As communities across the country revitalize their local economies with entrepreneurship and small business growth, they often call on community colleges and their partners to provide skilled training, educational services and guidance to build out innovative ideas. Many colleges establish small business incubators to nurture companies through the most challenging start-up stages of development, with an ultimate aim of increasing jobs and revenue in the local community. The development of the VIN recognizes that these services need not depend on a traditional brick-and-mortar facility. Instead the VIN’s new delivery mechanisms include support provided at the business site and hybrid in-person and technology processes. The tools created by the VIN will help community colleges grow entrepreneur talent while offering more flexible delivery to existing small business owners and start-up businesses leaders.
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TIhe National Career Clusters Institute, the Meeder Consulting Group released nine case studies describing in detail how typical middle and high schools can build upon a strong STEM program to create a school-wide STEM culture. The case studies were developed as part of an ongoing project, the STEM Schools Project, which is an effort to document strategies used by schools – public, middle and high schools, as well as a private high school – to implement project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs like Project Lead The Way and move toward a more widespread adoption of STEM teaching and learning across the entire school.
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This report describes the findings of a nationally representative sample of 544 recent high school graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2011. The purpose of this study is to understand how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are faring in the workforce, specifically looking at those individuals who graduated before and during the difficult labor market caused by the Great Recession. The national recession officially began in late 2007 and ended in 2009. However, we classify students graduating from 2006, 2007, and 2008 as “pre-recession” graduates and students graduating in 2009, 2010, and 2011 as “recession” era graduates because the unemployment situation was dire during this entire period, even though economic growth was positive.
Certificates have swelled to become the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S.: Over 1 million are awarded each year. In the context of concerns about rising college costs and student loan debt, certificates, which are cheaper and take less time to complete than college degrees, have become of increasing interest to researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders in higher education. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has written a report to analyze earnings by field of study, sex, race/ethnicity, and program length. One of the most important factors that affects earnings is whether certificate holders work in the same occupational field they studied in. They also analyze the institutions that most commonly award certificates—such as community colleges and for-profit institutions—and the states where certificates are most prevalent and provide the highest earnings returns.
Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) manage the program, which continues to be successful with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies. Since the program's expansion in 1995, over 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Workforce Investment has issued Internet Links for State and Local Employment Projections. State and local employment projections are primarily funded by ETA, while national employment projections are produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment projections are the most frequently-requested type of workforce statistic besides the unemployment rate. Projections are used for career counseling; to plan employment, education and training programs; for economic development and other state or regional planning; as supporting documentation to apply for Federal grants; and for many other purposes.
High Expectations and Strong Supports Yield Postsecondary Success is the second installment of the Forum for Youth Investment's Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series. Learn how YouthBuild Brockton is partnering with Massasoit Community College to move young people from dropout recovery to postsecondary completion. Get the latest research on student supports in higher education and hear from expert Ann Coles, senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
“The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care” highlights effective strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for youth as they age out of the foster care system. The report, published by the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices, touches briefly on comparative outcomes for foster youth and youth in the general population, possible reasons for the differing outcomes, and state strategies to improve prospects for youth in the transition to adulthood. The chapters that follow detail state strategies in the following five areas: education, employment, housing, health care, and relationships. Examples of successful state and local efforts are provided throughout the report.