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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
May 30, 2018
Lumina Foundation Designates Seven New Cities as Talent Hubs
Lumina Foundation
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Lumina Foundation, in partnership with The Kresge Foundation, has announced the designation of an additional seven communities across the country as "Talent Hubs."

These cities, along with 17 others selected in 2017, were recognized for working to attract, retain, and cultivate talent, particularly among today's students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households. 
This Nepali Teenager Sees His Future Vanishing. Can an American University Save Him?
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Growing up in eastern Nepal, Rupesh Koirala imagines a place he has never seen. Far beyond the mountains lies the country where many great colleges are said to stand. How he will ever afford to get a degree in the United States, he does not know. 

Koirala learns about a brand-new scholarship, open to international students. He applies. In January the acceptance comes, along with the scholarship, a full ride worth about $27,000 a year. Ultimately, however, the scholarship is rescinded.

Enter Robert Morris University. Campus leaders devise a plan for Koirala; additional financial assistance will come from a business leader and former graduate of Robert Morris. Koirala is going to college. All because a handful of people asked themselves what they could do, and then did it.

Higher Ed’s Role in Shaping the U.S. Workforce
Future U Podcast
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In this podcast, Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie Merisotis talks with Jeff Selingo and Michael Horn about Lumina's goal to help 60 percent of U.S. adults obtain education and training after high school. 

Banking on Your Future: JVS BankWork$ Delivers Quality Workers for the Banking Industry
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Trapped in a cycle of underemployment and low-wage work, Jerry Walker and Janet Romero wanted more for themselves and their families. An eight-week training program from JVS BankWork$ delivered the foundational skills they needed to get on a path to economic security.  
Maybe the Answer to Our Nation's Talent Crisis Is Hiding in Plain View
Dakota Pawlicki and Haley Glover, Lumina Foundation
More Jobs Will Be Cleared for Takeoff. Aspiring Pilots Are Ready.
Zach Wichter and Micah Maidenberg, The New York Times
TCC and ODU Partnership Gives College Credit for Work Experience
Sandra J. Pennecke, The Hampton Roads Business Journal
Nine Questions With UTEP President Diana Natalicio
Aaron Montes and Megan Martinez, El Paso Inc.
Commentary: The Time to Begin Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Is Now
Raymond Scheppach, Governing the States and Localities
Essay: Let’s Focus Innovation on Social Mobility
Brian Fleming and Allison Dulin Salisbury, Inside Higher Ed
Study: Black and Hispanic Students Get Lower Return on Higher Ed Investment
Sammy G. Allen, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Talent, Workforce Will Dominate on Mackinac
Ingrid Jacques, The Detroit News (Michigan)
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