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Apprenticeships

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

Moving On From Hacker Schools

Adam Milligan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Huffpost Code
Adam Milligan

The value, and expense of education is a complex subject -- a subject which, particularly in our current economic climate, has been repeatedly addressed by people with more experience in, and knowledge of, higher education.

The Solution of Hacker Schools

Avi Flombaum | Posted 07.23.2014 | Huffpost Code
Avi Flombaum

Adam Milligan wrote a post yesterday called "The Problem with Hacker Schools." In it, he questions the value of programs like Flatiron School, of which I'm the founder and dean.

The Problem With Hacker Schools

Adam Milligan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Huffpost Code
Adam Milligan

The absence of clear alternatives to traditional four-year programs has generated a lot of confusion about what it takes to work effectively in software.

Why Every Politician Should Undertake a Business Apprenticeship

Alex Pirouz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Alex Pirouz

It seems crazy to me that a country should be governed by the least able and most parasitic and why the electorate don't demand that politicians should have at least had some experience of creating a profit-generating enterprise.

Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Peter Smirniotopoulos

What role should K-12 public education play in the job readiness of its graduates? Answering this question first requires addressing the proper role of public 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?

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Apprenticeships are a win-win: They provide workers with sturdy rungs on that ladder of opportunity and employers with the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. And yet they've been an undervalued and underutilized tool in our nation's workforce development arsenal.

City Council Must Not Undermine Minority Opportunities

Bertha Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

A new City Council proposal meant to solidify organized labor's role in local development projects will effectively bar minority- and women-owned businesses from competing for contracts and create new barriers to employment for many residents.

The 3 Vital Steps of the Apprenticeship Phase

Robert Greene | Posted 11.08.2013 | Books
Robert Greene

This is the phase in life in which we finally declare our independence and establish who we are. But for this second education in our lives, so critical to our future success, there are some powerful and essential lessons that we all can benefit from.

The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

The Role Of Apprenticeship Programs In The MENA Region

Curt Rhodes | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Curt Rhodes

The past 10 years in Jordan thousands of disadvantaged youth have been assisted to obtain basic education credentials to access accredited vocational training and improved employment opportunities.

More Bang for the Tax Dollar: Building Schools and Careers in San Diego

Susan Duerksen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Susan Duerksen

Inside a tangle of scaffolding that rises above the modest homes of a south-central San Diego neighborhood, a new energy-efficient school is taking shape.

Why Onshoring High-tech Manufacturing Jobs Makes Economic Sense

Linda Mayer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Linda Mayer

The shift toward electronics and other high-tech products requires different facilities and skill sets than the U.S. employed in its manufacturing heyday. And as a country we need to portray manufacturing as an attractive, stable career.

Economic Reality Marries Age-Old Idea -- Apprenticeships -- With College

| Christopher Connell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. TACOMA, Wash. -- Five-foot-two Jesica Bush exudes confidence, whether she's scribbling not...

Citizen Schools Illinois -- The Struggles and Satisfactions in the Back of the Yards

Jake Oher | Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago
Jake Oher

It was amazing to see my students engaged, taking information they had learned in their apprenticeship programs and applying it to real life examples. Because of this apprenticeship, some students now look at the world in a whole new way.

More Detours Needed on Path to College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

It seems we send some kids off to college because there is nowhere else to put them. The campus is a convenient, if expensive, warehouse.

Invest in Advanced Manufacturing -- Building the Right Skills

Linda Mayer | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Linda Mayer

What can employers do to find the talent they need? If manufacturers are willing to be proactive in developing their workforce, one of the best solutions is an apprenticeship.

Everything I Learned in Life I Didn't Learn in College

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.20.2012 | Small Business
Dylan Kendall

Hollywood Arts used arts-based learning to mainstream homeless and foster care youth over the age of 18. Our goal was, among other things, to prepare our students for higher education and we partnered with the local community college to help facilitate this.

The Apprentice

Kane Sarhan | Posted 09.23.2012 | College
Kane Sarhan

Apprenticeships could be a successful solution for both the American student and economy. As the American economy matures and the demands of the job market change, so must our methods of education.

The Apprentice vs. American Idol

John Zipperer | Posted 06.04.2012 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Once in a while, just a few minutes on the radio encapsulates some very telling features of our culture.



Skip College, Go to Work in a Hot Startup

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.24.2012 | College
Tom Vander Ark

The much vaunted American higher education system coasts on the reputation of the top three dozen schools which themselves gain much of their stature ...

Industrial Policies for Economic Development

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

When a company comes to government, we should have conditions that encourage production to stick in our local economy. We should see a clear public good that raises the standard of living for workers and communities.

PHOTOS: A Bike Means Freedom For South Side Chicago Kids

AP | By MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Each time 15-year-old Reginald Graham builds a bicycle, the process begins with a ritual. He goes to the back room at the shop where he of...