There’s a New Pipeline to White-Collar Jobs. It Starts With Apprenticeships.
Steven Johnson, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Rebecca Lake, dean of workforce and economic development at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, has been getting lots of calls. The latest involves a lengthy chat with a technical college in Kansas. Administrators there, like the others, want to know how they can join the two-year colleges that are exploring apprenticeships, including in white-collar fields.
Lake, and the Chicago area generally, are at the forefront of a small but growing movement that is changing how some students enter white-collar jobs. Apprenticeships, most often concentrated in manual trades like construction and manufacturing, are nothing new. But some companies are starting them in professions that traditionally require four-year degrees.