Rethinking the Mission: Community Colleges and Workforce Education

Key Points Among the education providers in a position to help close the middle-skills gap—unmet demand for workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree—community colleges may be the only institution with the reach and scale to make the difference that’s needed. Existing incentives—state and federal metrics, pressures from […]

Nike builds ‘soft skills’ in Oregon high schoolers with investment in AVID

Nike is one of several private-sector companies featured in a new report about building “soft skills” in the next generation of professionals. A recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and global nonprofit AVID (advancement via individual determination) revealed that businesses are increasingly coming up short when looking for young, entry-level employees with the “soft skills” […]

CTE Done Right Should Serve Both College-Bound and Career-Focused Students

Career and technical education — in decades past a way to steer some students into poor-quality training for a trade instead of college — in its more current version can now boost high school graduation rates and give students essential skills before college. A good CTE program can be aimed at students who aren’t interested in going […]

Apprenticeship: An answer to Minnesota’s skills gap

Across Minnesota, employers are worried about the shortage of job candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to enter high-demand occupations. For more and more employers, the answer to addressing this skills gap is to use the centuries-old apprenticeship training system that combines on-the-job learning with formal classroom instruction to train workers for today’s more […]