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Work Shift Explainer: New pathways in tech

In this explainer series, we make sense of the fast-moving world of education and training for tech careers—from evolving degree programs to fast-growing apprenticeships. We look at what's happening, who's paying, and who benefits.


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Latest issues

Issue 52: Time poverty

This issue of The Job looks at whether frontline workers have enough time to use their free college benefits. Also, free Big Tech certificates for 200K learners and a call for intentional design around skills-based hiring.

Issue 51: Course sharing

This issue of The Job looks at community colleges seeing efficiency and enrollment gains with online course sharing. Also, understanding and improving certifications, N.C.’s priority credential list, and training for tech jobs.