Reporting on the connections between education and work

Paul Fain

73 posts
A veteran higher education journalist and analyst, Paul focuses on the connections between education and the American workforce.
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Measuring Quality

This issue of The Job looks at how Minnesota is setting the gold standard for defining quality, as states seek to collect more and better data on workforce education programs. Also, many medical assisting certificate programs will fail the new gainful-employment rule. What’s the solution for this low-paying profession?
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Curating a match

In this issue of The Job a Colorado nonprofit seeks to bridge the gap between jobseekers and employers. Also, an analysis of new federal data on the payoff of college programs and hints about what an emerging ROI tool might measure.
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Could intermediaries be the key to making apprenticeships take off?

This issue of The Job looks at a new group's push for funding of intermediaries that help set up and run apprenticeships. Also, an employer-backed project on “durable” skills, which could boost skills-based hiring, and a key Democrat budges on the fight over for-profits accessing Pell Grants for short-term programs.
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A new way to measure durable skills

America Succeeds has joined up with CompTIA to create a new assessment for skills like critical thinking and communication. We talked to Tim Taylor, the nonprofit’s president, about how this new tool can help make skills-based hiring a reality.
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The failure of vouchers in workforce training

This issue of The Job looks at a new analysis of the fragmented WIOA job training system and its 75K eligible programs, and a call to move away from voucher-style funding. Also, what information adult learners of color want on college programs.
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