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Construction Career Pathways: “Looking for the road to success? Build it yourself.”

Thanks to Construction Career Pathways (CCP) and its partnering programs, Minnesota’s youth can begin exploring successful career opportunities in construction as early as middle school, develop skills through a registered apprenticeship program in high school, and conclude with a rock-solid career in the building trades. [Photo Source: CCP]...

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TwinWest Chamber of Commerce event connects leaders on talent & workforce issues

Minnesota’s workforce reality requires increased talent recruitment and retention to tackle a worker shortage expected to explode the number of unfilled technical positions from the current 60,000 to 239,000 by the end of 2022. Nearly 300 business leaders, educators, and community members gathered to share strategies and initiatives to meet the state’s short and long-term talent needs at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Symposium on September 19....

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Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz Share Very Similar Pages Regarding “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree”

One of the more important, if obvious ideas Katherine Kersten, Catrin Thorman, and I have had reinforced in working on “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” is that if a state is going to make innovative progress in generating the kinds of training opportunities and jobs that enable individuals and businesses to overcome skills gaps and prosper, a governor’s high-profile and enthusiastic support is not just a good idea, it’s essential. ...

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Big Lake Students Explore Apprenticeships During Career Fair

Students at Big Lake Schools were introduced to apprenticeships and other career-focused opportunities through the high school’s annual Youth Apprenticeship Career Fair on September 20. Twenty-nine local businesses, companies and institutions set up booths with materials and hands-on stations to help students explore career possibilities that do not require a traditional four-year degree....

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Nuances of College Debt

As an integral part of American Experiment’s multi-year project, “Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree,” my colleagues Katherine Kersten, Catrin Thorman, and I have written a lot about how college debt poses major problems for many young, and not-so-young men and women—and quite often for their parents. What we’ve reported is quite true, though not necessarily as detailed or nuanced as fuller treatments would allow. Let me catch up and add some detail and nuance to the issue by drawing from a book of mine to be published in early 2019, Education Roads Less Traveled: Solving America’s Fixation on Four-Year Degrees,...

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Employers reach out to people with disabilities

Minnesota’s workforce shortages are encouraging employers to reach out to a previously often-overlooked group—people with disabilities. A recent MinnPost article highlights the success of Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), a nonprofit that, for more than 50 years, has helped people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities find opportunities to participate in the labor market....

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Learning from 26 Million Job Postings

Two members of the Harvard Business School faculty, Joseph B. Fuller and Manjari Raman, write about a four-year degree inflation problem in a 2017 report, "Dismissed by Degrees: How Degree Inflation is Undermining U.S. Competitiveness and Hurting America’s Middle Class." It challenges the idea that employers are as willing to hire men and women with credentials other than four-year degrees as my American Experiment colleagues and I contend they are. ...

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“Any Chance of Paying Off Your College Loans by Your Silver Anniversary?”

In doing research for a new book inspired by Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, I recently conducted a roundtable with five young adults at which we talked about a variety of issues, including the potential toll of college debt.  Or, more precisely, we discussed how sizable college debt might affect whether people become romantically involved with one another and possibly marry.  The conversation at one point turned to dating services, which prompted a participant to propose a new online profile question: “How much college debt do you have?”...

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