Is a 4-Year Degree for Everyone?

Posted by Marie Murphy on 6/7/18 1:27 PM

In recent years, obtaining a college diploma has become the standard for entering the workforce. However, multiple competing forces within both the education and job market have begun to render this “standard” down to an option for some, but not all.

Recently, the New York Times featured a study on the return on investment of college degrees across different demographics in the United States. The conclusion of those results included that for some people, the economic benefit is not always evident.1 In conjunction with the decline in undergraduate enrollment, down for the sixth year in a row, the value of a four year degree may be lowering.2

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News

News on Unemployment Positive, but Let's Not Celebrate Yet

Posted by Frank Britt on 5/10/18 5:19 PM

More Needs to be Done to Help the Working Class

When the Labor Department released its latest snapshot of the unemployment rate last week, most people sat up and took notice. It’s hard not to note that the unemployment rate of 3.9% is the lowest it has been since 2000, which is a sign that the job market has become even more competitive.

While that number is no doubt positive – as it marks the continuing improvement of the economy – it falls short for us as a cause to celebrate just yet. There remain too many people on the side lines of employment, and even among those working in the tightest labor market in a generation, many are still seeing small wage hikes.

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Topics: Industry News, workforce training

Industry in Review: Employer’s Increase Investment in Training & Development

Posted by Marie Murphy on 4/19/18 4:12 PM

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind for education, edtech, and workforce development, but one story has become increasingly prevalent: More and more companies have continued to invest in employee training, development, and education.

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Topics: Industry News, workforce training

Workforce Participation: A Missing Link in Closing the Skills Gap

Posted by Frank Britt on 4/9/18 3:47 PM

How to Work Together to Encourage – and Better Train – Workers Sitting on the Side Lines of a Full Employment Economy

The Labor Department’s latest monthly jobs report, this one covering March 2018, was out on the street Friday. And frankly, not a lot has changed: the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the sixth consecutive month, and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.6 million, also did not budge much.
 
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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Skills Gap

February Job Report Signals an Even Stronger Reason to Tackle the Skills Gap

Posted by Frank Britt on 3/9/18 3:05 PM

One of the great things about our country is that we are not just defined by what’s happened in the past, we’re also shaped by the possibilities of the future.  So, on a day that is the ultimate definition of the “present,” the monthly release of the Labor Department’s jobs report, I think we should celebrate – but only for a quick moment – the positive numbers and look ahead to what we can all do to make the jobs environment even better in that future we can still invent.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Upskilling, Skills Gap

Heading Towards a Work + Learn Future to Fix “A Nation Upside Down”

Posted by Marie Murphy on 2/22/18 11:51 AM

The Future Skills Summit sponsored by the Institute for the Future was held on February 21-22nd this year to help education and workforce development innovators “get fit for what’s next.” The premise of this year’s summit is the idea of a “work + learn future,” to outmode our current “degree-before-work paradigm” which is not sufficiently serving the job market at large. One of the key contributors to the summit, and the overall theme of work and learn, is Innovate+Educate founder, Jamai Blivin.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, workforce training

The Future of Education: Takeaways from the 2018 LearnLaunch Conference

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 2/9/18 4:45 PM

learnlaunchlogo.jpgLearnLaunch recently held their 6th Across Boundaries”  conference at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Originally held in a large lecture hall at MIT (I was there!), it has grown to 1100+ participants that draws interest on a national and even international scale (this year featured an “international pitch session” with EdTech start-ups from abroad participating). A wide variety of educators, education administrators, entrepreneurs, investor, education companies and technology innovators all come together due to the shared interest in driving innovation to transform learning and increase achievement using digital technologies.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Education, adult learners

Innovating for Academic Achievement: LearnLaunch Institute’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference

Posted by Marie Murphy on 1/25/18 4:07 PM

AcrossBoundariesConferencePenn Foster is thrilled to be attending and speaking at LearnLaunch Institute’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference next week (February 1-2) at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. Last year’s conference welcomed a record number of attendees, numbering over one thousand participants representing thirty-three states. As we near the sixth annual conference, we are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet with so many innovators in the edtech industry.

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Education

Earning the CDA Gold Standard: What This Means for Employers and Students

Posted by Marie Murphy on 1/18/18 8:50 AM

Penn Foster’s Child Development Associate Undergraduate Certificate has recently been awarded the CDA Gold Standard by the Council for Professional Recognition. As a non-profit organization, the Council for Professional Recognition’s mission is to recognize and promote professionals and organizations that are making strides in the early childhood education sector.

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, career certificates

The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

 

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