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.
June 27, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Backed by $27M, Bitwise Plans More Tech Training and Jobs for Underserved Communities
Wade Tyler Millward, EdSurge
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It was a small but memorable moment for Irma Olguin Jr. Fifteen years ago, she was working late as a computer engineer for the city of Cincinnati. She ordered a plain cheese pizza and handed the delivery person money without worrying whether she gave exact change.

It then dawned on the self-described Latinx daughter of farm laborers from rural central California, she was climbing the social ladder. “Technology transformed my life,” says Olguin, 38.

Fast-forward to today. Olguin serves as co-founder and co-CEO of Bitwise, which aims to help other underrepresented people in the tech industry land well-paying jobs as programmers. So far, her base of operations has been Fresno, California. Now, she has the resources to bring her work to another city.

The New Era of Apprenticeships
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) took center stage Tuesday as it received a federal grant to start one of the first health-care apprenticeship programs in the country.

The grant is part of a $20 million partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) that aims to create 16,000 new apprentices across the United States by summer 2022. DCCCD is the first system to be announced as a participant in the Expanding Community College Apprenticeships Initiative (ECCA).

Despite Enrollment Growth, Graduating From College Still a Struggle for Many California Foster Youth
Rob Waters, EdSource
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May was a big month for Miguel Almodóvar. The former foster youth graduated from California State University, East Bay. His mother—whom he’d seen only once in the previous four years— celebrated along with him, as did his younger sister.

Still, Almodóvar's sense of accomplishment was muted by exhaustion and an awareness that many of his “brothers and sisters”—other individuals in foster care—were not on stage with him. 

It took Almodóvar six years of full-time study to finish school. In his first year at a community college, he failed almost all his classes. Such difficulties are typical. A recent study found that among former California foster youth who enrolled in postecondary education just 49.6 percent completed their first two semesters.

Jamie Merisotis
Pulling All the Levers—Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson on Getting More Students to and Through College
Beth Hawkins, The 74
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Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson has spent both her childhood and her career in CPS. 

As head of the nation’s third-largest—and possibly most politically cutthroat—district, Jackson is the first district teacher to be elevated to the top job since 1995. In this interview, she talks about her equity-fueled approach as CEO to send more students to college—and make sure they are equipped to earn a degree.

Three Higher-Ed Angles to Watch for in This Week’s Democratic Debates
Steven Johnson and Andy Thomason, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Blog: Considering the Alternatives
Ray Schroeder, Online: Trending Now
Race, Geography, and Degree Attainment
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
CUNY Summit Examines the Most Effective Ways to Re-Engage Adult Learners
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Success May Not Have Happened Without GI Bill
Jerry Petersen, Arizona Daily Star
DC Public Schools Rolls Out Guide to Graduation, College, and Career
Bill DeBaun, National College Access Network
Democrats Propose Tuition Help to Boost AmeriCorps
Laura Castro Lindarte, Roll Call
HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight
United Negro College Fund
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