“There was a time when people who worked in a trade were revered. If you were a carpenter or if you could work with metal or build a house or fix somebody’s plumbing, you were held in high esteem. You were also paid very well. I grew up around a lot of talented tradespeople in my small hometown. Sometimes what they did looked like magic. They never seemed intimidated by a broken down car or a heating unit on the fritz. They just went to work and fixed it and they didn’t quit until it was running right. “
“Like many teenagers, Maggie Waldon caught a sort of senioritis halfway through a traditional high school. With two years left, she enrolled in Epic Charter Schools, the Oklahoma City-based online public school that is now one of the largest virtual schools in the country. At Epic, Waldon said she easily raised her grades from C’s and F’s to A’s and B’s. She said she did so with little instruction. “There were days I asked my teacher for help. But mostly, I just figured it out,” Waldon said.”
“Thanks to a special $1.5 million state grant, the College of Lake County is able to offer nearly 200 Lake County residents seeking career certificates in certain fields free tuition, textbooks, exam fees and other expenses. Ali O’Brien, the college’s vice president of community and workforce partnership who helped apply for the grant, said CLC is one of 15 community colleges awarded state funds through the program. She said the grants were made available to colleges that serve a certain percentage of minority students.”
Students assume getting a 4-year degree — and taking on the thousands of dollars of student-loan debt that comes along with it — is the only way to get your foot in the door at top companies such as Tesla, Apple, and Netflix. But that isn’t always true. Even the CEO of Tesla doesn’t think you need it. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, colleges “are not for learning,” but rather a place to have fun, speaking on Monday at the Satellite 2020 conference. Musk said you can learn anything online for free, and noted that billionaire moguls like Bill Gates and Oracle’s Larry Ellison dropped out of college. Ideally, he added, you would have dropped out of school “and did something.”
“I talk with a lot of moms about how hard it is to find a good handyman, plumber, or someone who can come and service their riding lawn mower. When we actually get someone who can do the work, they are booked so far out that we have to wait months to get our repairs done.”
“Two new marketing apprenticeships have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, taking the provision all the way from Level 3 marketing assistant (equivalent to an A Level qualification) through to Level 7 (equivalent to a Master’s degree). The standards and end-point assessment plans, developed by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in collaboration with a group of brands including Mercedes Financial Services, Clarks and BT, cover a new Level 3 marketing apprenticeship and a marketing adaptation of the current senior leaders Level 7 apprenticeship. This means that for the first time the marketing industry will be able to provide an end-to-end apprenticeship offering.”
“We tend to think of apprenticeships in the trades but high tech apprenticeships are on the rise because companies can’t find enough college graduates to take the entry-level jobs in IT or coding. Some of these companies are looking for those with GED’s or even people still in high school to staff some of these positions. But what about long term? Can a company-specific apprenticeship program transfer if someone wants to leave the company eventually for another job? Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Bosch…all have apprenticeship programs as do many other companies with a high tech component. There is a program called PEAT, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. It’s funded by the US labor department. Its a wealth of information on apprenticeships in tech.
“Ryan Craig has been talking about closing the skills gap longer than most people. It’s been his passion, and his company’s mission. And when Craig talks about the future of work, it is worth listening to what he has to say.“The reason the skills gap is as big as it’s ever been, and it doesn’t seem to be shrinking, is there are two underlying frictions in the labor market,” he tells me in this episode of Work in Progress. Craig, the co-founder and managing director of University Ventures, says those two frictions are on the education and on the employer sides.”
“A growing trend among students is to look at spending the first year after high school in an untraditional way. After competing for top grades, taking AP classes, and endless studying for SATs and ACTs in high school, some students feel they can benefit from a little self-discovery before heading off to the traditional classroom setting. While more common in Europe, many students in the U.S. are finding the idea of a gap year intriguing. Taking a gap year makes sense to students who want to spend more time discovering career options and perhaps volunteering or working as an apprentice before committing to a college program. There are organizations that place students around the globe in different gap year opportunities but there are also many low or no-cost, service-oriented programs that offer room and board in exchange for volunteering in schools, agricultural cooperatives or community-based organizations.”
“The second largest debt contributor for New Yorkers is student loans, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed). Student loans come in second only to home mortgages, the New York Fed says, and 10.8 percent of those loans are more than 90 days delinquent or in default. Student loans contribute more debt than either auto loans or credit cards and added $20 billion to U.S. household debt in the third quarter of 2019 in an analysis by Liberty Street Economics, a blog written by Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists.