Top stories in higher ed for Tuesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
October 16, 2018
New Warnings About California Students Juggling College and Jobs
Larry Gordon, EdSource
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At the start of this semester, Brittney Mendez, a junior at the University of California at Merced, was working about 30 hours a week as a night-time server at a sushi restaurant. Even though she receives financial aid to cover tuition, the political science major needed the job to pay off-campus rent, food, and other expenses. 

Her dilemma is shared by hundreds of thousands of college students in California and nationwide who balance school with substantial employment. Studies show grades slip and graduation is at risk when students work more than 15 hours. Many students, however, say they have no choice.
Salute to Skills: Workshops for Warriors and Hire Heroes USA
Matt Parke, WorkingNation
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Veterans represent an untapped workforce for future-proof careers in advanced manufacturing. Workshops for Warriors and Hire Heroes USA are teaming up to give veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning military the technical and career development skills they need to enter an industry in desperate need of their talent. 

No Tech Degree? No Problem. Tech Council Launches Apprenti Program to Meet Nashville's Demand for Skilled Employees
Jamie McGee, Nashville Tennessean
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When Nashville's new program to address demand for tech talent, Apprenti, launches in November, the class will be comprised of 15 Nashvillians seeking a new path to a highly paid field. They include a pharmacist from India, whose credentials didn't translate in the U.S., a former robotics operator, and a truck driver who wants a career closer to home. 

What makes Apprenti different from other training programs underway is the highly vetted process. And, unlike traditional job-training options, Apprenti combines paid on-the-job training and education for placement in a high-skill occupation. 

The Little College Where Tuition Is Free and Every Student Is Given a Job
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
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Berea College in Kentucky isn't like most other colleges. It has not charged students tuition since 1892. Every student on campus works. The work includes everyday tasks such as janitorial services, but older students are often assigned jobs aligned to their academic program. 

Students receive a physical check for their labor that can go toward housing and living expenses. Forty-five percent of graduates have no debt, and the ones who do have an average of less than $7,000 in debt, according to Luke Hodson, the college’s director of admissions.

On top of that, more than 90 percent of Berea College students are eligible to receive the Pell Grant. 
Career Courses Teach Skills That Put Students on the Job
Andrew Wind, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Hunger: LTC Takes Action to Help the 4 in 10 Students Who Are Food Insecure
Dr. Paul Carlsen, Herald Times Reporter (Wisconsin)
Groups' Goal Is ‘On-Ramp' to Degree
Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business
One Way to Help Students Become Knowledge Creators
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
History of Helping: Black Churches Have Tradition of Giving College Scholarships
LaMont Jones and Jamal Eric Watson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Elite-College Admissions Are Broken
Alia Wong, The Atlantic
Conference Brings Together Students, Tech Titans
Bek Phillips, Santa Cruz Sentinel
Opinion: Recommit to Skilled Trades as Alternative to College
Michael Foit, Indianapolis Business Journal
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