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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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