Marisa Gomez takes a full load of classes at St. Paul College and participates in a work-study program. Still, she needs emergency funding to stay afloat. Gomez is caught in the financial middle: She earns enough to disqualify her from receiving any grants, while simultaneously needing to take out the maximum amount of student loans possible.
Gomez's experience is increasingly common as more students at community colleges struggle to find a balance between school, work, and the rising cost of products.
To close America’s chronic middle skills gap, U.S. employers must partner much more actively than in the past with local community colleges. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Harvard Business School Project on Managing the Future of Work and the American Association of Community Colleges.
The report ultimately calls on community colleges and industry partners to focus on three areas: training and education aligned with industry needs, commitments to hire community college students, and sharing of data on the supply and demand for talent.
After scouring the state’s pipeline to find more certified teachers, some Michigan education leaders are joining forces to create a pipeline of their own.
The initiative, called Talent Together, aims to make the teaching profession more accessible and available to prospective teachers with incentives such as early on-the-job training, income opportunities, new ways to earn a teaching degree or certification, and more.