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Workplace Technology Requires Education

No one can deny that workplace technology has impacted the workforce. Technology workers are in high demand, and employees in other fields must acquire skills and knowledge to be able to work with new technology as it changes their jobs. Among the demands on American workers one of the most important may be to continually acquire new skills as the workplace continues to change. Consider the need for technology workers as an example. The United States led the first stage of internet development from 1995-2007 and the second stage of growth and ...


Career and Academic Counseling Address Workforce Needs

Career and academic counseling are becoming an increasingly important components of a tuition assistance program. Businesses need to hire workers with the right education and talents to close the skills gap. Workers need to prepare themselves for a workplace that is continually evolving and demanding new knowledge. Neither of these is an easy task. There has been rapid change in both education and occupations. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce report Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers shows how both education and occupation opportunities have ...


Assessing the Progress Towards Education Goals

At the end of the Great Recession both the US government and Lumina Foundation set education goals for the country that could help create a stronger workforce, assist the economic recovery efforts, and ultimately create a stronger economy. The US Government’s Postsecondary Degree Completion Goal is that by 2020, 60 percent of the US population age 25-34 would have an associate’s degree or higher. Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 is broader. It is that by 2025, 60 percent of the US population age 25-64 would have a high quality post-secondary ...


Tuition Assistance for Part-time Students is a Good Investment

Nontraditional, part-time students are a large part of the higher education student population today. National Center for Education statistics show that part-time students are different from full-time students in several ways that can create financial difficulties. • 62 percent of part-time students go to two-year schools compared to 25 percent of full-time students • 64 percent of part-time students are age 24 or over compared to 34 percent of full-time students • 71 percent of part-time students are on their own financially compared to 41 percent of full-time students • 42 percent of part-time students work 40 or ...


Higher Education Student Demographics Show Wide Variety

Welcome to the new school year. Whether you are a student just starting out, or an employer whose employees are heading back to school, you are in good company. Higher education student demographics show that many nontraditional students share similar, lifestyles, obstacles and opportunities. Today’s higher education student demographics are wide, varied and very inclusive. It’s clear that in higher education today, everybody belongs. Kim Cook, the executive director of the National College Access Network, an organization that works to improve college access, says that a few decades ago ...


Higher Education Brings Career Satisfaction

Career satisfaction for many American workers is clearly linked to plans to pursue higher education. Whether American workers are considering their current position, future options in their career path, or personal fulfillment, it’s clear that job satisfaction and higher education are two sides of the same coin for many Americans. A recent Harris Poll of more than a thousand American Workers, conducted for University of Phoenix, clearly illustrates the connection between career satisfaction and plans to pursue higher education. The survey showed that only: • 38 percent of American workers are very satisfied ...


Varied Options Offer Access to Higher Education

It is a generally accepted fact that the more education a person has the greater their chance of economic well-being. There also is a reality that not everyone has broad or easy access to higher education. Multiple proposals and solutions to improve access to higher education are proof that this issue affects many people and demands solutions. Whether the idea of free college is practical or not, it’s clear that there is urgency behind the need for more people to access and attain higher education. The July U.S. Congress Joint ...


Technology Creates Production and Workforce Change

As far back as 500 BCE the Greek philosopher Heracitus said change is the only thing that is constant. Technology is one of the major influences bringing about continual, if not constant, workforce change. It impacts the products and services that are delivered, how these products are created developed, and the skills that workers need to have. Today, everyone connected to the workforce can see that technology is a major influence in causing change in the marketplace. CompTIA reports that 74 percent of businesses say technology is a primary factor ...


Higher Education means Good Jobs

Having a good job generally means having meaningful work that pays well. It also increasingly means post-secondary education. This week JPMorgan Chase and the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce released Good Jobs that Pay without a BA, a report that shows the relationship between education levels and economic return. Good Jobs aren’t just about the money, but in this report Chase and Georgetown CEW focus on work opportunity and reward. The Good Jobs report defines a good job as one that pays $35,000 as the minimum earnings ...


Navigating the Postsecondary Maze of Alternative Credentials

Reaching the end goal of post-secondary education is like going through a maze. Turn one way for a four-year degree and another for alternative credentials. But the path for alternative credentials isn’t straight – there are turns for certificates, certifications, and licenses. The best way through the maze for nontraditional students is to understand how they fit into the student population along with the types and purposes of alternative credentials. When defining nontraditional students, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report A Primer on the College ...