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A weekly newsletter from Paul Fain about connections between education and the American workforce. Get a veteran journalist’s take on what to watch as postsecondary education and job training systems work to better serve lower-income learners and workers.

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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.
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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.
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Issue 42: Cloud credentials

This issue of The Job takes a look at how AWS plans to offer free cloud training to 29M people. Also, microcredentials from 10 big community colleges, new data on credential inflation and opportunity gaps, and a report on the science of working learners.
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Issue 41: Work experience

This issue of The Job features Forage and Podium, two players in the hot experiential learning space. Also, pathways to better jobs for young people, final fall college enrollment data, and a push for certificates by Texas.
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Issue 40: A lost generation

The latest on the pandemic’s impact on children, higher ed’s mounting challenges, and long-term labor shortages. Also, Amazon backs community colleges and new evidence on college majors’ impact on inequity in earnings.
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Issue 38: Starting early

A look at how companies are seeking career pipelines for high school students, including the millions who are being homeschooled. Also, the boom in cannabis credentials and a new potential setback for income-share agreements.
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Issue 37: Vanishing for-profits

A temperature check with the University of Phoenix, which has pared back its offerings and may be poised for a sale. Also, dropping the ban on paying medical assistant students and research on career prep for undergrads.
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Issue 35: Bootcamps grow up

This issue includes a look at bootcamps earning accreditation amid a boom in related offerings by ed-tech companies. Also, why Salesforce is going big with digital badges, and a new study on sub-baccalaureate credentials.