Top stories in higher ed for Thursday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
July 26, 2018
Cybersecurity Worker Shortage a National Security Issue Amid Infiltration of Utility Companies
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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The recent revelation of a coordinated campaign to infiltrate utility companies underscores a cybersecurity worker shortage and a brewing national security issue of protecting critical infrastructures.  

Public-private partnerships can help expand awareness of in-demand jobs in cybersecurity and the information technology sector as a whole. One example is the Creating IT Futures' initiative from CompTIA. The accelerated training program teaches foundational skills for entry-level IT positions in several U.S. cities. Students can earn their CompTIA A+ certifications and continue on an upward career path. 

To Expand Pool of Skilled Workers, North Carolina to Help Students Finish College
Riia O'Donnell and Jean Dimeo, Education Dive
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Too often, financial emergencies such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car breakdowns prevent community college students from completing their coursework and training. In North Caroline, a new program will help students reach their academic goals by providing small grants to cover unforeseen challenges.

The Finish Line Grants program also will further expand the state's pool of skilled workers by eliminating barriers that prevent talented students from completing the training necessary to secure rewarding jobs. 
Montana Sets Example for Other States By Using Data to Drive Policy
Jenna Leventoff, National Skills Coalition
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Many states match education and employment data
already collected to administer programs in order to better understand the effectiveness of their education and workforce policies.

Montana has set an example for other states by not just understanding its workforce programs, but using this data to drive policy change within the government, postsecondary institutions, and the business community. 

New Pathway Gives California Community College Students Guaranteed Admission to Private Colleges
Mikhail Zinshteyn, EdSource
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Three dozen private California colleges and universities are offering a path to guaranteed admissions for community college students, adding a new option for those who want to earn their bachelor’s degrees in four years.

The actions of the private colleges are part of a continuing trend that has seen stronger ties between the state's community college system and its four-year colleges and universities. 

Plenty of Innovative Ideas to Share
Community College Daily
Essay: Accountability for All Colleges
Daniel Elkins, Inside Higher Ed
CLASP Applauds the Introduction of the Aim Higher Act
Olivia Golden, Center for Law and Social Policy 
Best Practices and Solutions Are Shared at UNCF Convening
Jamal Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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