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K-12 teachers learn about manufacturing jobs

North Carolina teachers toured manufacturing plants and learned that advanced manufacturing jobs require high-tech skills and pay as well or better than many jobs that require a bachelor’s degree. Jobs also require the ability to work in teams, follow directions and read well, teachers were told. Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) and the Triangle South […]

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Tech credentials pay for low-income students

Vocational certificates and associate degrees in health, transportation, construction, manufacturing and security lead to relatively high pay for disadvantaged students and low-scoring high-schoolers in Florida, concludes a new Calder working paper. Low achievement in high school accounts for much of disadvantaged students’ problems in postsecondary programs and in the workforce, the study found. Earnings for […]

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Tennessee: Certificate holders out-earn 4-year grads

Tennessee workers with associate degrees and long- term certificates often start at higher wages than four-year graduates, according to a new College Measures study. It takes five years for graduates with bachelor’s degrees to catch up. “You don’t need to go to a flagship university to get a good job. There are many successful paths […]

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High hopes, long odds

Vladimir de Jesus hopes to teach art, but has flunked remedial math three times. Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation writes Gina Bellafante in a New York Times profile of a student at New York City’s La Guardia Community College. Vladimir de Jesus enrolled in September 2008, left after the first semester […]

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Major decisions: What graduates earn

The average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree will earn $1.19 million over a lifetime, compared to $855,000 for an associate degree holder and $580,000 for a worker with only a high school degree, estimates The Hamilton Project.  But the choice of a college major makes a huge difference in earnings. Overall, more-educated people earn […]

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Nearly 23,000 sign up for Tennessee Promise

Nearly 23,000 students have registered for the Tennessee Promise, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal Gov. Bill Haslam’s program covers full tuition at the state’s community and technical colleges for any high school graduate. The free tuition offer is part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” plan to improve the state’s graduation rates from the current 32 […]

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More graduates are working less

Recent college graduates are having trouble finding jobs in this economy, reports Reason‘s Hit& Run.

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Is sustainability still in bloom?

The sustainability fervor has cooled on campus, reports Community College Daily. Community colleges developed job training programs in “green” energy.  However, some have been retooled when graduates couldn’t find jobs. Colleges also retrofitted old buildings with energy-saving technology and built “green” buildings. “I don’t think [green] has become less popular, but some other priorities have […]

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Career-minded students seek competency degrees

Career-minded adults are turning to “competency-based” degrees, reports U.S. News.  Online programs that award credits for mastery of skills and knowledge can provide a faster, cheaper route to a degree. President Barack Obama is a fan of the idea. “If you’re learning the material faster, you can finish faster,” he said in a speech last […]

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Learning and working at the factory

Robots make the cars at Toyota’s Kentucky manufacturing plant, but human technicians are needed to maintain and fix the robots. Unable to find enough skilled workers, Toyota has partnered with Bluegrass Community and Technical College to train advanced manufacturing technicians, reports American RadioWorks. Toyota and other Kentucky-based manufacturers sponsor the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. […]

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