Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 5, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Walmart Is Going After High School Students in War for Talent
Lauren Thomas, CNBC
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Amid hopes of retaining more young talent with degrees in fields related to technology, Walmart is taking a previously announced college-education perk and extending it to high school students.

The benefits include jobs within the nation’s largest private employer with scheduling options for flexibility, free ACT and SAT prep courses, up to seven hours of free college credit through Walmart's "Live Better U's College Start" program, and a debt-free college degree through "Live Better U" in three fields from six non-profit universities. 

Jamie Merisotis
Getting the Word Out About Trade Careers
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
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The heating and cooling industry has a problem when it comes to developing a pipeline for its workforce. The good-paying jobs are there, but young people just aren’t interested in them.

And it’s not a problem that the country can just shrug its shoulders about. A lack of skilled workers will lead to higher labor costs for home builders, lower sales for distributors, and a changing market for manufacturers.

Jamie Merisotis
Universities Try to Catch Up to Their Growing Latinx Populations
Aaron Cantú, The Hechinger Report
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The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child. Her parents, both immigrants, hadn’t gone to college and couldn’t offer any guidance for navigating day-to-day campus life. After a few semesters, Perez just stopped showing up to classes.

With Latinx expected to make up 28.6 percent of the U.S. population by 2060, and well-paying jobs dwindling for workers who don’t hold bachelor’s degrees, pressure is rising on schools like IU Northwest to tailor their services to help more students like Perez to and through college.

Jamie Merisotis
From Badges to Performance Reviews, Here's How Colleges Are Reinventing the Work-Study Job
James Paterson, Education Dive
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Work-study programs are getting more attention in the hopes they will tackle some of higher education's thorniest problems: attracting and retaining more low-income students and addressing the chiding colleges often receive about not preparing students for the world of work.

In response, more colleges are exploring new kinds of student work experiences and ways to verify them.

San Antonio Builds Pipeline for Tech Jobs as Local Skills Gap Narrows
JJ Velasquez and Emily Donaldson, Rivard Report
Coding Curriculum in a Box
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
What Looking Back Can Tell Us About Higher Ed Today
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Battle Lines Drawn on a Student Loan Alternative
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
PwC Pays $25M to Cut Employees' Student Debt
Valerie Bolden-Barrett, Education Dive
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