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 8, 2018
Apprenticeships Rebuild Excitement for Manufacturing Careers, Close Skills Gap
Olivera Perkins, The Plain Dealer
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A shortage of skilled workers in Northeast Ohio may have just as much to do with an image problem for manufacturing as a lack of training for potential employees. 

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network is attempting to tackle both issues through its two-year apprenticeship program for high school students. Students in the Early College Early Career program take tuition-free classes toward an advanced manufacturing and technology degree at area community colleges to learn the skills employers are demanding.

Through paid internships at local companies, the students also see first-hand that many of the stereotypes about manufacturing are far from true.

The Evolving World of Community Colleges: Market Position, Competition, and the Future
The EvoLLLution
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Lower enrollments, changing student demographics, and increased competition from universities looking to grow their share of workforce development programming are prompting community college leaders to look to the future of their institutions and develop strategic responses to the challenges of tomorrow.

In this interview, Ian Roark of Pima Community College discusses the ways in which his institution is addressing the workforce-oriented needs of today's learners.
Giving Rural Students 'the Short Box'
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
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Colleges often go about recruiting rural students in the wrong way, admissions experts say. But they can commit to better practices if they recognize "rurality is different everywhere."

For instance, Purdue University, Indiana University, and the College Board have a partnership called Making College Connections that attempts to help high school students understand postsecondary options and prepare to apply to college.

They came up with the idea of a college planning night, selecting rural high schools in far-flung regions of the state and partnering with school counselors. They offered to help with SAT preparation and college planning if those services were in need.
‘Showing That They Care’: College Faculty Called on to Aid Floundering Students
Jon Marcus, The Washington Post
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Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is among a growing number of colleges and universities that involve their faculty members in watching for problems that could derail students.

For many faculty members, this new role requires a culture shift.  

Engaging in Deeper Partnerships
Evon Walters, Community College Daily
Editorial: Too Many Not Ready for Career
The Times and Democrat (South Carolina)
Commentary: Getting Students From Classroom to Workforce
Barbara Hulit and Gary Cohn, The Herald
Change Is on the Way for the College Scorecard
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Debunking Myths Surrounding Career and Technical Education
Hatter-Williams, Lansing State Journal
Cheng Gives ABOR Update on 2025 Goals Progress
Kate Devereaux, Arizona Daily Sun
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