Maybe you look back fondly on your Scouting days, when you sold cookies instead of stocks and trudged through the woods instead of piles of paperwork. Maybe you still have a soft spot for that little sash covered in all the badges you earned over the years. Or, perhaps you have long since repressed those memories. Either way, badges are no longer a thing of the past. Mozilla’s online initiative to recognize and verify learning, Open Badges, is gaining popularity and support across the country.
What if I told you there are programs available to public high school students that would allow them to complete two years of college while working towards their high school diploma? What if I also said that these students have 98%–100% high school graduation rates and 87% associates’ degree attainment rates? In addition, 96% of those students who go on to achieve a bachelor’s degree recieve one within six years, compared to the national average of only 58%.
The U.S. manufacturing sector is more productive than ever, yet it is continually confronted with the challenge of finding technically trained people to work on its modern equipment. Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc. is no different. Last year, Caterpillar’s Sanford, North Carolina Fabrication Facility (part of the company’s Building and Construction Products Division) partnered with Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Lee County Schools, and the N.C. Department of Labor to address the need of building a pipeline of skilled welders at the facility.
Based in Los Gatos, California, Encore is an online education startup seeking to reform education and expand employment opportunities.
ETS has partnered with the ASPIRA Association to encourage private-sector companies to offer scholarships and internships to identify and prepare talented Hispanic college students for future workforce needs.