Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 1, 2018
It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Steel Mill
R. Brock Pronko, Pennsylvania Business Central
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Once a year, Bill Polacek, president and CEO of JWF Industries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, brings students from local schools to tour the company’s manufacturing plant. Most students walk away with a completely different outlook on manufacturing.

The experience provides another eye-opener when students learn that even if they begin working without a college degree, the company gives them $5,250 a year toward one if they want to move up in the organization.

College Scorecard Drops National Comparison Data
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
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In its latest update to the College Scorecard, the Education Department has dropped data putting key outcomes measures for individual colleges in context. The department is making those changes as it pushes transparency offered by the Scorecard as an alternative to accountability provisions in the gainful-employment rule. 

"It's great news that the Department has continued to update the College Scorecard, and that, by all accounts, it plans to continue doing so. But updates to the site should come in the form of better, clearer information to consumers, not less transparency or harder-to-parse information," says Clare McCann, the deputy director for federal higher education policy at New America and a former Education Department official, in this blog post.
A Nonprofit Is Trying to Close the Gender Gap in Tech by Teaching Girls to Code 'as Young as We Possibly Can'
Erin Barry, CNBC
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When it comes to technology, most professional computing occupations are held by men. In 2016, just 19 percent of women graduated with a Computer and Information Science degree. 

Girls Who Code is trying to create new pathways for women into technology with free programs that teach girls as young as third grade about coding. The effort has 90,000 alumni, and 5,000 of the young women are college-aged. The alumni who have declared majors are choosing computer science, or a related field, at rates 15 times the national average.
Program Will Allow Inmates to Become Auto Mechanics, Provide Jobs When They Get Out
Briana Adhikusuma, The Virginian-Pilot
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Dennis Ellmer once swore he’d never hire a felon. Now he has 16 inmates on his payroll.

The president and CEO of Chesapeake-based Priority Auto led the development of the state’s first prison work-release hybrid program, combining hands-on work experience with vocational training.

With a gap of auto technician jobs to fill in the industry and a need for more prison work-release programs, Ellmer built a facility behind the Priority Infiniti dealership in Chesapeake. It features a classroom and 12 bays for the program in partnership with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, Tidewater Community College, and the city of Norfolk.

What’s the Value in Helping Students ‘Reclaim’ Their Degrees?
Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education
‘Degrees When Due’ Initiative Supports Equitable Degree Attainment
Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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