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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.
July 23, 2018
Area Colleges Work to Get Freshmen to Second Year
Brittany Williams, The Longview News-Journal
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While more high school graduates are enrolling in college than ever before, rates of retention are mixed among Texas institutions. In response, some colleges are implementing targeted student supports to get freshmen to their second year. 

At LeTourneau University, for instance, freshmen are paired with peer advisers and student mentors who coach them academically, socially, and spiritually. 

In addition, after four weeks of coursework, staff members at LeTourneau's Student Achievement Center work with students to provide interventions for those who may be struggling. The center also offers free tutoring. 
A Good Deal for Aviation Students
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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Aviation companies in Wichita, Kansas, are so strapped for skilled workers that out-of-the-area students who enroll in certain short-term programs at WSU Tech will have their living and relocation costs covered, as well as their tuition.

Students in the Wichita Promise MOVE program also receive job coaching, a guaranteed job interview, and a signing bonus when hired. Those who earn a certificate will qualify for a high-demand job that pays $14 to $15 an hour.

Girls-Only Trade Classes Are Spreading—and Upending Stereotypes
Brenda Iasevoli, The Hechinger Report
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High school auto mechanics teacher Kristina Carlevatti knows what it’s like to be one of just a few females in a class filled with males. That was her frequent experience while earning a degree in technical and trade education at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Girls-only trade classes like Carlevatti’s are gaining traction, and the timing is right. A shortage of skilled workers is driving up wages in the trades, especially in traditionally male-dominated professions such as auto repair, construction, and welding.

How to Help Students Climb the Income Ladder
Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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In this video, Pace Unviersity President Marvin Krislov talks about how his institution aims to improve the economic status of students with an education that blends specific job skills and the broader benefits of the liberal arts.
Commentary: Educating the 21st Century Workforce
R. Louie Gonzalez, Northwest Indiana Times
Opinion: Adult Education Is for Everyone
Jim Makofske, The Fresno Bee
Are Too Few College Students Asking for Federal Aid?
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Upward Bound Brings Local High School Students to College
Dani Anguiano, The Enterprise-Record
Negotiated Rulemaking on Accreditation Forthcoming
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
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