Detroit’s New Culinary Institute Is Part Apprenticeship, Part Online Education

“Detroit’s restaurant explosion during the past 10 years brought with it a demand for a trained workforce in the culinary arts that Detroit has struggled to satisfy. The Detroit Institute of Gastronomy is a new organization aiming to provide a quality education for students with little or no experience in professional kitchens. Chefs Jeremy Abbey and John Piazza took their combined 50 years of experience in the culinary world to help train the next generation of chefs and restauranteurs. The institute’s goal is to provide their students with ”hands on” experience, as apprentices, working in restaurant kitchens with their mentors while taking classes online. “

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When they decide not to go back

“First step: try not to freak out. Second step: listen and validate. Third step: have a plan!   When the college student you’re so proud of drops the “I have decided I’m not going back to school” bomb, there are a lot of ways you can respond.  Notice how I didn’t say ‘react?’  If you react, it will most likely come from a deep-seeded place filled with subconscious beliefs and values.  Shock, frustration, disappointment, shame, and indifference are only a couple responses you might have.  Although you may be feeling all of these, for the sake of your young adult’s well-being, please keep them to yourself.   Freaking out will only create a traumatic moment in your relationship and send them down a shame spiral that may feel temporarily hopeless in getting out of.  No matter how much emphasis you put on education, right in this moment you’ve got to let that go.”

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Report: Shrinking share of adults thinks college is ‘important’

“Researchers and college administrators have been ringing alarm bells for several years following studies that show the public’s confidence in higher ed has fallen. One of the most startling examples of this rapidly declining trust came in July 2017, when the Pew Research Center published a poll showing that 58% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents viewed higher ed as having a negative influence on the country. About 72% of Democrats or Democrat-aligned respondents believed higher ed was a positive force in the U.S.”

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College Is So Expensive That Students Are Going Hungry

“It’s no secret that college is an expensive prospect. With the average yearly cost of tuition ranging from $10,440 for a four-year, in-state public college to a staggering $36,880 for a four-year private school, countless students are stretching themselves thin financially to swing an education. But a survey released earlier this year by Temple University revealed a potentially shocking statistic: 45% of students from more than 100 academic institutions had experienced food insecurity during the 30-day period leading up to the study. And that’s disturbing on many levels.”

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Lack of city tech apprenticeships hurts New Yorkers: report

“As Amazon, Facebook and Google lead a tech boom in the city, a new report points to apprenticeships—long a recruiting tool of the building trades—as a way to allow more New Yorkers to benefit from digital jobs while ensuring the city has the talent employers need. The problem, according to the Center for an Urban Future report, is there are just not enough options available for would-be apprentices. There were fewer than 15 apprentice programs active in the city this year, serving just a few dozen New Yorkers.”

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Pharmacy apprenticeships paused again to address ‘misconceptions’

“Development of a proposed pharmacy degree apprenticeship has been paused for a second time to allow “misconceptions” to be addressed, according to a statement issued on behalf of the trailblazer group behind the proposals. The group, which is made up of pharmacy employers, including Boots, LloydsPharmacy, Rowlands and Well, held a meeting in December 2019 to discuss progress on a second set of proposals for a pharmacy degree apprenticeship, after the initial process was halted in May 2019.”

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‘It’s not just for trades anymore’: How apprenticeships have taken off in Iowa

“Iowa boasts the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 2.6% as of October 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But with a shortage of qualified, available workers, job growth stalls. So Iowa has turned to apprenticeship programming to upskill workers and help the business meet demand.

Seeing value in registered apprenticeship programs managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the state views apprenticeships as a worthwhile workforce tool, according to Jill Lippincott, project manager with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. In 2014, the state enacted the Iowa Apprenticeship Act, providing $3 million in funding annually”

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Bipartisan legislation passed to help with veteran apprenticeship programs

“Legislation to help veterans gain better access to apprenticeship programs has been unanimously passed by the US Senate this week. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) and Gary Peters (D-MI).  The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act is meant to increase veterans’ access to financial assistance they can use in connection with an apprenticeship program. “Our nations’ returning heroes deserve every opportunity to pursue their professional dreams after their service,” Peters said.”

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The real world won’t care where your child went to college

“At this time of year, high school seniors everywhere are neck-deep in the college admissions process. A friend of mine (a dean of college counseling at a prestigious New England prep school) recently said to me, “Seniors have exactly three things on their minds right now: today, tomorrow, and college applications.” It’s true. The obsession in this country with college admissions is very real, and the pressure to “get in” is overwhelming. Students run themselves ragged chasing test scores, taking AP courses, dominating at sports, participating in student organizations, getting straight As – whatever it takes to prove their “worth.” Meanwhile, parents compound the anxiety by voicing strong opinions, pushing their child toward certain schools or even taking more drastic actions (hello, college admissions scandal).”

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5 mistakes service members make when going back to school

“Choosing to serve in the military was an easy decision. Deciding what you want to do with your life can feel a little more daunting. Selecting a university and a program that’s right for you feels downright overwhelming. You know you can always go back to your hometown and get an entry level job in your mom’s / dad’s business; or, you might really want to pick a school that actually has a chance at winning some sort of bowl game and sells their fan gear on Amazon. Not to completely rule those out, as some of them have amazing programs, but shouldn’t you put some thought into finding a right-fit school for you? “

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