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Vocational Education

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

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2015 | 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 11.13.2015 | 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 11.05.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 09.22.2015 | Politics

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

Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.22.2015 | 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 08.14.2015 | 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 07.28.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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...

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.