Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 6, 2018
Apprenticeships Critical in Talent Shortage for Skilled Trades
Gina Joseph and Norb Franz, The Macomb Daily
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From an employment standpoint, Zarius Mayes sees only bright days ahead. The 20-year-old's ability, potential, and attitude have caught the attention of his employer, Warren-based industrial manufacturer Ceratizit. Even before his apprenticeship was complete, company officials decided to train him for a sales position.

His work path exemplifies collaborative efforts by Michigan employers, high schools, and colleges to fill a talent shortage in the skilled trades.

Building Our Workforce With Tuition-Free College for All Tennessee Adults
Scott Becker and Bradley Jackson, Nashville Business Journal
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Like many places across the country, Tennessee is facing a skilled workforce shortage. And while the vast majority of new jobs will require some form of education beyond high school, more than half of Tennesseans ages 25 to 64 do not have the necessary credentials or degrees to fill those jobs.  

Tennessee is investing in its workforce with education and through Tennessee Reconnect. The plan allows Tennessee adults to get a two-year degree or credential at any of the state's technical or community colleges tuition free. More than 14,000 Tennessee adults have already applied to the program.
The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult
Kerry Hannon, The New York Times
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When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag.

Career shifts like O’Bryant’s typically require a skill boost and a sizable tuition tab that can be tough to fund, and an increasing number of workers are facing that reality whether they’re heading back to school to follow a passion or out of necessity.

While some students can cover tuition bills with personal savings, other resources for adult learners include employer tuition assistance, grants, scholarships, "experiential" credit learned through work and life, and discounted or free tuition at some institutions. 
A Different Kind of Bootcamp: Founder of Code Platoon Shares How Coding Bootcamps Can Launch Veterans’ Second Careers
Mariel Cariker, EdTech Times
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Coding bootcamps, often seen as an ideal route to gain new skills for an in-demand career, are growing in popularity. Rod Levy founded Code Platoon to bring those skills to one group in particular: veterans. 

Designed as a way to address both technology talent gaps and challenges to veteran employment, Code Platoon is an intensive and immersive hands-on learning program that helps veterans build skills for high-demand jobs in software development and programming. The training, which typically includes a scholarship to offset costs, also teaches problem-solving, industry best practices, and entrepreneurial skills. 

Texas Economy Doomed Without Dramatic Education Improvements
Bill Hethcock, Dallas Business Journal
Facebook Community College
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Boeing Commits $100M for Employee Development
Valerie Bolden-Barrett, HR Dive
Companies Can Address Talent Shortages by Partnering With Educators
Timm Runnion and Ivana Gibson, Harvard Business Review
Blockchain Pilot Empowers Ownership, Access of School Records
Pamme Boutselis, Southern New Hampshire University
Seven Reasons to Worry About the American Middle Class
Eleanor Krause and Isabel V. Sawhill, Brookings Institution
The Power of Learning
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation
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