Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
April 19, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
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For Job Security at the Factory, Learn How to Repair a Robot
Nick Leiber, Bloomberg
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In a former Pratt & Whitney jet-engine-testing facility, a canary-yellow robotic arm is rotating above a table. An instructor taps on a tablet, and the arm shifts to move in a different direction. The demonstration is part of a tour of a new robotics and automation training center that Goodwin College, in East Hartford, Connecticut, and engineering consultant Rapid Global Business Solutions Inc. unveiled in March.

About 25 percent of U.S. workers, representing 36 million jobs, could be replaced by automation in the next few decades. Goodwin College is one of a number of U.S. institutions investing in training to prepare blue-collar workers for that shift. 

Jamie Merisotis
Earn While You Learn: Apprenticeships Help Columbus Employers Narrow the Job Skills Gap
Mark Rice, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Area colleges, high schools, students, and businesses are increasingly seeing the benefits of apprenticeships as a way to address a regional job skills gap. Aaron Henderson is one of those believers. 

Henderson initially didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps as a machinist. He quickly changed his mind thanks to an "earn while you learn” apprenticeship program in the tool and die department at the Oneda Corporation’s facility in Columbus, Georgia.

Jamie Merisotis
Inmate Construction Academy Created to Build Habitat Homes, Help Lake County Jail Inmates Learn Skills
Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel
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When Carlos Angulo leaves the Lake County Jail as a free man in the coming months, he will carry with him newly learned construction skills—including painting, plumbing and flooring—that he hopes will land him a job.

Angulo, 20, is participating in the recently launched Inmate Construction Academy. The effort is a jail work-release partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter that provides inmates with a chance to learn new job skills and build confidence, along with gaining a sense of accomplishment. 

Jamie Merisotis
Four Ways Community Colleges Are Tackling Student Success With Fewer Resources
Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
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The perception of community colleges as the ugly duckling on the wrong side of the ivory tower has changed dramatically over the years, Today, community colleges are often considered the proverbial swan of higher education.  

Community colleges in many states have added four-year bachelor's degree programs in high-demand fields. They've connected closely with local businesses to align their curriculum with workforce needs. They've bolstered the use of guided pathways and other innovative reforms as a way to help students cross the finish line. And they've implemented initiatives to bring back the students who stopped attending. 

In Jefferson City, Blunt Pushes Workforce Development Programs
Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio
Career-Readiness Data Systems Fall Short
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
Providing an Equal Chance at Success
Dennis Pierce, Community College Daily
Erasing Student Loan Debt
Dorian Hargrove, NBC 7 San Diego
The Future of Gen Ed
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
Career-Ready Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education
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