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Kersten gets message out that terrific careers don’t require a costly four-year degree: Op-ed reaches 28 community newspapers

The Center’s Great Jobs project aims, above all, to get the message to young people and parents that many terrific careers don’t require a costly four-year college degree. In recent weeks, 28 suburban and exurban newspapers have run an op-ed by Katherine Kersten that makes that point concisely. Katherine points out that many families would likely approach their teenagers’ post-secondary planning differently if they knew two key facts: Here’s the first: about 49 percent of young Minnesotans enter a four-year college after high school, but only 22 percent of jobs in our state require a bachelor’s degree or more. In other words, there...

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Why Do Twin Cities Have Lowest Rate of Black Home Ownership In the Country?

The Associated Press has analyzed census data for demographic patterns relating to home ownership. Various conclusions can perhaps be drawn from the data, but what jumps out at you if you live in Minnesota is that the Twin Cities have the lowest rate of African-American home ownership of anywhere in the country. Here is the AP's chart, showing highest and lowest rates of African-American home ownership: The Twin Cities are dead last, by a wide margin, despite the fact that whites in the Twin Cities have one of the highest rates of home ownership. Note, too, that the places where African-Americans...

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AchieveMpls helps students find great jobs that don’t require a four-year degree

Lots of Minnesota companies are looking high and low for skilled welders. They have an ally in AchieveMpls. The mission of AchieveMpls—the strategic non-profit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools—is to ensure the district’s graduates are ready to pursue their best career and post-secondary options. When a student shows an interest in an occupation like welding, its staff connects him or her with professionals in the field, and then assists the student in identifying—and applying to—the optimal training program. In the past, the emphasis has been on getting a two or four-year college degree. But in 2016, AchieveMpls launched an innovative program...

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Great Jobs and a Perfectly Fitting Story

Do you recall the old line about someone looking like “he came from central casting”?  About a person who appears, not merely to be a good fit for a job or expectation, but a perfect fit?  As a metaphor, the adage may be a stretch in describing the connection between a Page One story in the Star Tribune on Wednesday (July 6) and a major American Experiment project, but maybe not. The story was “Shortage of Skilled Workers Squeezing Twin Cities Builders.”  The project is “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree: Good News for Students, Parents, and Employers.”  With the two...

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