Here’s the latest sweep from the world of education-to-employment, where all the job seekers are above average …
Big thanks to Jake Weissbourd, Higher Education Specialist at Year Up Boston, and Mike Larsson, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Match Beyond, for guest-curating this edition of Learn to Work.
Thought piece: I’ve asked Jake and Mike to tag-team this edition because their partnership is wicked awesome–one of the best things I’ve seen happen for students from low-income families in the Boston area who don’t have an easy path to a college degree and middle-class career. Year Up and Match Beyond have hooked up to get Year Up students & alumni enrolling in Match Beyond’s degree programs — combining Year Up’s expertise in placing low-income young adults into professional careers with Match Beyond’s pioneering approach to degree attainment. Read here for more detail about why it’s such a fruitful and promising collaboration.
Year Up Related
- Three unique and inspiring stories of Year Up alumni, LaSean (graduation speaker) Rebecca (podcast narrator), and Tiana (YouTube spotlight).
- Year Up now has its own section on Forbes. It’s part of our Grads of Life initiative – a multimedia campaign to change employer perceptions of young adults with “atypical resumes”. This Forbes page is dedicated to aggregating content about efforts to close the opportunity divide.
- One highlight is a piece from Year Up’s Founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian about the creation of the program, but the site is filled with other relevant content, with topics ranging from how diversity boosts company performance to how a software company created its own diverse talent pipeline.
All the News That’s Fit to Print
Chronic unemployment of low-income and minority young adults
- The editorial board at the Times underlines the “crisis of minority unemployment” – citing a recent report focused on the young adults of Chicago – where nearly half of black men age 20-24 are out of school and work. What’s particularly tragic is that we know what it takes to reverse this tide – like subsiding work programs – because we’ve done it successfully before. Up to congress to act.
- A pretty jarring chart, outlining the demographic breakdown of employees in tech. Very, very little black, latino, and female representation.
- Cisco is thinking big about the future of tech – with a focus on how to best equip young adults to drive technological change for social good; they’ve launched a “Networking Academy”, which already enrolls over a million students a year.
- JP Morgan’s pledged $250 million to a five-year New Skills at Work initiative, to support smart, demand-driven skills training. Fantastic graphic on page 3.
- Gap has invested deeply in their “This Way Ahead” program – an initiative to get low income young adults into their first jobs. Gap’s CEO, Art Peck, alongside the US Secretary of Education, John B. King, detail why this kind of double bottom line investment is so important.
News in Higher Ed
- A thorough report on trends in community college enrollment and completion data. Noticeable declines in community college and for-profit private university enrollment rates – which both surged during the recession. For-profit’s have shrunk in student enrollment by 13.7% in the last year alone. Report speculates that perhaps as the economy recovers students have left school to join workforce.
- A new report about the UK’s apprentice programs and the challenges that are raised as policy tries to keep up with an increasingly complex employer landscape.
- In their marketing materials, colleges often share their cost of attendance. It turns out, they’re often providing low estimates–which is an especially difficult prospect for low-income students who do not have a safety net to cover these costs. The details are laid out in this Century Foundation report.
- Colleges are definitely considered “great” in the US if they have so many applicants, that they can reject almost all of them. Bill Gates highlights efforts by colleges to accept, and then actually support, students who were not successful in high school.
- The Atlantic collects feedback on President Obama’s record on higher ed from higher ed establishment types. Summary: We didnt get any more money, and you never asked for our advice.
- High school graduation rates are higher than ever. The Atlantic digs into why this has not led to a rise in college going rates.
- In his blog, the Reliquinshment, Neerav Kingsland opens up a discussion about the next steps for the k-12 education reform movement. What happens after graduation? Neerva highlights Match Education’s efforts with Match beyond.
- How do people, without work experience, land that first job? The Feds wade into this issue with increased funding and programs from the Department of Labor and Department of Education.
- Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, shares his thoughts on the coming trends in Higher Education. It’s concise. Sharp. And probably NOT The trends that any other college president would identify.