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.
March 30, 2018
The Uncertain Fate of College in Prison
Nicole Lewis, The Marshall Project
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In 2015, former President Barack Obama approved a program that granted thousands of prisoners access to Pell grants. The program is a mix of both college and trade courses housed in 69 sites across 27 states. Now the initiative is set to expire in 2018, putting 4,000 incarcerated Pell recipients in jeopardy.
Dept. of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced to Repay Thousands in Loans
Cory Turner and Chris Arnold, NPR
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America needs teachers committed to working with children who have the fewest advantages in life. For a decade, the federal government has offered grants to standout college students who agree to teach subjects like math or science at lower-income schools. 

Now a Department of Education study indicates that thousands of teachers who received TEACH grants worth up to $4,000 a year are being forced to repay those funds with interest due to failures in communications by grant management companies or minor errors in paperwork.

Seeking Young Talent, Harley-Davidson Launches Youth Apprenticeships in the Skilled Trades
Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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A new youth apprenticeship program at the Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls gives high school students a chance to job shadow workers as they learn about tool-and-die making, machine repair, and electrical maintenance. The effort is part of Harley-Davidson's plan to get more young people to consider work in the skilled trades as a career.

Can an Online College Help the Stranded Worker in California?
Ed Coghlan, California Economy Reporting
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The ever-changing California economy is unforgiving for those without some technological abilities. Plans for a new fully online college will help millions of working adults without a higher education degree, offering short courses and certificate programs based on skills that employers need.
Colleges Respond to Job-Market Needs
Cathy Molitoris, LancasterOnline
Video: America's Changing Workforce: Independent and Gig Workers
Clara Ritger and Emily B. Hager, The Wall Street Journal
Blog: Mind the Gap(s)
Margaret Andrews, StratEDgy
How Raising the Bar Helps Re-Entry Students Succeed (Part 4)
Daniel Apple and David Leasure, The EvoLLLution
Arizona Is Committed to Increased Educational Attainment
Rachel Yanof and Dustin Williams, Arizona Daily Star
The Free-Tuition Bandwagon
Karin Kapsidelis, Virginia Business Magazine (Virginia)
USC Application Surge Lowers Acceptance to 13 Percent
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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