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 24, 2020
Jamie Merisotis
'They Outperformed Everyone': How Training Can Transform an Incarcerated Workforce
Aman Kidwai, HR Dive
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Employers across the country are turning to untapped talent pools—veterans, workers with disabilities, and the formerly incarcerated—to survive today's low unemployment and skill gaps. But one sales and marketing company has gone a step further by setting up shop in prisons and hiring currently incarcerated workers.

Jamie Merisotis
Creating Connections
John Hanc, The New York Times
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Most of the approximately 13,000 full-time students who attend Brooklyn College depend on some form of financial aid. Many come from families in which neither parent completed college. These students typically do not have access to the kind of infrastructure that can help them with internships and jobs.   

The school's Magner Career Center aims to change that by providing advantages and resources to students who often have not had many in their lives.

Jamie Merisotis
Why Aren’t More School Counselors Trained in Helping Students Apply to College?
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
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Felicida Barajas, a counselor at Jurupa Valley High School, is passionate about helping students get to college. She often shares her own story of navigating higher education as a first-generation student.

Counselors can make the difference between a student heading to college with a robust financial aid package and a plan of study—or not applying to college at all. Yet many counselors receive little or no training in college counseling. Instead, the focus is on student mental health.

Jamie Merisotis
Reimagining Internships for Adult Learners and a New Era of Work
Amy Ahearn, EdSurge
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Internships have long aimed to fill the “experience gap” for college students, allowing them to get their foot in the door with prospective employers and gain relevant experience for their resumes.

Yet the models that work for 20-something students often do not suit the realities of working adults who now make up 39 percent of the higher education market. These individuals cannot put their life on hold—especially for in-person internships that are unpaid. 

We Know What Works to Close the Completion Gap
David Gooblar, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Every Georgian Deserves Access to Higher Education
Jennifer Lee, Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change
Rebecca Silbert and Debbie Mukamal, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Connecting the Dots to Create the Workforce Blount County Needs
Amy Beth Miller, Maryville Daily Times (Tennessee)
Commentary: Manufacturing the Next Generation of Talent
Andy Crask, Inside INdiana Business
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