LSU Online & Continuing Education: Upskilling and re-skilling helps employees and companies alike

“The team at LSU Online & Continuing Education is not only familiar with change … they thrive on it. From providing continuing education programs for more than 95 years to launching fully online degree programs in the last decade, the organization is adept at helping a wide range of non-traditional students improve their lives with flexible and convenient learning opportunities to meet their needs. In the past two years, LSU Online has been busy: increasing enrollment by 64% and doubling the number of programs offered, resulting in more than 40 jobs back to the LSU campus by building a fiscally sustainable infrastructure to support students, faculty and enrollment growth.”

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Pandemic’s New Victim? Free College

“Though they don’t necessarily doom the plans, the financial struggles of states amid the coronavirus pandemic have become a major obstacle to free college proposals from presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. So much so that at least one proponent of free college, Morley Winograd, president of the Campaign for Free College Tuition, acknowledged that the proposals from Sanders and Biden on how to pay for eliminating tuition now are unlikely to happen. The plans “need to be put aside for now,” he said, given the focus on preventing state cuts from sending college tuition soaring.”

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Complementary Organizations Cooperate to Help Students of All Ages Select the Best Education or Training Providers

A new strategic relationship created by two unique organizations, Alternatives to College LLC and SimpliCollege, covers the education and training spectrum by offering guidance to those seeking to advance their skills and credentials. “The services offered to prospective learners by each organization are especially relevant because of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated … Read more

Congress gets a proposal to spend $400 million on creating more apprenticeships

“While the Covid-19 virus was shuttering on-campus classes and emptying dorms at colleges across the U.S., it wasn’t the only education topic under discussion in Congress. Lawmakers were working on solutions to some of higher education’s pressing problems – voting to block a rule from the Department of Education that would have made it more difficult for defrauded borrowers to receive debt relief, for example, and proposing legislation to encourage alternative educational paths after high school.”

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Adult Education Students Can Enter Into Nationally Recognized Auto Apprenticeship Program

“McNeil’s Auto Care Master Automotive Technician Jake Sorensen won the 2019 Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Award last year, and was recently named NAPA-Automotive Service of Excellence National Teacher of the Year. Yet, he didn’t take the direct path to his career success. Sorensen earned his GED thanks to Entrada, Canyons School District’s high school that offers adults educational opportunities to earn a high school diploma, prepare to take the GED test or improve educational skills like math, reading and writing. Even so, Sorensen initially was cautious to help those on the same path.”

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The Next Generation Should Complete an Apprenticeship, Not a Degree

UK cybersecurity is now worth £8.3 billion and is staffed by 43,000 full time employees. However, despite this positive growth, there aren’t enough people to fortify organizations against cybercrime, with the average data breach costing businesses £3 million. In 2018, (ISC)² found the global skills gap had grew by 33%; 65% of firms have a shortage of cyber staff; and that the UK needs to increase its workforce by 291,000 people to plug the gap. Apprenticeships are the answer. The pool of cybersecurity grads is small, partly because university is inaccessible to many, so hiring strategies need to urgently move away from exclusively hiring graduates if we are to deal with this crisis. Opening cybersecurity up to more apprentices will not only create a larger and more diverse workforce; they will also better equip individuals to tackle the modern cyber threat because apprenticeships teach both technical skills and real world knowledge. Any cyber professional will agree that hands on experience and people skills are fundamental when dealing with the biggest vulnerability in any organization: its employees.

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Awarding Credit for Work Experience

“Prior learning assessment credits could greatly benefit community college students, according to a new report from the Association of Community College Trustees. Nearly 70 percent of community college students work while going to college, and about half are 25 and older, according to the report. These students, as well as veterans, would benefit from receiving credits for their past work experiences. Previous research has found that students who received these credits persisted at higher rates and completed their degrees in shorter periods of time than those without these credits.”

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6 alternatives to an expensive undergrad degree, and what exactly to do to avoid massive student debt

“For 17-year-old Simone Spencer, choosing which of the hundreds of colleges across the country to apply to has been pretty easy.  “I’m not applying to private colleges, only public,” she said. “It’s simply because of the tuition costs.”  Like many other Gen Zers, she’s worried about incurring a lot of student debt.  For the class of 2018, the average amount of debt per person was $33,654, according to an analysis of the US Department of Education 2018 data by student loan and refinancing company Credible. “

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Apprenticeship opens doors of opportunity

“A quick glance at online job openings in several lucrative fields in Western Massachusetts shows plenty of “Help Wanted” signs. But matching those who are hiring with those who are fully trained and skilled to meet an employer’s needs can prove challenging. Apprenticeship is a win-win for both employers and individuals who are seeking a new career or opportunity as it provides earn-while-you-learn training for precisely the skills that businesses need.”

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