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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 2, 2019
'Changing the Mindset': Female Inmates in Training for a Life After Prison
Cheryl Corley, NPR
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The inmates at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, Wash., are among more than 2 million people incarcerated in the United States. For many who leave prison behind, recidivism is a challenge.

One of the biggest obstacles they face on the outside is landing a legitimate job, especially one that pays more than minimum wage. WCCW aims to give its inmates a better chance by running a pre-apprenticeship program called Trades Related Apprentice Coaching (TRAC) inside the prison. It's a partnership between the prison and unions representing the construction trades: the Carpenters, Ironworkers, Laborers, and Cement Masons unions. 

Tangled Up in Debt
Sarah Butrymowicz and Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report
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Tracy Lozano, a single mother with a baby to raise, put on her game face when she pulled into the parking lot of the Iowa School of Beauty, just outside Des Moines. For Lozano, a cosmetology license was a realistic way to ensure a better life, and she was willing to make sacrifices. While also working nights at a Pizza Hut, she borrowed $21,000 to cover tuition and salon supplies and put in eight-hour days at the school for the better part of a year.

What Lozano didn't know was that the state-regulated school system she had put her faith in relies on a business model in which the drive for revenue often trumps students' educational needs. For-profit schools dominate the cosmetology training world and reap money from taxpayers, students, and salon customers. 

You're Hired! A Lack of Workers Breathes New Life Into Shop Class for Construction Jobs
Dianne Solis, The Dallas Morning News
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Diego Reyes is just 15 years old, but he’s already training for a job in the booming construction industry.

Texas is running out of workers, especially construction workers. And Diego knows it. The job crunch in the Dallas-Fort Worth area means a shortage of 20,000 to 30,000 construction workers. It also means a revival of shop class in area high schools and community colleges, where new programs and courses are designed to attract more native-born workers and legal immigrants to the construction trades.

Diversity in Tech: Make School Bachelor’s Program With Dominican Accredited
LaMont Jones, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Make School, a postsecondary educational program created by two 20-something techies, is now offering an industry-driven, project-oriented bachelor's degree in partnership with Dominican University of California. The program lets students complete their training in two years, and they don't have to start paying until they graduate and secure a job that pays at least $60,000 a year. 

Building and Nurturing Workforce Pathways
Walter G. Bumphus, Community College Daily
Help Wanted: Restaurateurs Feel Pinch of Shallow Labor Force
Gary Seman and JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch
The Future of Work
Ann Claire Carnahan, U.S. News & World Report
Promoting Access and Diversity in STEM
New England Public Radio
IT Leaders Take New Paths to Reaching Tech Talent
Angus Loten, The Wall Street Journal
STEM Boomerang Draws 250 Young Scientists, Engineers
Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal
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