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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.
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.
New breed of accreditors aims to hold colleges ‘to task’ for economic gains
This issue of The Job looks at the Postsecondary Commission, which brings a focus on careers to its bid to become a gatekeeper for federal aid. Also, new workforce success standards from WTEA, which also seeks to become an accreditor.
Competency-based education takes off at nursing colleges
This issue of The Job looks at nursing colleges' transition to competency-based education, which experts say creates clarity for students and could help curb staffing shortages. Also, new research on work-based learning.
As economic anxiety settles in, students cast a wider net to find jobs
This issue of The Job takes a deep look at Handshake's labor market scans, which track which industries are hiring, for what roles, and how students are applying for jobs. Also, a look at connections between career prep and student engagement.
Betting big on tech apprenticeships
Bootcamp pioneer General Assembly bets on tech apprenticeships, with two-year programs heavy on mentoring. Also, Grand Valley State partners with five employers on a novel form of co-op.
Republican’s unveil short-term Pell proposal
This issue of The Job looks at the earnings threshold in the new short-term Pell proposal from House Republicans. Also, survey data on job changers and online training, and a digital learning collaboration between Arizona State University and the U of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Training for jobs that companies ‘really need’
This issue of The Job looks at a Charlotte-based tech-training provider offering stipends and jobs with its corporate partners, while another startup upskills hospital workers. Also, more on outcomes-based loans and a foundation backs partnerships between community colleges and employers.
How online training can ease healthcare demands
This issue of The Job looks at growing interest in online training for medical certifications and a private university that’s offering credit for MedCerts and other microcredentials. Also, an in-depth look at outcomes-based loans and how online learning may be fueling dual enrollment.
Could one-year apprenticeships become a thing in tech?
This issue of The Job looks at new “turnkey” registered apprenticeships from YUPRO and OpenClassrooms, featuring online learning and employer access to a diverse hiring pool.