Top stories in higher ed for Friday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
January 26, 2018
Can This 200-Year-Old Approach Help Modern Companies Find New Talent?
Gwen Moran, Fast Company
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In an effort to bridge the skills gap and tap new talent pools, more companies are turning to the apprenticeship model and partnering with community colleges and four-year higher education institutions to find workers and ensure they have the precise skills needed to do the job.
Why Are Women Still Choosing the Lowest-Paying Jobs?
Kelly Field, The Atlantic
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During the last academic year, U.S. colleges and trade schools awarded nearly a million certificates, almost 60 percent of them to women. Yet just 6 percent of those in welding—the most popular program among men—went to women.

The vocational programs that tend to attract females also lead to the least-lucrative professions. That’s hurting them—and the economy.

Dividing Lines Take Shape in Senate
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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As the U.S. Senate education committee strives for consensus on the Higher Education Act, Republicans push for innovation and Democrats focus on protecting students from low-quality programs.

Photo: Roger Newton
North Carolina ‘Dreamers’ Volunteer, Mentor Young People
Victoria Edwards, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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It’s not just individuals like Teresa Rivera who stand to lose if no new legislative protections are put in place to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. There also could be hefty economic consequences for many states in terms of turning away much-needed skills and talent. 

Program Looks to Spread “College Knowledge” Among More Detroit Students, Schools
Lester Graham, Michigan Radio
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Many low-income and first-generation high school students in Detroit see college as out of reach. The Detroit College Access Network is working to change their perception through information and collaborative efforts with education and community stakeholders.
Preparing Today's Workforce for Tomorrow's Economy
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Investing in human capital—workers’ education and skills—is key to building a productive workforce, supporting innovation, and fostering economic growth.

As the United States strives to create a workforce that can maintain its economic competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace, the conversation about human capital must consider the unique characteristics of foreign-born workers—individuals who currently represent one in every six workers.
Where Will Future Tech Jobs Be Created?
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
Opinion: The Time Has Come for State to Tackle Workforce Development
Bobby Segal and Dan Feltes, Concord Monitor (New Hampshire)
Getting in Was Difficult, But Then What?
Judy D’Mello, The East Hampton Star (New York)
‘Stay the Course’ Proves It Takes More Than Money
Cynthia M. Allen, Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas)
Student Loan Changes Ahead
Renata Sago, Marketplace
Bill Would Offer Scholarships for Older Students
Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
Texas Has the Largest Gender Gap in Educational Attainment
Beatriz Alvarado, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
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