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January 21, 2019
Is College Really the Only Pathway to Success? Here's What Some States Are Doing to Help Young People
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News
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Even as experts call the path straight from high school to college a good one, they are also increasingly lauding apprenticeships and other training programs that teach young people the skills they need for well-paying jobs-electrician, carpenter or auto mechanic, among scores of other occupations the country also needs-that don't require a four-year college degree.  

Colorado and Michigan are among states taking a serious look at how to give young people skills to succeed financially. They aren't discouraging college as an option, but they say students graduating from high school should have a better sense of all options, including skilled trades.

Shifting (Career) Gears
Jennifer Micale, Community College Daily
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As an instructor with the NASCAR Racing Experience, Tiffany Simonik once traveled the country to help others fulfill their high-speed dreams. Now Simonik is embarking on a new dream in a industry considered nontraditional for women: Designing engines and other automotive components for the transportation of the future.

Rigorous academics at SUNY Broome Community College are preparing her well for the field. Plus, she can take advantage of an added bonus: Many of her classes are held in the Paul & Mary Calice and Mildred Barton Advanced Manufacturing Center, a new facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment and training for the college's STEM programs.

The ‘Moneyball’ Solution for Higher Education
Kimberly Hefling, Politico
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Education is supposed to be a ladder to prosperity, but in the decades-long push to open college doors wide, an unintended casualty has been the college dropout. 

For the past seven years, Georgia State University has been feeding student data into a "Moneyball"-style predictive analytics system to improve its graduation rates. The custom piece of software monitors some 52,000 students using 800 different academic risk factors, from how well they're doing in algebra to whether they've started to miss class regularly.

The system also tracks 14 financial indicators like unpaid student debt. The goal is to catch students before they reach a crisis point and provide the advising and instructional help to get them through it.

Shining the Limelight on Soft Skills: The Importance of Adopting Common Assessment Frameworks
The EvoLLLution
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As employers continue to find ways to leverage automations and technological advancements to lower costs and improve productivity, the importance of soft skills has never been more important to success in the labor market—and its role as a differentiator for job-seekers will only continue to grow.

In this interview, Gregory W. Fowler, Anthony Siciliano, and Jaymes Walker-Myers of Southern New Hampshire University reflect on the importance of a common framework for soft skills assessment.

Impacts and Perceptions of Career-Focused Education
Dawn Royal and Tommy Tran, Gallup
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Scott Davison, Indianapolis Business Journal
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Carmel Price and Natalie Sampson, Bridge Michigan
Equal Opportunity in American Education
Dick Startz, Brookings Institution
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Harvey McGuinness, Santa Fe New Mexican
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Dave Doucette, EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education
Texas Higher Ed, UTSA Officials Call Financial Aid Funding Crucial
Brittany Britto, San Antonio Express-News
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