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.
September 4, 2018
Indiana Is Preparing Prisoners With Skills Needed to Acquire High-Demand Jobs on Release
Dan Carden, Northwest Indiana Times
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As Indiana's unemployment rate nears record low levels, the state is helping businesses desperate for workers by providing skills training to an unlikely group of Hoosiers who will soon be available to fill high-demand jobs—prisoners.

Through the Indiana Department of Correction's partnerships with Oakland City University, Vincennes University, and Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana prisoners are earning industry-recognized credentials in welding, computer coding, carpentry, culinary arts, cosmetology, building trades, horticulture, automotive technology, and even coal mining.

Workforce Programs Yield Big ROI
Ellie Ashford, Community College Daily
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When community colleges educate and train people for higher-paying jobs, they not only improve individuals’ lifestyles, but that investment benefits employers, taxpayers, and local and state governments.

For example, SUNY Ulster, a community college in New York's Hudson Valley, partners with the Council of Industry to learn about local manufacturers' challenges, develop curricula, and make sure its instructional programs are aligned with companies' needs. 
Companies Ramp Up Worker-Retraining Efforts
Austen Hufford, The Wall Street Journal
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Dwayne Mace has been a painter and a construction worker throughout his 37 years at Lamar Advertising Co. Now he’s a digital billboard repairman training the next generation of workers.

Lamar is one of many U.S. companies retraining less-educated workers for more sophisticated tasks. Two-thirds of manufacturers plan to increase training in the next year, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers. In response, companies are ramping up their investments in "radical reskilling" programs to provide entry-level employees with the skills they need for more advanced positions.
How Colleges Help Students Find Purpose in Their Work
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
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More liberal-arts colleges are taking steps to clarify the connections between classroom and career, and to prepare students for lives of meaningful work. Their efforts take several forms, but they have common goals: to increase graduates’ confidence that they can succeed in an increasingly technical work force, and to dispel parents’ and policy makers’ doubts about the returns on an expensive liberal-arts degree.

Choose First Job Wisely or Earn Less Later
Pete Musto, Voice of America
Quantifying the Risks of Working While in College
Delece Smith-Barrow, The Hechinger Report
Filling in the Gaps
Justyna Tomtas, The Lewiston Tribune
Judge Keeps DACA in Place
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Opinion: Becoming a Talent Hub
Mark Bennett, The Tribune-Star (Indiana)
 
 
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