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Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
September 27, 2017
Who Advises Vocational Students About Their Major?
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A bachelor's or graduate degree is not the only route to a financially rewarding career. There are good-paying technical jobs in fields like healthcare and other skilled trades that require some postsecondary training, experience or education, but not a college degree.

A new report from Gallup and Strada Education Network's Education Consumer Pulse sheds light on who advises students in vocational programs about their field of study, and how helpful students find that advice. 

College Diploma Out-of-Reach for Growing Number of Low-Income Illinois Students
Susie An, WBEZ
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Aileen Ramirez, a fourth-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, plans to graduate next fall and possibly go on to get her master’s degree in social work. But UIC wasn’t Ramirez’s first — or even second — choice.

After cobbling together scholarships and other aid, it was the best school she could afford. Ramirez considers herself lucky. With her patchwork of scholarships, she’s managed to make it to college and is approaching graduation. But for many other low-income students in Illinois, a college diploma is increasingly out of reach.

New SAT, Old Gaps On Race
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
As the College Board unveils results from the new version of the SAT, the number of students taking the exam has hit an all-time high. At the same time, the results show that less than half of all test takers were fully college-ready and that ethnic and racial disparities persist.
Developing a Skilled Workforce
Andrew Bork, SDPB Radio
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After 40 years of work in the food service industry around Huron, Todd Peterson is changing what’s on his menu. In a year, he’ll graduate from Mitchell Technical Institute as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The Build Dakota Scholarship program is paying for Peterson’s education if he agrees to work in the state in his field for three years.

More states are following in the footsteps of South Dakota, working hand in hand with their technical education systems to help them better respond to changing industry needs.

Opinion: College Attainable for All
Mike Flores, San Antonio Express-News (Texas)
New Business Initiative Aims at Economic Growth Through Higher Education
Michael Martz, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)
Blog: Supporting Adult Learners to Support Our Economy
Brian Sorenson, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning