Don’t underestimate the power of apprenticeships

“Traditionally it has been assumed that the way to advance to management level in a company is to enter the workforce with a degree or similar qualification. But there are other options, such as internships and traineeships, and perhaps the most well-established – an apprenticeship. CareersPortal.ie defines an apprenticeship as “a programme of formal education and training”, that “combines learning in your place of work, with learning in an education or training centre”.”

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College leaders not confident they can beat new competition

“The majority (86%) of higher ed leaders surveyed expect competition to intensify. While about three-fourths (77%) are worried about existing competitors increasing their market share, about half (52%) expressed concern that national universities will scale into their territory. And one-third (34%) expect competition from startups and alternative education companies.  Private college leaders were warier than their public college counterparts of increasing competition for students and the decline of the traditional-age student population.”

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The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

“A great migration is happening on U.S. college campuses. Ever since the fall of 2008, a lot of students have walked out of English and humanities lectures and into STEM classes, especially computer science and engineering. English majors are down more than a quarter (25.5 percent) since the Great Recession, according to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics. It’s the biggest drop for any major tracked by the center in its annual data and is quite startling, given that college enrollment has jumped in the past decade.”

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The Winding Road From Coal To Code

“Nary a month goes by without an announcement of some new effort to train displaced coal miners to code. The appeal of mixing coal and code is approaching the once dizzying heights of “green jobs.” After all, what better way to address Appalachia’s many challenges and leapfrog to the 21st century than by transforming tens of thousands of coal miners into coders? So policy makers and social entrepreneurs are parroting lines like “we’re not shipping coal out of here anymore; we’re shipping code.” At this point, there may be more such efforts in West Virginia and Kentucky than hardluck stories in Hillbilly Elegy.”

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Program Aims To Place Minorities In Construction Careers

“A program that helps women and minorities in Indianapolis and Gary find jobs in the union construction industry is growing and hopes to expand to other cities in the state. Indiana Plan for Equal Employment is a not-for-profit started in 1970 from a push by President Lyndon B. Johnson to recruit disadvantaged populations into the building trades. It receives public and private funding, including an annual grant from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

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From choosing a major to buying textbooks: 7 ways to save money on college

“As the cost of college climbs, many students have no choice but to rack up piles of debt in an effort to pay for their degrees. But the lower you manage to keep your college costs, the easier it’ll be to keep your student loans to a minimum. Here are a few tactics for saving money on college – and avoiding an unhealthy level of debt in the process. The less money you spend on college, the less likely you are to wind up with an unmanageable level of student debt. It pays to explore your options for lowering your college costs, even if it means making a few adjustments or sacrifices along the way. “

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Community Colleges to Add New Apprenticeships to Work Force

“The nation’s leading association for community colleges is helping its member institutions focus on building more apprenticeship programs and becoming experts for work-force development in their communities. Community colleges were successful at getting more students into college during the last century, Walter Bumphus, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges, said during the group’s 99th annual convention in Orlando this weekend, but more work is required to close racial and economic equity gaps in academic achievement and guaranteeing graduates are employed in well-paying jobs.”

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The best tools and tips for finding a college you can afford, according to a financial aid expert

“With constant news coverage of the $1.6 trillion student-debt crisis and the ways colleges, corporations and politicians propose reducing costs, it’s hard to ignore the fact that college is an expensive investment. There’s an especially dangerous side effect of so much focus on extreme college costs: Some students — often those who are most eligible for financial aid — are scared away from applying to college at all. But the reality is that a college degree is still one of the best ways to get ahead financially. Skipping college could end up costing more in lost wages over time. College costs can be prohibitive in some cases, but there are ways to search for, and apply to, colleges that will be affordable for your family.”

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We thought our son would attend a four-year college. Now it’s our turn to learn

“There are times in your parenting journey when confidence sets in and things hum along smoothly for a while. Then there are days when you lock yourself in your bathroom with a bag of Milano cookies questioning every interaction you’ve ever had with your kids. I spend most of the time somewhere in between, but keep my Milanos close at hand, just in case. These days, I feel like those confident parenting moments are less frequent. Perhaps because my role is shifting as my 17-year-old twin sons are figuring out their next steps.”

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