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.
September 10, 2018
How Wisconsin Is Trying to Head Off a Major Worker Shortage
Paul Solman, PBS NewsHour
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In Wisconsin, "Help Wanted" is on virtually every restaurant window, store front, and city bus. With an aging population and few immigrants, the state could have a shortage of 45,000 workers by 2024, which may pose a threat to business.

Extraordinary measures are being taken to find enough workers to fill jobs, including a multi-million dollar ad campaign to attract millenials and a job training program for prison inmates. 

This College Is on the Front Lines of America’s Divides. Here’s How It’s Working to Bridge Them.
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Diversity-hiring strategies, cultural-competence training, curricular changes, and a busy student-heritage calendar are among the efforts MiraCosta College in Southern California uses to generate a climate of inclusion. Just as important, the initiatives are key to students' enrolling, persisting, graduating, and moving on to other educational and career goals, school officials say. 
Cleveland Codes Is Hacking Away at Job Skills Gap
Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer 
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After graduating from Lakewood High School in 2012, Anthony Abdo made burritos at Chipotle and cleaned carpets. He had jobs, but not a career. 

His uncle, a web developer in Los Angeles, suggested that Abdo look into computer coding. Abdo enrolled in Cleveland Codes, a 16-week coding boot camp based at Cuyahoga Community College. The effort, which targets low-income and underemployed people, provides the training and skills needed for in-demand information-technology jobs. 
In Race for Students, Colleges Offer to Match Tuition at Rival Schools
Melissa Korn, The Wall Street Journal
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Escalating the heated battle for students, some private colleges are offering to match public in-state tuition.

Oglethorpe University near Atlanta will match the tuition of any state flagship university for high-achieving students. Robert Morris University near Philadelphia announced plans recently to charge Pennsylvania residents the same price as local public universities and give them a $3,000 scholarship.

The discounts aren't limited to private schools. Public universities in Michigan, South Dakota, and Nebraska now let students from other states pay as if they were locals. 

Colleges Can Help Bridge the Soft Skills Gap
Rocio Villasenor, Chief Learning Officer
Hearing Looks at On-the-Job Training to Bridge Skills Gap
Kathy Gurchiek, Society for Human Resource Management
Work Underway on New LCC Workforce Training Center
Jeremiah Cook, Four States Home Page
Commentary: Education Is the Answer to Many of Life's Challenges
Donald Guy Generals, The Philadelphia Tribune
NIC Retools to Help Students Succeed
Judd Wilson, Coeur d'Alene Press
'I Know We're Going to Give Students the Support They Need'
Matthew Stolle, The Post Bulletin (Minnesota)
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