Foundation grant to increase educational attainment for students of color. Lumina awards grants to states to help eliminate educational disparities between the overall population and their Black, Latino, and Native American residents.

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We’re short of skilled workers – so train more of them instead of relying on tax breaks for development

Nov 06, 2019

Instead of spending $50 billion on tax incentives to lure businesses to their communities, state and local governments would be better off allocating at least half of that money for job training.

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Lumina Stays Focused On Attainment: A Q&A With CEO Jamie Merisotis

Nov 04, 2019

Lumina Foundation is nearing the close of two decades of higher education policy work. From the outset its agenda has focused on increasing the percentage of American adults with high-quality degrees and other credentials to 60% by 2025 and advocating for higher education to become more equitable, accessible and accountable.

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The time is right to ensure that all quality learning counts

Oct 31, 2019

People who want to learn but can’t afford or get access to education and training after high school should be helped with high-quality programs that result in degrees, certificates and other credentials. As always, though, the question is, how do we ensure that new programs live up to their promise of offering pathways to new and better careers?

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College closures are a tough — but needed — step to serving students better

Oct 28, 2019

Colleges and universities, caught in a crossfire of rising costs and increasing impatience from families and funders, face an ongoing onslaught of tough choices in the next few years.

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Podcast: Go beyond the ‘hot-buttons’ around immigration, Jamie Merisotis says

Oct 09, 2019

The United States needs millions more qualified people to fill open jobs, and immigration is a vital part of filling that gap, Jamie Merisotis says.

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The rest of America could benefit as LA helps former students earn college degrees

Oct 09, 2019

Nearly half a million adults in the Los Angeles area have completed some college but didn’t finish their degrees, according to the U.S. Census. Nationally, the figure is about 35 million Americans, or roughly 20 percent of the population between 25 and 64.

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Gramps knew that all learning matters; it’s time to make it all count

Oct 08, 2019

The smartest man I’ve ever known was my grandfather. A child of immigrants, he came of age during the Great Depression, served his country in World War II as an Air Force mechanic, and was an entrepreneur his entire life.

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Veterans say non-degree credentials pay off

Oct 08, 2019

Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation today released a national survey of more than 30,000 U.S. veterans, which found those without degrees are much more likely to hold certificates or certifications than their non-veteran peers.

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