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Vocational Education

The Global Search for Education: Meet the Minister - From Finland - Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.08.2017 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Professional, highly-trained and highly respected teachers are a key factor in our success: teachers have pedagogical autonomy so they decide by them...

"I Never Imagined Using Dance To Reach Street Kids."

Andy Bryant | Posted 02.03.2017 | Impact
Andy Bryant

It is my great privilege to partner with the two organizations described in the guest post by Rebecca Davis, Executive Director of MindLeaps. It's lau...

7 Wondrous Women: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.27.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

High-achieving women attract far more public criticism than their high-achieving male counterparts. Women are victims of sexual assault 91% of the tim...

What do students think of technical school?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.22.2016 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

We rarely consult with students in the education sector. Generally, adults design the curriculum, regulations, and training environments, occasionally...

Seven Ways to Orchestrate Change: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.17.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Amidst the sounds of bombs dropping in the Middle East one can hear sounds of guitar strings. A band of youth occupy the streets where united together...

I'm with Hillary on Purpose-Driven Education

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
Jane D. Wurwand

When I immigrated to the U.S. from the U.K. back in 1983, I arrived proudly with a beauty school diploma that would let me get licensed in California ...

So Malia is Taking a Gap Year

Andy Braner | Posted 06.28.2016 | College
Andy Braner

Although Gap Years have been around for a long time, America is just waking up to the trend. The fact we are already talking about this issue at the beginning of our formal association is indicative that we will achieve this diversity gap quicker than our formal academy friends.

Pedagogies of Gratitude

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

I am finally sitting in the foundation of my being. An artist-academic-activist, a Black woman who speaks her mind, I have been through hell and back and managed to individuate within an historically white institution.

Be a Job Creator, and Not a Job Seeker

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

Let's not trivialize that pathway to economic security, let's not frown upon it from an elitist view of the four year college gold standard. Let's fund skill set training, support the small business entrepreneurs on our Main Street and revive the memories of what built opportunity for so many.

Hire Learning

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow. By Jeffrey...

Build America Great Again

Garo Gumusyan, AIA | Posted 03.30.2016 | New York
Garo Gumusyan, AIA

New York is an environment where the public isn't told, doesn't know and worse, doesn't care about their government's role in carelessly inflating the cost of living. Which leaves us with a city where the blocks blur together like rest stops on a godforsaken interstate as only chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Chase Bank, Rite Aid and Subway sandwiches can afford to set up shop.

The Global Search for Education: Latin America is Online

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Over 35 percent of Latin American companies say that an inadequately trained workforce is their primary impediment to expansion, versus just 22 perce...

We Need Welders. We Need Philosophers. But Most Importantly, We Need Graduates.

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2016 | Education
David Levin

In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.

Marco Rubio and the Shallow Pit of American Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Politicians like Pat McGrory, Rick Scott and alas, Marco Rubio seem to consider the general pursuit of knowledge not only a waste of time but a waste of taxpayer dollars.

3 Reasons to Skill Up this National Apprenticeship Week

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

President Obama has used the launch of the first National Apprenticeship week to shine the spotlight on the value and opportunity that exists with the...

Back to School, On to Unemployment? Addressing the Global Unemployment Crisis Facing Youth

Faaria Volinski | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Faaria Volinski

It's no coincidence that the Middle East and North Africa region, with the highest unemployment rate in the world, witnessed large-scale social and political unrest in 2011. Youth expressed their chronic dissatisfaction with a society in which they could not participate, contribute, and develop.

Here's Why Obama's Investing Big In A Community College Idea That's Already Working

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Earlier this year, when President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to make community college free for more students, he also proposed inc...

Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

A college degree is not the answer for all people. There is a need to boost vocational training for the U.S. population at large. Better worker training means better services and safety for all Americans. Labor unions like the Teamsters make it happen every day.

'You're Too Smart For That'

Sothy Eng | Posted 08.14.2016 | Education
Sothy Eng

While everyone was busy telling me that I'm too smart for this, I was busy getting ahead. Other people's opinion is none of your business, but it is your responsibility to demonstrate through excellence that your work is something to be valued.

Stimulating the EU Job Market With Greater Third Party Involvement in Vocational Education

Nick Fouche | Posted 07.26.2016 | World
Nick Fouche

Successive advances in information technology within many industries have clearly meant that corresponding business sectors have less recourse these days to that cognitive contribution from 'individual originality' with which only a university preparation was once assumed to equip graduates.

The Power of Disruption

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

The feeling of consistency may appeal to many because it feels safe. But in business at least, staying in the same place and doing the same thing is not safe. In fact it's quite the contrary, it's dangerous.

A Blueprint for a New Madison Park

Jonathan Hasak | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Jonathan Hasak

Many well-intentioned leaders and task forces have attempted to rebuild Madison Park. Before coming up with new reforms, it behooves the new superintendent and the city's leaders to remember that skills have become the global currency of 21st-century economies.

Find Your Next Great Hire... at Community College?

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Nicholas Wyman

Contrary to the lingering popular myth, vocational education is anything but a dead end -- particularly in a world where rapid technological changes demand the continual acquisition of new skills.

The Case for Career and Technical Education

Tom Snyder | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

We need to change our way of thinking about college education. As thousands of recent graduates have discovered, a four-year degree isn't an automatic gateway into the American middle class.

Film Workshop Teaches Movie Making to Adults With Developmental Disabilities

HooplaHa | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact

Inclusion Films is a vocational program designed to provide adults with developmental disabilities entry-level working experience in film production. ...