Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
June 25, 2018
California Leaders Get Real About Automation, Stranded Workers, and Skills
Kermit Kaleba, Medium
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Technology and market forces are changing the workplace, the talent needs of employers, and the skills workers need to stay in the game. 

Van Ton-Quinlivan, Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Digital Futures of California Community Colleges, and Kermit Kaleba, Federal Policy Director of the National Skills Coalition, offer insight into the plight of stranded workers and how reskilling "booster shots" can incease their economic resiliency.

Online-Only Western Governors University Launches in Ohio, With Officials Hoping It Helps the State Meet Attainment Goals
Emily Bamforth, Cleveland.com
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Western Governors University, an online university that hopes to make college more affordable and attainable for students, is officially launching in Ohio. 

WGU Ohio, the eighth state to partner with the institution, will help adult learners like Clevelander Crystal Stewart develop the skills they need for the jobs of the future. Stewart graduated this year with her master's degree in nursing from WGU. She's a 29-year-old first-generation college student who found out about WGU while working as a clinical instructor.
Rural High School Students Are Skipping College. Should We Be Worried?
Vanessa Miller, The Gazette
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For many American high schoolers, college is a given. But for students in more rural parts of the nation, the academic conclusions are not so certain. 

In response, states like Iowa have launched several programs and initiatives aimed at improving college access, awareness, and direct-from-high-school enrollment. Iowa's three public universities, as well as private and community colleges, also are prioritizing efforts to increase support and outreach for those who don't think they can afford college or are the first in their families to attend.  

New Community College Program Aims to Help Parents Get Their Degree With Less Stress
Jasmine Pelaez, WDVM
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A new community college program in Maryland intends to help low-income parents earn an associate's degree in five semesters.

Designed specifically for parents of young children, the Parents Lead Program at Frederick Community College provides funding to offset the costs of childcare while parents attend a combination of online and on-campus evening classes. The effort also includes a specialized curriculum and advising services to help parent-students succeed.
Liberal Arts and the Workforce
Jack Kenny, New Hampshire Business Review
Emerson's Monser on Bolstering the Region’s STEM Education
Nathan Rubbelke, St. Louis Business Journal (Missouri)
City Colleges Network Invests in Student Apprenticeships
Heather Hartel, Chicago Business Journal
Blog: Disproportionate Representation at the State Level May Be Hurting Rural Communities
Neal Holly and Zeke Perez Jr., Education Commission of the States
Training Beyond High School 'New Minimum for Succeeding'
Andrew Soergel, U.S. News & World Report
A Tale of Two Cities
Dwyer Gunn, Pacific Standard
Hundreds of Comments Submitted for College Funding Formula Proposal
Jake Jarvis, The State Journal (West Virginia)
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