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 23, 2018
The Lonely Country Road to College
Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Students from rural areas have particular worries about going to college, says a new book: being unprepared, having their skills go unappreciated, and abandoning their communities. 
These Formerly Homeless Single Moms Beat the Odds and Are Now College Grads
Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
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Single moms have one of the lowest college graduation rates in the country, which has been linked to a grinding, constricting poverty that impedes their children’s ability to escape, as well.

The Family Scholar House in Louisville, Kentucky, has created a solution for these individuals, giving them a web of interlocking supports—stable housing, counseling services, access to food pantries, and more—so they can go back to school and graduate.

Photo:  Jonathan Barenboim
Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab Is Creating the Next Generation of Inventors
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab is working to close the awareness and skills gap in science and engineering by inspiring budding engineers and scientists in underserved communities with hands-on learning experience and career pathways to potential future jobs.

The effort also instills skills that go beyond technology. Teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity will come to define the future of work as much as coding and robotics skills.

Aligning College and Careers: Working With Industry to Shrink the Skills Gap
Jeff Lynn, The EvoLLLution
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While community colleges provide the theoretical knowledge base, aligning college programming with local industry needs can be a low-cost, high-reward way of giving students the hands-on training they require for current and future jobs. 
Blog: Some College, No Degree, and Critical Mass
Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Dean
Opinion: Let’s Talk About Postsecondary Education in the Workforce
Edythe Hatter-Williams, Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
The 100K Club
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Blog: Looking Ahead at the Next Questions About Guided Pathways Reforms
Davis Jenkins, Community College Research Center
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