Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 16, 2018
Not Your Average Vending Machine
David Murray, Community College Daily
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In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Located in the GRCC Student Community Center’s counseling area, the machine dispenses laptops that students can use for free by swiping their college ID card. When finished with their work, they insert the laptop back into the machine, where its batteries are charged for the next user.

The idea is to make sure all students have access to the resources they need to be successful. 

Revamped and Rigorous, Career and Technical Education Is Ready to Be Taken Seriously
Sarah Gonser, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
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Career and technical education programs may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work. Traditional blue-collar industries are being replaced by skilled service jobs such as those in health care, information technology, and finance.

In the face of a looming labor crisis, the Manchester School of Technology in New Hampshire is working to prepare students for the future world of work with programs that cross-pollinate academic and technical instruction. 

Making Promises That Count
AACC 21st Century Center
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With free or reduced tuition and other support services, College Promise programs can help students access a college education. But what about helping them persist and finish a degree or certificate on time? 

Seven colleges in California are stepping up as part of a three-year initiative called "Community of Practice." The goal is to improve College Promise programs by sharing information, promising practices, innovations, and solutions.
In Camden, This Group Helps Low-Income Kids Launch Careers
Parija Kavilanz, Erie News Now
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Hopeworks 'N Camden, an organization based in one of America's most distressed cities, is turning youth in Camden, New Jersey, into college degree earners, tech-savvy workers, and entrepreneurs. 

A three-month training program teaches young adults technical and other in-demand skills, with many of Hopeworks' graduates offered paid internships and permanent positions with local businesses.

Experts: Future Job Market Changing 'Scarily Fast'
Scott L. Miley, The Tribune Star
How Does Education Affect Prisoners Upon Re-Entry?
Ashleigh Fox, The Sheridan Press (Wyoming)
Are Apprenticeships the New On-Ramp to Good Jobs?
Caroline Preston, The Hechinger Report
Indiana Could Be Social Investing Leader
Andy Ober, Inside INdiana Business
Former ITT Nursing Students Find Closure at PCC
James Hill, Community College Daily
Community Colleges Gather to Learn From OC
Ruth Campbell, Odessa American
Where Colleges Recruit … and Where They Don't
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Forming an Alliance to Shrink the Talent Gap
Roger Curtis, The EvoLLLution
Adult Ed Launches ‘No Excuse’ Campaign
Markeshia Ricks, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
Projections of Education Statistics to 2026
National Center for Education Statistics
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