NCAN Conference Series: Can Internships Promote Career Readiness?

This is the third in a series of four blog posts from the National College Access Network (NCAN) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on September 15—17, 2014These posts summarize findings from selected presentations at the NCAN Conference that provide concrete, actionable recommendations for practitioners on the following topics: increasing student awareness of “college match”; increasing STEM awareness and connecting with local businesses; structuring internships to prepare students for the workforce; and supporting first-generation college students.

A Federal Work Study Reform Agenda to Better Serve Low-Income Students.

This report advocates for the updating of the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. According to the report, those without the funds to support themselves in unpaid work after college graduation are at a serious disadvantage in an economy that increasingly demands both a degree and work experience. The report provides recommendations for updating the FWS program including promoting FWS as a career-ready program through expansion of Job Location Development Programs and creating a Career Internship Program within FWS.

Education at A Glance 2014: Highlights

This paper summarizes an extensive range of education statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with specific attention on the topics of school finance, school environment, education levels and student numbers, transition from higher education to the workforce, and the economic and social benefits of education. In addition to providing the data, OECD integrates analyses that identify key education trends and linkages to other relevant OECD resources.


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