How one company works with colleges and tech firms to bridge the skills gap

” More colleges and universities are partnering with tech companies to offer students training on digital skills that those firms and other employers are asking for. But there can be a gap between what employers want and what colleges provide. That’s something Pathstream, a year-old company based in San Francisco, aims to address.  Pathstream partners with tech companies and colleges to develop certificates for adult learners on subjects like business and data analytics and immersive design. It also hosts the software-based instruction on its platform. ”

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From $18,000 to $85,000, this nonprofit is changing people’s lives with just a year of training

“Pursuit is a nonprofit located in an old zipper factory in Queens. It retrains low-skilled workers with no upfront cost. Fellows that enter the program range from their early 20′s to mid 40′s and come from extremely diverse backgrounds. Pursuit looks for people with the highest need and most potential. Applicants are disqualified if they make over $45,000.”

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5 Alternatives to College for Both Young and Experienced Professionals

“If the crippling, record-high level of student loan debt in the United States is any indication, a four-year college program isn’t always the best or most financially conscientious option for people who want to advance their careers.  For those without impressive savings, but who have the usual social responsibilities and expenses of a 20-year-old, finding the time or money to earn a four-year-degree can be practically impossible. Trust us, we know the fight for career advancement is insanely frustrating, especially if you’re one of the poor saps stuck somewhere between “too young to have enough experience” and “never going to know retirement.” Don’t lose all hope, though, because there are viable options for young and experienced professionals alike. To help you navigate the landscape, we’ve summarized five alternatives to college.”

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Biggest College Regrets

“The experience of going to college has become a cultural ideal; a promise of making important connections, pursuing your passions and mastering key skills. While going to college provides a crucial stepping stone into professional careers for many, it has also become a serious investment for students and families. The college bribery scandal shows just how invested some families are in those shiny college promises. But once it’s all said and done, once you’ve walked across the stage with diploma in hand and set out on the path you’ve chosen, is it odd to feel some type of regret about your schooling? As it turns out, no. The jarring costs of a college degree, the years of commitment and the repercussions that academic choices can have on earnings potential leave many regretting their educational choices.”

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New California College Specializes in Low-Cost Adult Career Training

“To compete with for-profit schools, the California Community Colleges system has created an institution of higher education that will focus on providing students between the ages of 25 and 34 who may be putting education on hold due to adult responsibilities, digital vocational training on their own schedule and pace, according to a Calbright College press release. “

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A look at trends in college and university consolidation since 2016

“The last few years have been tumultuous ones for colleges and universities in the U.S. Increased regulation and reduced enrollment continue to be among several factors contributing to the closure or consolidation of thousands of colleges and campuses around the country. That consolidation also impacted the priorities of ones that remained open. Institutions are adding degrees and certificates in emerging tech fields such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, and dropping low-enrollment programs including some in the liberal arts. They’re also looking online, where they can reach more students with targeted subject matter.”

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What do you think makes your company stand out?

“AlternativesToCollege.com takes a practical point of view. We are not doing anything esoteric. We see market trends and listen to our audiences — people who want and/or need additional education or training or certification…and the educational providers (from traditional colleges and universities to those people who provide specialized programs for HVAC report, construction and contracting work, nursing or software development instruction). It is a multi-billion dollar market that is particularly interesting and important now because of the life-altering effects of debt. Over $1.5TRIILLION in loans outstanding related to higher education. There have to be better ways and we are committed to helping find them.”

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With skills mapping, colleges create a ‘universal language’ to explain value

“When Allison Cleveland-Roberts sought to make sure graduates at the University of South Florida were adequately prepared for today’s job market, she turned to an old resource, with a twist: help wanted ads. Using data aggregated from actual job listings, Cleveland-Roberts was able to present faculty in the 22 mostly liberal arts-based departments she oversees with a list of the skills graduates needed to thrive in a variety of jobs.”

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Amazon, the Marines and community college partner on data training

“For the Marine Corps, the NOVA partnership represents a shift in how training is typically offered. Although it has historically been delivered by the military at their installations, the need for data skills and the opportunity for service members to earn college credit for the work pushed Marines to work with NOVA. “

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Is a College Degree Right for Everyone?

“There is no question that an educated citizenry is an asset to a twenty-first-century democracy such as ours. We live in an era of increasingly complex technology that calls for skill sets and learning unanticipated as recently as a generation ago. Not only are there new fields of endeavor, notably computer sciences, but traditional bodies of knowledge have also grown as well, thanks to ongoing research. For these reasons, there is a growing call for universal taxpayer-funded post-secondary education, i.e. a college degree.”

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