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.
March 28, 2018
There’s a Construction Boom in North Carolina. But There Aren’t Enough Skilled Workers.
Naomi Prioleau, WUNC
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Gwyneth Waite took some time to decide on a career path. First, she wanted to be a meteorologist, then a nurse, then a hairdresser. But a cousin convinced Waite to try something completely different: welding. 

Now, Waite is close to graduating from the welding program at Guilford Technical Community College. That's a good thing because across the country, and in North Carolina, there's a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. 

Wanted: An Army of Autoworkers With Cutting-Edge Skills
Ted Evanoff, The Tennessean
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Kim Williams is the Tennessee-based director of global quality for auto parts maker Tenneco. America is running short of people like Williams just as automation presses home the need for new skills in auto plants. 

Initiatives such as Tennessee Promise offer lower tuition to steer younger people into trades. The program is key to the strategy for reaching Tennessee's goal that 55 percent of the state's residents hold college degrees or workforce certificates by 2025.  
Proof That Colleges Adapt, and a Prod for More Change
Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed
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At a time when small private colleges face intensifying financial, enrollment and other pressures, two seemingly contradictory things are both true: many of them are experimenting with meaningful changes, and more of them may need a push to do so.
A Space for Students Who Need Something to Eat
Jennifer Medina, The New York Times
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A 2016 study found that roughly four in 10 students in the University of California system went hungry at least some of the time.

The University of California, Irvine is approaching the challenge with its Basic Needs Hub, a food pantry that helps anyone on campus who needs something to eat. To lessen the stigma of asking for help, students are not required to show proof of income to access the pantry. 

Nurses Return to Classroom to Boost Skills
Annemarie Franczyk. Buffalo Business First
Attainment Increases With Nondegree Credentials
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Views: AI Success Means Reimagining Work
Katherine LaVelle,
Veterans Get Helping Hand From Tech Sector
Joseph Hauger, The Preston County News & Journal
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