Top stories in higher ed for Wednesday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 5, 2018
Old Idea, New Economy: Rediscovering Apprenticeships
Sasha Aslanian, APM Reports
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A growing number of Americans are turning to apprenticeships as a way into the middle class. And with good reason. Apprenticeships have an impressive payoff for workers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 91 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting salary of more than $60,000 a year. 

In South Carolina, apprenticeships are helping companies find skilled workers, and giving people an affordable path to a good career. 

Community Colleges and Amazon Team Up for Cloud Computing Certification Training
Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation
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For the past three years, LinkedIn has identified cloud computing as the No. 1 in-demand global skill. Now, in a first-of-its-kind program, 19 community colleges in the Los Angeles area are offering a regionally recognized curriculum and certificate in the high-wage career. And they're doing it with one of the leaders in the field: Amazon Web Services. 

Photo: LA Johnson
Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think They Are
Elissa Nadworny and Julie Depenbrock, NPR
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Popular culture tells us that college "kids" are recent high school graduates, living on campus, taking art history, and (hopefully) graduating four years later.

In reality, the narrative of the residential, collegiate experience is way off. Nearly 17 million students head to college this fall. About half are financially independent from their parents, and nearly 1 in 4 is a parent caring for a child.

How a Podcast-Turned-Startup Is Trying to Get More Non-Traditional Students Into Tech
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
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Some of the earliest and largest coding bootcamp programs shut their doors for good last year. And it left many people wondering if these short-term tech training programs are actually worth the investment (for investors and students alike).

One person who remains optimistic is Ruben Harris. In this podcast, Harris talks about how his company, Career Karma, is trying to shift the demographics of the coding bootcamp industry and what that looks like.
Designing a Mechanism to Assess CBE Quality
Charla Long, The EvoLLLution
Commentary: It’s Time to Pay It Forward
Walter G. Bumphus, Community College Daily
What Students Say Is Good Teaching
Harry Brighouse, Inside Higher Ed
New Jersey Law Could Help More Students Graduate on Time
Dino Flamma, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
UConn Has Been 'Intentional' About Diversity Efforts
Sarah Wood, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
A Tipping Point for Accreditors
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Wisconsin Grads Carry an Average $30,000 in Student Loans. Is That Changing?
Keegan Kyle and Devi Shastri, Appleton Post-Crescent
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