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Student Loan Repayment: A Cutting Edge Benefit to Recruit Top Talent

The need to recruit qualified workers is both a top priority and a competitive challenge for businesses today. There is a shortage of highly qualified workers and studies project that this shortage will grow. The Recovery 2020 report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that in the near future: • 65 percent of job vacancies will require some postsecondary education and training • 6 million jobs will require a graduate degree • 13 million jobs will require a baccalaureate degree • 7 million jobs will require an associate’s degree • 5 million ...


One Value of Education is its Impact on Career Progress

Business leaders, educators, policy makers and the general public each have ideas about the value of college education. They may disagree about the value in terms of cost or the final “product” that is produced. Looking at a college education in multiple ways sheds light on its value. The value of education isn’t just to have a degree as an end-product. One value of education is how it relates to workers’ position in the workplace and career progress. The American Association of College and Universities (AACU) reports in


Student Loan Assistance Meets Employer and Employee Needs

The days when employee benefits were health insurance and paid vacation are just a memory. Today businesses offer a wide range of benefits, many that have two important functions: to meet employees’ needs and to differentiate the company from others. A benefit that falls into this category is student loan assistance. Student loan assistance, one of the newest benefits employers offer, helps businesses meet many management and personnel challenges. At the same time it fills the needs of many employees and makes their company a satisfying place to work. ...


Ready to take on Higher Education Completion

Higher education completion is an achievement, a goal or a challenge, depending on a person’s position. People who have achieved this goal are in position to have better job opportunities and greater security than those who have not. For those with some college but no degree there are reasons to look ahead and make college completion part of their game plan. There is a large population of people who have tried but not completed higher education. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center estimated that during the past 20 years more than 30 ...


Skills and Pathways to Good Jobs

The education and skills required for a good job and the pathways to those jobs have changed in recent years. Today the majority of jobs require at least some postsecondary education, compared to the post-World War II decade of the ‘50s. Then most workers in the industrial economy could find a good job with a high school diploma or less. Today there is more than one way to obtain a good job, and the level of education a worker has is a key to the opportunities that are available. Georgetown Center on ...


Tuition Assistance Overcomes Workplace Challenges

Every employer and employee faces workplace challenges. Artificial intelligence and technology eliminate some jobs, create others, and require that workers have new skill sets. Employers need skilled and qualified employees. Employees need to stay abreast of new technology and keep reinventing themselves. Solutions to workplace challenges involve many stakeholders. One group of stakeholders taking on workplace challenges is the National Governors Association. Each year a different governor leads the association, and this year Gov. Steven Bullock of Montana is making workplace challenges and disruption his platform. He is asking ...


Building Motivation for Higher Education Completion

Students often run into two barriers when they are pursuing higher education: lack of program planning and lack of motivation. These barriers to higher education make it difficult for many nontraditional students to persist at a time when that education is extremely important. Degrees are becoming more essential as our economy, businesses and labor demands require more technical skills and a wider knowledge base. The Brooking Institute recently released a report discussing program planning and motivational barriers in terms of community college completion, but these barriers apply to every level of education completion. ...


Workforce and Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Create Value

The competitive edge that propels company growth, increases profitability and retains talent could very easily be built at the core of the company. This edge can be built or strengthened by increasing the diversity and inclusion of the workforce. Increased diversity and inclusion in a company workforce can bring great value to businesses. A diverse work force has the potential to create and deliver a product to a larger market. The insight that comes through a diverse team helps develop a broad, inclusive vision. A diverse workforce will be able to analyze ...


The Impact of Automation on the Labor Market

Last week the World Economic Forum weighed in on the impact of automation on the labor market with its Future of Jobs Report 2018. Like other reports and predictions, this one says that change in the labor market is inevitable: Technology will continue to expand, and both business and workers need to be prepared. More than 75 million jobs could be lost in the next four years as businesses expand their use of automation. However, 133 million new jobs could be created during that time as people learn to ...


Non-degree Credentials Develop Skill Sets

Learning happens in multiple ways. And today there are multiple ways for people to demonstrate the knowledge they have attained and skills they have mastered. Before earning a degree, after earning a degree, or instead of a degree, non-degree credentials are a way for people to validate they have mastered specific skills and attained valuable knowledge. Non-degree credentials are a way for people to demonstrate that they are continuing to learn, can bridge skills gaps and be a valuable asset to their employers. Non-degree certificates, certifications and licenses each show a ...