Transition: College to Career

U.S. Departments of Education and Labor Announce Availability of $474.5 Million to Strengthen Training Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor aim to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the labor market by designating $474.5 million of funding towards partnerships between community colleges and businesses. The announcement of the funding came April 19, 2013 from Labor Secretary Seth Harris.

Shifting the Focus to College Affordability

Numerous reports and articles have brought attention to the need to increase the numbers of individuals with some form of postsecondary degree or certificate in the U.S. The conversation about this need for more credentials almost always focuses on the national agenda for competitiveness and productivity; it rarely focuses on what this agenda means for individual students. 

Community-Wide College Readiness Initiatives

On March 14, 2013, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform hosted a webinar, College Readiness: A Citywide Commitment, as part the College Readiness Indicator System (CRIS) project. The webinar highlighted community-wide college readiness initiatives in Dallas and Pittsburgh and shared lessons learned in building and sustaining community partnerships.

Math Works

The Math Works materials are part of an online toolkit from Achieve, Inc. that provide resources for policymakers, educators, and other education stakeholders on the importance of rigorous math to postsecondary life. The toolkit includes a series of brochures that illustrate how math is used in a variety of work areas, as well as fact sheets that provide specific arguments as to benefits of high school math on other aspects of life.

Defining A 21st Century Education

This paper from the Center for Public Education is aimed at defining the educational skills needed in the 21st century. The author first outlines how the world is changing and the impacts on work and life. This includes automation of formerly human-performed tasks, globalization of the economy, and restructuring of traditional organizational hierarchies, along with a rapidly changing and more diverse demographic population who have more individual responsibility over their lives.

College for All? The Labor Market for College Educated Workers

This guide addresses the question: "Is the demand for 'college jobs' growing?" The author approaches the question by breaking relevant issues and the research into four areas: 1) evidence on the trajectory of the demand for skill; 2) sources of rising skill needs; 3) are the benefits real; and 4) moving forward. The author concludes that increasing access to higher education is beneficial in "social, civic, and economic terms."

Business-Education Partnerships and College and Career Readiness

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) and the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a Webinar on January 10th, 2013, entitled College and Career Readiness for All Youth: The Role of Businesses. The event focused on business-education partnerships, specifically those aimed at preparing high school-aged youth for college and career.


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