Odessa College in Texas has an early-college high school on campus, where students can earn a high-school diploma and an associate degree at the same time. The students can earn their associate degrees in several technical areas, including welding and manufacturing, to prepare them for the workforce.
Advances in technology are leading colleges, such as Indiana University, to create career-focused degree programs and add tech skills to existing programs. Cybersecurity programs also are growing in popularity as students seek "tactical and practical skills for the workforce," San Diego State University's Lance Larson says.
The nonprofit Midwest Cyber Center and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment have announced an apprenticeship program to prepare individuals to fill available cybersecurity jobs in the city's metro area. The program will connect candidates with area businesses for the paid 18-month apprenticeships.
About 37% of millennials say they would leave a job if they did not find meaning or purpose in it, according to a recent survey from ManpowerGroup. This attitude differs from previous generations, who found job satisfaction primarily in their paychecks.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, now under consideration in Congress, would give employees the option of extra paid time off or overtime pay. Current law mandates overtime pay for some employees who work more than 40 hours each week.
Telepractice has become an important part of a Washington state school district's speech-language therapy program, writes Peggy Jadack, director of pupil services for the district. In this blog post, she offers several tips for launching telepractice programs.
Lynn Mahaffie, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, has directed postsecondary institutions to accept other forms of information about families' tax returns as part of students' applications for financial aid. The guidance follows a decision by the IRS and US Department of Education to disable an online tool that FAFSA applicants had used to upload tax-return information.
The overall performance of eighth-graders participating in a national assessment of their understanding of music and visual arts largely has remained flat since 2008, according to data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. However, data show a narrowing achievement gap in these subject areas between some student groups.
Individuals who are "digital thinkers" relentlessly push for change, embrace risks, and view data as tools for transparency and growth on their campuses, Joshua Kim writes. Colleges and universities can help their analog institutions move forward by putting these individuals in non-IT leadership roles, Kim writes in this commentary.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans to roll out free, universal prekindergarten for all 3-year-olds by 2021. Plans call for two school districts to begin piloting the program in 2018.