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 24, 2018
From the Very First, Georgia Gwinnett Has Put Students First
Focus Magazine
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Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) near Atlanta is known for its intensely personal approach to ensure student success. Just ask the Gonzalez brothers, Arnoldo, Homero, and Esteban. All three brothers are GGC graduates, despite the many barriers they faced as young immigrants from Mexico.

Georgia Gwinnett is now looking for ways to be more proactive and preventive.

Says Dan Nolan, a retired military officer who serves as the college’s chief of staff: “We have started to ask the question, ‘Is there a way we could build a scaffolding so we don’t need as many safety nets?’”

Improving the Student Experience Through eCommerce: Best Practices for Higher Ed
The EvoLLLution
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Online shopping is increasingly the norm for people buying books, groceries, clothing, and everything in between. In this interview, Lisa Slavin of Massachusetts Bay Community College describes ways in which colleges and universities can integrate eCommerce best practices into their online presence. 
National Expert Lauds Palo Alto College’s Focus on Student Needs
Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News
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Last December, Roxanne Quintanilla almost dropped out of Palo Alto College. She’d exhausted her financial aid—not on textbooks or tuition but on day care for her young child.

A campus resource called the S.H.A.R.E. Center enabled Quintanilla to remain in school and graduate. Among other things, the center provides emergency aid, food, clothes for job interviews, and help polishing students' resumes. 
San Antonio Programs Prepare People for ‘High-Need, Hard-to-Fill’ Jobs
Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News
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After stints in nursing and working at a corporate office, Sara Vitopil wanted to try something new. But the 47-year-old had bills to pay and a family to support. She couldn’t afford to stop working and take out loans to go back to school. An apprenticeship program at Cox Manufacturing in San Antonio offered a solution.

Faced with an aging workforce and a lack of people with the right skills set, companies are taking matters into their own hands and developing pipelines to fill in-demand positions. Others are teaming up with schools and organizations to steer young people toward these jobs, which offer competitive wages and future careers.

Aiming to Reduce Teacher Shortages
Community College Daily
Workforce Training Fixing Skilled Labor Shortage
Eric Retzlaff, The Leader-Herald
Roadside Messaging
Community College Daily
Opinion: We Need to Reconnect Disconnected Youth
Emily Campbell, The Plain Dealer
Report: Counselors Need Better Training to Help Students Apply to Colleges
Jamie Rogers, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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