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.
December 27, 2017
Employers Are Looking for Job Candidates in the Wrong Places
Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic
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By focusing hiring efforts only on college graduates, many employers may be overlooking pools of qualified applicants—a habit that’s mutually detrimental in that it can both undermine the company’s economic health and deprive promising Americans of opportunities in which they’d otherwise thrive.
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Finding New Workers Crucial to the Economy
Timothy McQuiston and Charlotte Lyman, Vermont Business Magazine
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Vermont Teddy Bear President Bill Shouldice doesn't take a break from his shift on the packing line at the Shelburne plant to explain the dilemma his company faces. Sales are great, but he needs seasonal workers in a region of the state in which the unemployment rate hovers around 2 percent.

Want ads across Vermont are looking for everyone from seasonal workers to medical professionals and engineers to full-time manufacturing and everything in-between. In short, Vermont is desperate for workers with the right skills.

Las Vegas DREAMers Share Their Hopes After Turbulent Political Year
Luz Gray and Jackie Valley, The Nevada Independent
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Astrid Silva came to the United States with her mom on June 22, 1992, via a makeshift raft prepared by a “coyote,” or smuggler. She was four years old. Silva worked hard over the years and, eventually, graduated from Nevada State College.  

Now, with the wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, nearly 800,000 young people like Silva may be facing a future of uncertainty. 
Las Vegas’ Next Leaders May Come From Program for Underprivileged Kids
Meghin Delaney, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Erica Mosca first experienced education inequality as a teenager in California. Her dad, chasing a better job, moved the family across the state to a solidly middle-class area from a poorer community. All of a sudden, school got hard for Mosca. She was able to thrive thanks to a program that helped first-generation students apply to college. 

Today, Mosca is leading the charge to combat the disparity she once felt through Leaders in Training, an effort aimed at helping underprivileged students in Las Vegas navigate high school and college, all while training them to become community leaders.

 

Brunswick Sees Demand for Manufacturing Workers
Lynda Van Kuren, The Star News
Report: Maine Faces Education, Skills Crises
Kate Irish Collins, The Forecaster
How Rural Students Define the American Dream
Magdalena Slapik, The Atlantic
Taking Care of Business
Steve Sinovic, Albuquerque Journal
KSUA, City Aim to Help Students
Jamison VanLoocke, The Star Beacon
Opinion: Safety Net Aids Latino Students
Alfredo Torres Jr., San Antonio Express-News
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