“Every spring, millions of American high school kids are faced with this choice. It sounds like a no-brainer. And it used to be a no-brainer… because college used to cost a reasonable amount of money. As recently as 1980, you could get a four-year bachelor’s degree at a public school for less than $10,000, on average. These days it’ll cost you at least $40,000… or upward of $140,000 for a private school… or well over $250,000 for a top school. Unless a kid has rich parents or a full ride scholarship, he must borrow a ton of money to pay for the privilege of attending college.”
“The list of investor-funded college “alternatives” that have crashed and burned in the last few years — or just withered on the vine — runs more than a few lines long. While some college leaders have celebrated the failures — particularly of those boot camps and other providers that openly trashed traditional institutions — others recognize the need to pay attention to a marketplace that keeps trying to find faster, cheaper pathways to jobs. The latest supernova to cross the postsecondary education and training horizon, Kenzie Academy, uses some of the “college alternative” language that tends to rub higher education partisans the wrong way.”
“Helmets to Hardhats has helped more than 6,000 veterans transition into construction work since its launch in 2003. But far too many veterans are still not aware of the program when they leave the military. Capt. Stephan Jackson no longer wears a military uniform, but the Marine veteran says that devotion to discipline and duty are still very much a part of his daily life. And he’s found a second calling and career as an apprentice electrical contractor with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.”
“Many say, ‘Are you a former Marine?’ I say, ‘No, I’m still one,’ I just don’t put a uniform on everyday and I don’t show up for formation in the morning,” Jackson said Thursday. “But I do show up at the gang box every morning, a half an hour early, ready to get to work and to do what I’ve been trained to do as an apprentice for Local 351.”
“The New York Federal Reserve Bank came out with a disturbing report that looks troublesome for college students, recent graduates and their parents. According to the Fed, college graduates—defined as ages 22 to 27 years old, holding a bachelor’s degree or higher— are more likely to be unemployed and underemployed compared to overall workers. This is the first time it’s happened in almost 30 years. Statistics show that the unemployment rate for recent college graduates has been steadily moving upward, while the general unemployment rate for all other workers has been rapidly declining over the last 10 years.”
“Although the price of college is soaring and a four-year degree isn’t the guarantee of financial security it once was, 70% of parents surveyed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) said they wouldn’t advise their child to embark on a career in construction. They may want to rethink that. Not only is there a dire need for the next-generation workforce in the construction trades, jobs are widely available and often high-paying. What’s more, training usually comes with no student debt.”
“A broad cross-section of Ohio leaders – from government, education and the business community – are working hard to close an impending skills gap that could potentially spell trouble for our otherwise thriving state economy.
In a world where education beyond a high school diploma is increasingly required to land a good-paying job, it’s clear that our state must produce a strong supply of workers with the skills needed to fill those positions. Otherwise, jobseekers suffer when the best occupations are beyond their reach and employers are frustrated when they can’t find skilled workers to keep business going.”
Scott Young, who gained fame for teaching himself the four-year MIT computer science curriculum in just 12 months, says that the type of fast, focused learning he employed is possible for all of us — whether we want to master coding, become fluent in a foreign language, or excel at public speaking. And, in a dynamic, fast-paced business environment that leaves so many of us strapped for time and struggling to keep up, he believes that the ability to quickly develop new knowledge and skills will be a tremendous asset. After researching best practices and experimenting on his own, he has developed a set of principles that any of us can follow to become “ultralearners.”
“Last month, Department of Labor officials considering a new rule for apprenticeship programs received a groundswell of opinion on the matter. The department was bombarded with more than 325,000 comments from Americans, many of them focused on a controversial provision that would especially affect construction workers, according to Engineering News-Record. At issue is a proposal to exempt the construction industry from one element of the plan — creation of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) that would take over much of the standard-setting done by DOL and state agencies. “
“The future of technology is being shaped with the fourth industrial revolution on our doorsteps, and we are seeing our entire society and our way of life impacted. The fourth revolution is a new epoch in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the IoT, robotics, VR and AI are being developed and changing the way we live and work. We’ve already seen the education sector undergo tremendous changes. With all of the information on the internet, people are relying on technology (and new tech startups) for their education more than ever. “
“A new survey from Champlain College Online finds that while 48% of respondents describe themselves as “somewhat” or “very” financially insecure and one in four (25%) feel their current job is at risk of becoming extinct, most are willing to invest in continued training and education to advance their career prospects.
Champlain College Online commissioned the Adult Viewpoints 2019: Economic Security and Advancement in the Workforce survey, conducted online by national market research firm Full Circle Research, to explore how adults across three generations of the U.S. workforce — millennials, Generation X, and baby boomers — perceive their financial stability and career trajectory in today’s dynamic job landscape.”