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.
May 4, 2018
Women in Prison Take Home Economics, While Men Take Carpentry
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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Decades after a government report on deep inequity in the vocational offerings of the nation's criminal-justice system, little has changed. Men are offered programs such as construction carpentry, electrical technology, and advanced industrial design. Meanwhile, women are offered office administration and culinary arts.

By not offering similar educational programs at women's facilities, particularly those that provide the skills potential employers need, women's prospects once they are released from prison will be hampered.  

How One University Is Luring Coveted Honors Students With Social Justice
Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report
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Stacy Tyndall is exactly the kind of person the city of Newark hopes will stick around. She's smart, ambitious, and involved in the community. But the high-poverty city near New York probably would have lost her to another part of the country were it not for an innovative two-year-old honors program on Rutgers University's Newark campus. 

Tyndall turned down a bevy of offers from colleges in other states to attend Rutgers’ Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC), which brings together dozens of students each year for a residential program that combines rigorous academics with a social-justice focus.

Amid a Tight Labor Market, This Twin Cities Company Hires Employees Before It Has a Specific Job for Them
Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost
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Twin City Hardware faces challenges similar to many employers in Minnesota and elsewhere around the country: a persistent workforce shortage.

TCH specializes in the production of doors, frames and security technology, a relatively narrow field within the construction industry that most people hardly know about it, even those teaching or studying the construction profession at higher education institutions.

The company is trying to change that by reaching out to community colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, giving students glimpses of what TCH does and inspiring faculty members to create classes that expose students to some of the skills the company needs.

Job-Market Data Inform Student Career Plans at Kentucky School
Catherine Gewertz, Education Week
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At iLEAD Academy in Kentucky, students learn which jobs their state believes will continue to grow after they get out of school, as well as what they can expect to earn in these careers.

As a result, students understand the nuts and bolts of the regional job market. They know which communities are clamoring for registered nurses and which ones want licensed practical nurses. They can tell you how much they'll make as an entry-level robotics technician and whether the pay differential between an associate degree and a bachelor's degree in that field justifies a four-year-college investment.
Keeping Up With Industry
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Views: Labor Supply and Available Jobs: the Big Disconnect
Bill Norton, New Hampshire Business Review
Researchers Find Disparities in Off-Campus College Recruiting
Lois Elfman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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