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.
July 27, 2018
Can ‘Work Colleges’ in Cities Become a Low-Cost, High-Value Model for the Future?
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
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It’s not uncommon for college students to work to save money for everything from books to spring break vacations. But schools generally don’t require students to work—unless they are work colleges.

Paul Quinn College is in Dallas; it's the first urban work college and the first historically black work college. Now the college, which has become known for taking unusual paths to success, will expand to a second location in Plano. 

The new site will house students in apartments to reduce overhead costs. Paul Quinn College will work with corporate sponsors, including FedEx, JPMorgan Chase, Liberty Mutual, and others, to arrange for student internships and classroom space.

CMS Needs Nearly 500 Teachers. How a New Program Is Helping Find Some of Them.
Ann Doss Helms, The Charlotte Observer
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About a month before students report to school, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has more than 450 teacher vacancies posted.

This summer, CMS launched a six-week crash course for career-changers and nontraditional college graduates who want to become teachers. As it draws to a close this week, 64 of the original 82 candidates remain in the running to lead their own classrooms in August, and 30 have already been hired.

CMS is far from alone. As enrollment slumps in colleges of education across America, alternative paths to teaching have become increasingly important.
AEP, State Take Steps to Prepare High School Students for Future in Workforce
Chloe Skaar, The Columbus Dispatch
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American Electric Power is joining forces with the state of Ohio to create a college- and career-readiness program for high schoolers. Last month, four high school students from Columbus City Schools signed letters of intent to take part in “Opportunities iN Energy,” or ONE, which puts them on track to earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal on their high school diplomas.

The designation indicates professional skills have been verified by mentors. It also is part of an effort to address the labor challenges facing Ohio's employers and encourage more coordination between the business community and education.
With Spanish Classes, Vet Schools Aim to Break Down Barriers With Farmworkers
Esther Honig, NPR
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A 2015 report by Texas A&M shows more than half of workers in the U.S. dairy and meat processing industries are immigrants—and many speak Spanish. So, veterinary schools across the country are pushing to open the lines of communication and ensure accurate medical care by producing more bilingual graduates.

For example, Purdue University has a Spanish podcast for veterinary students, and Kansas State University and Texas A&M both offer classes that teach Spanish for animal health care.

Job Openings Grow as Austin Area Battles ‘Skills Gap’
Bob Sechler, Austin American-Statesman
Drawing a Map to Success
Carolyn Bortz, AACC 21 Century Center (Pennsylvania)
Blog: Momentum Grows to Increase Transparency and Consistency of Award Letters
Diane Cheng, Rachel Fishman, and Laura Keane, New America
Report: Education Dept. Will End 'Gainful' Rules
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
How Do Triangle Cities Rank for Education?
Harrison Miller, Triangle Business Journal
Presidential Engagement of Students at Minority Serving Institutions
Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
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