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Why Automation Sometimes Races But More Often Chugs

Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is a study by McKinsey & Company, released in 2017, that examines work around the world “that can be automated through 2030 and jobs that may be created in the same period." McKinsey’s “scenarios” suggest that by 2030, somewhere between 75 million to 375 million workers, which will be three to 14 percent of the worldwide workforce, will “need to switch occupational categories.”...

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Big Lake High School’s Apprenticeship Program Provides Students With Career Options

[Photo Source: Big Lake Schools] “Signing Day” has taken on a whole new meaning at Big Lake High School in Big Lake, Minnesota. Under the leadership of Principal Bob Dockendorf, high school juniors and seniors put pen to paper to announce where they will be starting an apprenticeship. Youth Apprentice Signing Day is part of the high school’s Youth Apprenticeship program. The program is coordinated with Wright Technical Center and provides career advancement opportunities to high school juniors and seniors and pays them to learn highly technical skills from a trained worksite mentor. Participants are exposed to a wide variety...

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One Year Alternatives to College: Educational institutions for the “digital age”

Students who want to avoid college debt, while developing highly prized job skills, are increasingly turning to a new sort of educational institution—one that bills itself as a “college alternative for the digital age.” In a year or less, these schools train students in in-demand skills that lead to well-paying high-tech jobs. Students generally leave the program debt-free. They pay a low tuition either using money they earn during apprenticeships or from earnings after they obtain a job....

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MCTC helping undecided students figure out their course of action

Minnesota faces a looming shortage of skilled workers, and we look increasingly to our community and technical colleges to help solve it. But here’s a big problem: Many first-year students enter college without any clear idea of what they want to do. They need a lot of help to figure that out—and if they don’t get it, they are likely to drop out. That’s a huge loss to the students themselves and to the employers who need the talents they bring....

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