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Vocational Education

The Case for Career and Technical Education

Tom Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | Impact

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

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

Your Future Is Calling

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Jane D. Wurwand

Big, successful companies are generally running on a proven template, which is flexible only in degrees. A small business, especially when you own it yourself, is another story. You're free to make your own mistakes. That's the risk. The huge plus is that the success belongs to you.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Skills

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Two and a half years ago, inspired by a group of young international students concerned about the relevance of their 21st century education to today's world, I started The Global Search for Education.

Public Education and Job Readiness: Why Is There a Disconnect Between Available Jobs and Qualified Employees?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What employers require from the marketplace aligns neither with the skill-sets of workers from the "old economy" nor with what our educational institutions are creating in terms of the competencies and knowledge bases of their respective graduates.

Public Education and Job Readiness: Where Have All the Jobs Gone?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

To what extent has public education kept pace with the changing requirements of the U.S. labor force in order for the population to be gainfully employed in a variety of these 21st-century pursuits?

Where in the World Is a College-Loan Bubble a Miracle?--Vittana Shows the Way, Part 3 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Why education? You can't take it away. It can't be washed away in a storm or eaten up by inflation. Knowledge and skills can transfer wherever a graduate goes in life.

Where in the World Is a College Loan Bubble a Miracle? -- Vittana Shows the Way, Part 2 of 4

Suzanne Skees | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Suzanne Skees

One hundred million students in the developing world lack access to education, blocked from their dreams by only a few hundred dollars. After graduation, the average Vittana student can earn as much as triple their earning power.

Harnessing 'School as a Service' For Middle-Skills Education

Avi Yashchin | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Avi Yashchin

Highly targeted marketing and analytics, alternative educational delivery methods, efficient administration, and curriculum development tied to workforce needs are all rolled into one turnkey solution that can be implemented in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes to roll out new initiatives.

Joy Resmovits

Why Obama Is Suddenly Starting To Care About Career Education | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

DAYTON, Ohio -- On a gusty, rainy, recent afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sat on stage next to two students, an administrator and a...

Lessons For The US Workforce: Austria's Vocational Education System

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The aspirational goal of a university degree for every student might be tempered by understanding the high level of skills obtained in apprenticeship programs, the job satisfaction and career paths resulting from successful nurturing of skills, and the economic outcomes possible with a well-run VET system.

A Skilled Workers Shortage Is a Great Problem to Have

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

For career and technical education, a skilled workers shortage presents a great opportunity to have renewed and earnest discussions with employers, legislators, post-secondary and K-12 educators.

The Overlooked Solution to the Student Debt Crisis

Avi Yashchin | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Avi Yashchin

We have 17 million Americans with bachelor's degrees doing menial work that doesn't require that level of education. Instead of trying to subsidize the cost of college, the focus should be on rejuvenating vocational education and skill-specific certificate programs.

Skip College, Grab A Hammer

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.18.2013 | Small Business

Recent arguments in favor of skipping college have focused on billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, who both famously dropped out of their ...

Two High School Tracks With Diverging Goals

The Technician | Posted 05.07.2013 | College
The Technician

I'd like to know what McCrory wanted to do when he was entering high school as a teenager. I agree with the General Assembly that the state needs to train workers for technical fields, but education -- in its foundation -- should not be viewed as a means to end of training laborers.

The College Path Is Not the Only One

The Technician | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
The Technician

By Trey Ferguson Not everyone needs a college degree. This is a tough pill for most of us to swallow, due to the educational path we have chosen, b...

Lighting Up the Future of Vocational Education

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifVocational education in America once provided a clear pathway for students to receive essential skills for valuable technical jobs. However, many youth are now lacking in the abilities needed for such positions.

John Celock

Gov. Remains 'Really Excited' About Culture-Change Push | John Celock | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Halfway through his term as chairman of the National Governors Association, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) remains "really excited" about...

Hands On: How to Extend the School Year and Create a More Powerful Workforce

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Brandi Megan Granett

By adding time to the school year, students could be given the chance to explore valuable hands-on training. All students, no matter of their future career, would gain an appreciation of the trades and an understanding of them, which creates a better, more informed, consumer base.

Why Do We Educate Kids?

Glen Lineberry | Posted 10.05.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Sure, we want them to have jobs, and the sooner they're trained for them, the better. But we also need an educated citizenry -- to create the new jobs, raise the next generation, and protect the Republic -- and that's why we have public education.

Teaching Kids to Think

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.19.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Common Core Standards are all the rage, with the whole country headed to a set of national academic standards stressing higher-order thinking and problem solving. CTE is showing us the way.

To Create Jobs, Break The ICE -- Innovate, Collaborate, Educate

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Posted 08.24.2012 | Impact
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

To keep America strong and Americans working, opportunity must flow to everyone. Regions with lower unemployment and greater growth prospects break the ice by finding the connections between innovation, collaboration, and education -- a flow of resources to create, attract, and grow jobs.

Struggling to Launch

Jeff Selingo | Posted 08.15.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

How much responsibility do colleges bear in helping launch the careers of their new graduates?Until recently, not much. Now, prospective students and their parents are increasingly weighing the value of the degree against its cost.

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation: How Do You Feel?

Uloop | Posted 08.08.2012 | College

College or university isn't for everyone and there is nothing wrong with that. Life experience is like the best hands-on education. A traditional fou...