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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.
November 21, 2018
To Transform the American Workforce System, Apprenticeship Needs Stronger Supports
Eric Seleznow, Jobs for the Future
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The nursing assistant who takes care of your elderly parent. The software developer who designed the program you rely on for work. The insurance claims analyst who processed your fender bender. These are the new faces of apprenticeship in America.

As the labor market tightens to record-low unemployment, employers far beyond the building trades are turning to apprenticeship as a way to grow their own talent. While embracing this time-tested approach to career training, growing industries like tech, health care, and financial services are also challenging traditional approaches to apprenticeship. 

Breaking Into Construction: How an ADOT Program Attracts Women and Minorities
Karisma Sandoval, Cronkite News
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More than 90 percent of workers in the construction industry are men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is trying to change that statistic by working with community college leaders and contractors on a program that integrates more women and minorities into a wide range of construction jobs, including welding, trucking, electrical work, and building houses and roads.

Patricia McKinley is a benefactor of the ADOT's efforts. She used the skills she learned at the construction academy to launch a Phoenix business, KHAVL Transport, in 2016 with just one truck. She now has four semi-tractor trailers in the trucking company, which she co-owns with her husband.

Public and Private Institutions Partner to Produce More Nurses, More Quickly
Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
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Public-private partnerships between universities and community colleges are growing as national demand for nurses with bachelor's degrees is increasing. The institutions are attempting to stave off a projected shortfall of more than a million nurses in coming decades.

Mount Mary University in Wisconsin, a private institution, joined this trend last year when it teamed up with Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College, both public institutions, to offer a "1-2-1" nursing program that allows students to earn associate and bachelor's degrees in nursing simultaneously.

Elevating the National Conversation About Helping First-Generation Students Complete Their College Degrees
Richard Whitmire, The 74
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Most people will read the news about former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg donating $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University to make it “forever need-blind” and say to themselves: That’s nice; another billionaire donating to his alma mater. What else is new?

Actually, there's a lot new here. What Bloomberg did is just one sliver of a barely noticed breakthrough playing out around boosting the college success rates for first-generation students. The goal is not just getting them into college, but making sure they emerge with degrees.

Equipping the Workforce of the Future
Jamira Burley, Chief Learning Officer
Blog: Amazon's HQ2, Telecommuting, and Online Education
Joshua Kim, Technology and Learning
Telling the HBCU Story
Samaad Wes Keys and Edward Smith-Lewis, Jr., Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Tribal Colleges and Native Organizations Are ‘Growing Their Own’ Faculty
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A Film About Higher Ed That Should Bother You a Little
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Speaking From Experience
Sam Bonacci, Community College Daily
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