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Report on Apprenticeships and Community Colleges

May 18, 2018

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute explores how community colleges could contribute to expanding apprenticeship opportunities, by playing a "role that would contribute to resolving the current mismatch between what postsecondary institutions produce and what employers need."

"With the right strategies in place, community colleges may be able to provide the widest on-ramp to expanding apprenticeships," conclude the report's co-authors, Mark Schneider, a visiting scholar at AEI who recently joined the U.S. Department of Education, and Jorge Klor de Alva, president of Nexus Research and Policy Center. "However, they add that "community colleges face cultural, organizational and financial challenges in delivering and expanding apprenticeships, including developing relationships with employers, registering programs with the U.S. Department of Labor, and facing potential competition from emerging entities called apprenticeship service providers."

Last week a White House-convened panel released a report on a proposed alternative system to industry-recognized apprenticeships. That report included strong criticism of traditional higher education.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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