Education & Work
High-demand jobs, high-cost education
Community colleges often struggle to afford the facilities and instructors needed to educate students for high-demand fields like microelectronics and biotech. More are getting creative.
Income share agreements get a rebrand—and new life
ISAs, once the purview of bootcamps and other for-profits, are starting to take off among state governments and nonprofits under the new name of outcomes-based loans.
Cutting ‘credentials to nowhere’
A Denver-area community college joins the small but growing ranks of institutions who aren’t just adding—but also are cutting—programs to better match labor market demand.
As rural job markets ‘rise,’ colleges face new demands
As the geography of U.S. job growth shifts, community colleges scramble to keep up.
Tackling post-grad success at community colleges
New project of the Aspen Institute and Community College Research Center will work with two-year colleges to improve workforce outcomes.
The workforce is changing. Can community colleges change with it?
Advocates and researchers in education are asking if two-year institutions might transform to reach a fuller potential—serving as community hubs for social and economic mobility.
In Colorado, a snapshot of how the pandemic disrupted college-going patterns in the states
The state not only saw fewer high school graduates heading straight to college—but those who did go were less prepared.
Low pay in ‘helping’ professions creates a moral dilemma for colleges
The pandemic and mounting concerns about equity have colleges questioning whether they can continue to offer certain credentials in low-paying caregiving fields.
Changing the narrative on degree requirements
An ad campaign from Opportunity@Work and the Ad Council will call on employers to drop the "paper ceiling" and hire more skilled workers without four-year degrees.
Work experience isn’t priceless—it’s 40 percent of earnings
New study finds that work experience—especially a good first employer and bold career moves—has an outsized influence on whether low-income workers move up the economic ladder.