Career/Tech Education

Helping Communities Prepare Workers

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Report examines key role of 2-year colleges in "career pathways" model of training employees for key local industries.

Profiling the Certificate Student

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They are young, career-oriented and not necessarily in it for personal enrichment, a survey finds.

A City Refills Its Plate

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After losing a popular arts and culinary university, Charleston, S.C., recruits another institution to fill the void.

Another Sector Heard From

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Technical education group offers work force-focused recommendations for improving higher education.

Mixing Theory and Practice on Defense Policy

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A relative newcomer on the Beltway scene, Missouri State's defense and strategic studies program attracts aspiring policy wonks (and hawks).

Dealing With 'Job Outs'

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At first glance, the process seems to be working as intended. Students enter work force development programs looking to begin or jump-start a career. Many are sought after, recruited and leave with a job.

But in some cases, the offers come shortly after the students begin their programs, meaning that they haven’t had a chance to earn a certificate or associate degree. This, educators worry, prevents students from reaching their long term career goals.

Easing the Transition from High School to College

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Minnesota community college hosts a full-fledged high school on its campus, where students take career-oriented courses while earning college credits. The model is catching on.

Working on the Railroad

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New degree program for wind turbine technicians at one Iowa community college has spurred interest in another, catered to railroad employees -- whose industry has seen a renaissance because of the state's "green" boom.

Educating 'Middle-Skill' Workers

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WASHINGTON – To the chagrin of many in technical education, the bachelor’s degree still hogs the spotlight in the minds of most students. Now, days after President Obama challenged the government to assist everyone in attending at least one year of college, many scholars and business leaders are hoping to make a strong public case for the value of the associate degree and work skills credentials.

No Worker Left Behind

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Largest industrial trade association endorses a set of stackable work skills credentials, hoping to prod companies to require them and community colleges to teach them.

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