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The worrisome trend of so many jobs requiring a four-year degree

A person’s ability to enter the workforce and access a successful career path should not be determined solely by the presence or lack of a four-year degree. Degree inflation is a barrier to employment, it disenfranchises qualified, middle-skill workers from communities of color, and it restricts employers’ access to a wider pool of talent. ...

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National Apprenticeship Week: More Important than Most Other Weeks (Not to Mention Days)

National Apprenticeship Week is the real deal, particularly as marked this year by the Washington-based Urban Institute, which under the leadership of economist Robert Lerman, has been an essential voice for a long time conducting scholarly research about apprenticeships and advocating their much larger adoption in the United States....

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What Percentage of Students in Anoka County are Suited for Careers in the Trades?

Pipeline—which stands for “Industry-Based, Employer-Driven Dual-Training Experience”—is a still relatively new program that awards companies up to $150,000 a year to cover expenses “related to an employee’s instruction toward attaining an industry recognized degree, certificate or credential.”  According to the Labor and Industry, 75 employers and nearly 1,000 trainees have recently participated, covering 36 occupations....

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Big Lake High School students learn there is no one path to success

Big Lake Schools 3rd Annual Youth Apprenticeship and Career Fair exposed over 1,400 students in grades 5, 8 and 9-12 to career possibilities that do not require the traditional four-year degree. Held on September 20, the event hosted 38 partners ranging from local manufacturing businesses to health care companies to branches of the U.S. Military....

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