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Human Work and Learning
Grads on the Go: Measuring College-Specific Labor Markets for Graduates
May 27, 2022
This report from the National Bureau of Economic Research presents a new measure of the labor markets served by colleges and universities across the United States. About 50 percent of recent college graduates are living and working in the metro area nearest the institution they attended, with this figure climbing to 67 percent in-state. The…
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How To Ease the Nursing Shortage in America
May 23, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic worsened a national shortage of registered nurses, making it increasingly urgent that policymakers invest in higher education, coordinate strategies to alleviate the pressures on the nursing workforce, and make the entire health care system more equitable and stable.A report by the Center for American Progress examines the barriers in higher education contributing…
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Preparing for Tomorrow’s Middle-Skill Jobs

How Community Colleges Are Responding to Technology Innovation in the Workplace

April 13, 2022
This report describes a study conducted by researchers from CCRC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Task Force on the Work of the Future to understand how community colleges are adapting their workforce programs to changing skill demands, diversifying pathways to certificates and degrees, and grappling with equity concerns. 
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How the Great American Jobs Reshuffle Enables a New Opportunity Agenda
March 16, 2022
There’s a great American jobs reshuffle underway that, while wrenching, has a potential upside for education, contends this report from the American Enterprise Institute. This upside is an opportunity to expand two promising and related approaches to education, training, and hiring: skills-based hiring and K–12 career pathways programs. These new approaches create workers skilled through…
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Promising Approaches for Connecting Opportunity Youth to Registered Apprenticeships
Dec. 16, 2021
Apprenticeships can be a vehicle to turn young people’s aspirations into rewarding careers. A new report from Jobs for the Future describes promising practices in building and growing successful apprenticeship programs for young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither working nor in school.
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The Education Blockchain Initiative
Dec. 7, 2021
A report from the American Council on Education summarizes the U.S. Department of Education-funded and ACE-managed Education Blockchain Initiative, the key results of the Blockchain Innovation Challenge, and the lessons learned and best practices identified by the selected four pilots.
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Youth Policy: How Can We Smooth the Rocky Pathway to Adulthood?
Dec. 6, 2021
The COVID-19 recession has highlighted the ongoing vulnerabilities of young people in the workforce following a prolonged series of especially harsh economic downturns. A new report from the Center on Education and the Workforce examines the United States’ fragmented and inadequate approach to youth policy against the backdrop of economic pressures facing youth and young…
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The Community Colleges Students Need Now
Dec. 3, 2021
As community colleges face enrollment declines, students’ greater needs, and pandemic-era learning loss, among other challenges, the mission of social mobility becomes more important than ever. A report from the TIAA and The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at how community colleges are remaking the paths to a postsecondary credential.
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How Young Adults Can Advance in a Turbulent Economy
Nov. 30, 2021
Millions of young adults who lost jobs in the pandemic are still either unemployed or working in low-wage jobs that don’t cover their basic needs. This report from Jobs for the Future highlights four strategies to help young adults secure higher-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement.
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Reconnecting Americans to the Benefits of Work
Oct. 26, 2021
Many would-be workers are voluntarily disconnected from work, and government programs and policies have likely made work less attractive for these American, contends a report from the American Enterprise Institute. By evaluating the incentives workers face, the report recommends a number of policy reforms to lift barriers, remove disincentives, and increase the attractiveness of work.
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