A weekly newsletter from Paul Fain about connections between education and the American workforce. Get a veteran journalist’s take on what to watch as postsecondary education and job training systems work to better serve lower-income learners and workers.
Big tech companies announced new collaborations with community colleges and other open-access institutions in the past week—and the companies increasingly are putting real money and support behind those partnerships.
Perhaps students will return to community colleges when things settle down. But if preliminary fall enrollment numbers hold up, the sector would be down 14 percent over two years—the largest collapse in a half century.
All four-year colleges should have a strategic plan to integrate career education, one associate vice provost said. "Workforce needs and the future of work require nimble and rapid adjustments to strategies and approaches.”
Amazon last week joined Walmart and Target in offering free college as a benefit to its 750,000 front-line employees in the U.S. Like its fellow retail giants, Amazon views college benefits as a crucial hiring and retention tool.