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.
February 11, 2019
New Chief of California’s Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State’s Workforce Problem
Terry Nguyen, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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California's first online community college seeks to reach nontraditional students left behind in the education system—those with some college but no four-year degree, or those who have never been to college at all. When it opens in late 2019, the virtual campus will serve primarily adult learners who want to take classes on their own schedules to gain the postsecondary credentials and certificates they need in a changing workplace.

Heather Hiles, the new chief executive of the online community college, discusses her plans for the institution in this interview.
Jamie Merisotis
Preparing Workers for the New Economy
AACC 21st Century Center
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A grant program in Virginia is giving individuals new job opportunities and area employers the skilled workers they need to compete.

About 4,500 Virginians have used New Economy Workforce Credentials Grants to earn credentials in nearly 40 high-demand occupations. The average grant recipient is 36 years old. Two-thirds are new to community college education. And those who complete the program are typically seeing increases in their take-home pay between 25 and 50 percent. 

Jamie Merisotis
Resume Issues? Need An Internship? This Organization Can Help
Elissa Nadworny, NPR
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Millions of young adults in the United States have talent and motivation, but lack opportunity. At the same time, companies have opportunities available, but lack the talent they need to succeed.

Year Up provides a resolution. The organization partners with community colleges for a 12-month program in which students spend the first six months taking classes. Some of the courses focus on skill development in fields like cybersecurity or data analytics. Other classes teach professional skills, including email etiquette, resume building, and dressing for success. A six-month internship for credit follows. Along the way, Year Up provides social and emotional support. 

Taking on the Talent Gap
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and Richard Rassel, Crain's Detroit Business
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When Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her first State of the State address on Tuesday, she will likely highlight the state's focus on equipping more residents with postsecondary degrees and certifications.

Part of Michigan's attainment strategy includes Detroit Drives Degrees, a collaborative initiative working to re-engage the 690,000 adults in metro Detroit who enrolled in college but did not finish.
Opinion: Reimagining Minnesota State: Our World of Work Is Changing Fast, and We Have to Adapt
Michael Vekich and Devinder Malhotra, Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Pathways to Law School Program Is Yielding Success Stories
Lydia Lum, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Millennial Women Are Fueling the Jobs Recovery
Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg News
From Tennessee to Chicago, Free College Programs Take Off
Douglas Belkin and Michelle Hackman, The Wall Street Journal
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