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U Utah Launches Studio for Accelerating Go-to-Market for Campus-Created Software

The University of Utah has launched a new division for commercializing software created at the campus. Summit Venture Studio is a creation of UU's Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology Center.

Georgetown Center on Ed and Workforce Launches Research Library

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce has launched a research repository where 650 different resources are freely available.

Now Is the Time to Better Support Adult Learners in Higher Education

Institutions that invest in Prior Learning Assessment can boost degree completion rates, help prepare students for the workforce and narrow the educational equity gap.

Intel Unveils First AI Incubator Lab

Intel's AI for Workforce program, an effort to promote workforce skills in artificial intelligence through partnerships with community colleges, governments and other organizations, has announced its first AI incubator lab.

College Students Overestimate Importance of Major Selection for Job Prospects

While the majority of college students in a recent survey believe their major selection is a key determinant of future job prospects, only 50 percent of employers analyzed in the study specified a major requirement for job listings.

Video Wall Showcases Student Success at Fayetteville State University

North Carolina's Fayetteville State University recently unveiled a video wall in its Rudolph Jones Student Center that highlights successful student internships and post-graduate employment.

YouScience Expands College and Career Readiness Solutions with NC3T Acquisition

Aptitude assessment and CTE solutions provider YouScience has acquired the National Center for College and Career Transitions, or NC3T, expanding YouScience’s ability to help students find and prepare for the career and college options that best fit their interests and abilities, according to a news announcement.

Idaho Taps AWS to Train Cloud-Ready Workforce

A statewide initiative in Idaho aims to train and certify 2,000 Idahoans in cloud computing over the next two years.

Tulsa CC Program Aims to Expand and Diversify IT Workforce

Tulsa Community College (TCC) is teaming up with the CompTIA Apprenticeships for Tech program in an effort to increase the number of skilled information technology workers in Oklahoma and expand IT career opportunities to underrepresented populations.

Universities Partner on Industry-Focused Research Center

With the goal of boosting engineering research in the United States, Oakland University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville have joined forces to build a collaborative research center focused on composite and hybrid materials interfacing.

Curricular/Co-Curricular Connections ... Finding the 'And' that Benefits Students' Future Careers

A new program at Beloit College called Channels is encouraging students to explore the connections between their curricular agendas and their co-curricular learning and passions — ultimately benefitting their future careers.

Ohio Colleges Push Union Members to Finish 4-Year Degrees

Two schools in Ohio have teamed up to help union members obtain bachelor’s degrees. In a new program called "CSU Career Plus+," Central State University is working with Eastern Gateway Community College to help graduates of the two-year college who are also members of the AFL-CIO finish their four-year degrees in online classes.

University of Central Florida and SkillStorm Partner to Expand Access to Tech Credential Courses

Research school University of Central Florida (UCF) has announced a partnership with SkillStorm to make courses available that will qualify students to earn the credentials necessary to work for major tech employers.

How WGU Is Filling the Skills Gap

Western Governors University is known for innovation in pursuit of student success. Its latest initiative takes that out of school and deep into the hiring process.

Study Identifies Gaps Between Students' Aptitudes and Their Career Interests

A YouScience assessment of 238K high-schoolers reveals a need to erase the career "exposure gap" and calls for policy-makers and industry and education leaders to re-engage students through learning relevance.

State College of Florida and Flatiron School Team Up to Offer Software Engineering Bootcamps

Flatiron School, which trains students in 21st-century skills with courses in software engineering, data science, cybersecurity, and product design, is partnering with State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and its Coding Academy to launch several 24-week software engineering bootcamps for SCF students starting in early 2022.

Clemson U Expands SAS Partnership to Deploy Data Science and Analytics Software for Teaching and Research

Clemson University is teaming up with data analytics company SAS to help build students' AI and analytics skills as well as support academic research.

Google Partners with 4 Universities to Offer First-Ever Specializations to Complement Its Career Certificates

Google announced it is partnering with Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, and the University of Illinois' Gies College of Business to offer new industry specializations in growing fields to complement its Google Career Certificates.

UCLA Extension Debuts Immersive Online Certificate Programs

UCLA Extension, the continuing education division of the University of California, Los Angeles, is introducing 11 fully online certificate programs that immerse students in the same resources and collaboration opportunities as the school's in-person classes.

New College Alliance Hopes to Connect Students with Experiential Learning

A new network of colleges and universities is working together to connect students and recent graduates to "meaningful experiential learning opportunities and projects contributed by alumni, families, corporate partners and supporters."

Competency-Led Hiring on the Rise

Employers are increasingly considering competencies — rather than degrees — as the most important factor in hiring, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

New Olin Program Cements Bond Between Companies and Engineering Students

The Olin College of Engineering has launched "Premier Recruitment Partners," a program inviting companies to "build stronger connections" with their students long before graduation.

Nevada Partners with AWS on Statewide Initiative to Provide Cloud Computing Education and Certifications

The State of Nevada has embarked on a strategic plan to train, upskill and certify 2,500 Nevadans in cloud computing over the next three years.

Arkansas Program Uses VR for Career Exploration

A statewide initiative in Arkansas is using virtual reality to help residents explore technical career paths and training options.

Industry Partnership Adds Certification Training to University Curriculum

Students at Gannon University can now receive industry certification in networking technology as they complete their coursework, thanks to a partnership with Extreme Networks.

Digital Promise Project to Promote Equity in Learning and Employment Records

Digital Promise, a nonprofit focused on closing the digital skills gap, is embarking on an effort to design and communicate the value of more equitable Learning and Employment Records (LERs).

Kentucky Community & Technical College System Closing the Gap Between Education and Work

The Kentucky Community & Technical College System has launched a year-long effort to revamp its educational model and better provide students with the skills and knowledge they need for the workforce.

U Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Partners with Helios Consulting to Offer Rise Apprenticeship Program

The University of Minnesota (UMN)'s College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has announced a partnership with Helios Consulting to offer graduates a chance to gain human resource technology skills through paid employment and training in its Rise Program, an apprenticeship designed to prepare students for a career in the Workday ecosystem.

3 Ways to Future-Proof Your University

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on higher education. Here's how to weather the emerging "new normal" for the next semester and beyond.

Digital Transformation: A Focus on Creativity, Not Tools

Veteran education technologist Ellen Wagner examines a point that is too often missing from discussions of "digital transformation".

New Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network to Support AI Training in Community Colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges, Intel and Dell Technologies are launching an 18-month initiative that will design and build a network of Artificial Intelligence Incubators at community colleges across the United States.

Survey: STEM Fields Are Top Choice for Gen Z Students

A survey of over 11,000 U.S. high school and college students, conducted by the National Society of High School Scholars in February and early March, offers insights into Gen Z’s career choices and shows that a majority of respondents are planning for future jobs in STEM fields.

Facebook Launches Social Media Marketing Certificate on Coursera

Social networking giant Facebook is partnering with Coursera to launch a new Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate, designed to prepare learners of any background for jobs in the social media marketing field in just 20 weeks.

Jacksonville University Building Tech Talent Pipeline

In an effort to build a pipeline of technology talent in the Jacksonville area, Florida's Jacksonville University is partnering with tech talent accelerator SkillStorm to provide customized IT training through a new Training Pathway Program.

13 Schools Join New IBM HBCU Quantum Center Program

Thirteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities have signed on with IBM to participate in a new IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, which will give the institutions access to quantum computers and provide academic opportunities for students.

Virginia Tech Programs to Focus on Blockchain

Virginia Tech is getting support to launch two initiatives to provide students and faculty with opportunities to explore blockchain technology. The university has received $546,800 in grants from the Growth and Opportunity for Virginia funding program.

Purdue Project Tackles AR/VR for Workforce Ed

Purdue University has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue development of a prototype that will facilitate workforce education being done through augmented reality and virtual reality.

Burning Glass Merges with Emsi to Create Labor Market Analytics Firm

Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi have merged to create Emsi Burning Glass, a labor market analytics firm that will provide insights on the changing workforce to corporate, government and higher education clients.

USC Journalism Students Getting Extra Shot of Cybersecurity Training

A cohort of journalism and communications students will receive an extra dose of digital security training and access to security resources.

AWS Extends Cloud Ambassador Program to Students

Amazon Web Services has expanded its AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Program to provide professional development resources and opportunities not just for educators, but also for students.

IBM Announces 6 HBCU Cybersecurity Leadership Centers

As part of its commitment to train 30 million people globally in tech skills by 2030, IBM has partnered with six historically Black colleges and universities and HBCU systems to establish Cybersecurity Leadership Centers that will work to build a diverse cyber workforce in the United States.

University of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Public Schools Partner with AWS to Increase Access to Cloud Computing Education Statewide

A new collaboration among the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE), University of Hawaiʻi System (UH), and Amazon Web Services (AWS) aims to build a cloud computing talent pipeline from high school through higher education, with a short-term goal of training and certifying 150 learners by 2025.

EdX Offers Working Learners New Pathway to Bachelor's Degree

EdX has introduced a new MicroBachelors program designed to offer working learners job-ready skills in a credit-backed, stackable credential that can be applied toward a full bachelor's degree.

U.S. Department of Ed Workforce Prep Grants Go to 8 States

The U.S. Department of Education is funding efforts in eight states to provide students with opportunities to develop new skills in high-demand areas. The $126 million in grants awarded to winners of the Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grant Program came out of the Education Stabilization Fund portion of the CARES Act.

Apprenticeship Program Provides On-the-Job Training in Cybersecurity

Florida International University is launching a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program to give learners hands-on training and a chance to obtain industry credentials in the cybersecurity field.

Florida's Polk State College, Safal Partners Launch Cybersecurity Registered Apprenticeship Program

As a national shortage of cybersecurity workers continues to grow more critical, Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla., has launched a Cybersecurity Technician Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Safal Partners, a U.S. Department of Labor national industry intermediary.

Job Openings in Esports Double Year over Year

The number of career opportunities in esports has nearly doubled year over year.

Meta Partners with UK Startup Bodyswaps to Bring VR Learning to 100 Colleges and Universities

UK virtual reality (VR) soft skills company Bodyswaps and Meta Immersive Learning have announced a partnership to give 100 colleges and universities across the U.K., U.S., Ireland, Canada, France, and Belgium access to VR hardware and software through $150 million in grants from Meta and Bodyswaps' full soft skills learning library.

Oakland University AR Center to Provide Workforce Training

A new augmented reality center at Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science will offer students hands-on experience in applying AR technology in the manufacturing field.

Education Design Lab Launches Skills Learning Platform

Education Design Lab, an organization that works with colleges and universities in developing skills badge programs, has launched a new platform that helps institutions deliver training and assessment on eight "most in-demand skills" and to make the learning "visible."

Apple HBCU Coding Program Adds 10 Colleges

Apple recently said it would be adding 10 more historically Black colleges and universities to a program that aims to make HBCUs "learn-to-code hubs" for students.

Moravian College Program Provides Badges, Career Support to Students

A new initiative at Moravian College in Pennsylvania combines academic support and global study with career exploration to help prepare students for post-graduation success.

U Illinois Gies College of Business Develops Microcredential Pathways with Google

The University of Illinois Gies College of Business is partnering with Google to bundle certificate programs in job-ready skills and create microcredential pathways for adult learners.

Colby College Launches AI Institute

Colby College in Maine is establishing a cross-disciplinary institute for artificial intelligence — the first such major AI program at a liberal arts college, according to the institution.

IBM Launches Quantum Developer Certification

IBM has introduced a new Quantum Developer Certification, which it's calling "the world's first ever developer certification for programming a quantum computer."

Howard U to Engage Students with Five-Year Sustainability Plan

Howard University recently announced that it will be partnering with VEIC and CustomerFirst Renewables to develop a five-year campus Sustainability Plan.

James Madison U Incorporates Job Feed into Undergrad Major Webpages

Students who view the webpages for each undergraduate major at James Madison University can now see a live feed of related job opportunities.

Jobs for the Future Acquires Quality Assurance Framework for Education and Training Programs

Workforce and education-focused nonprofit Jobs for the Future (JFF) has announced the acquisition of Educational Quality Outcomes Standards (EQOS), a nonprofit working to establish universal, independent measures of education and training program quality.

Americans Place Highest Value on Higher Ed Programs that Align with Career Pathways

According to a new report from nonprofit Strada Education Network, American adults most value higher education programs that are directly related to their career paths.

WGU and Kenzie Academy Partnership Creates New Route to IT Degree

Western Governors University has teamed up with a bootcamp provider to convert credentials into credits. WGU is working with Kenzie Academy, which runs year-long online and in-person programs in software engineering and user experience engineering.

Pandemic Drives Career Shifts

A new study of data generated by an education platform has found that college students and other adults spent at least some of the pandemic rethinking their career plans.

MOOCs Could Be Effective for Employee Upskilling

According to a team of researchers from Canadian University Dubai, Lancaster University and the University of Adelaide, a review of literature found that massive open online courses can provide flexible learning, address rapidly changing skills needs and deliver credentials.

Texas CC Tests Career Exploration VR with Middle Schoolers

Coastal Bend College, a community college serving five counties in the Coastal Bend region of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, turned to virtual reality to help middle schoolers in the region figure out what careers they should declare for themselves as they enter high school, as well as to promote career and technical education (CTE).

Arizona Schools Begin Promoting AWS Cloud Studies to Students

A state economic development agency in Arizona hopes to train up to 5,000 students for entry-level cloud computing work by June 2022. The Arizona Commerce Authority will be promoting the use of Amazon Web Services instruction throughout the state's high schools, community colleges and universities.

Women's Cybersecurity Training Program Expands with Google Support

Women in Cybersecurity, an organization devoted to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the cybersecurity field, has expanded its Cybersecurity Training Scholarship Program thanks to funding from Google, Facebook and Bloomberg.

Report: Degree Holders Don't Necessarily Earn Higher Incomes

People who complete a higher level of education don't always earn more than those who lack a four-year degree, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Partnership Expands Database of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Student Opportunity Center has joined forces with labor market analytics firm Esmi, adding the latter's job postings and internship information to SOC's database of experiential learning opportunities across the United States.

Skillsoft Taps Accredible for Digital Badging

Digital learning and training company Skillsoft has bolstered the pathway programs on its learning platform Percipio with help from portable digital badging company Accredible.

Lumina Foundation Grants Support Organizations that Recognize Learning Outside the Classroom

In an effort to build clearer credential pathways for adult learners — particularly people of color and Native learners — Lumina Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in grants to nine organizations that are "working to ensure that knowledge, skills, and abilities gained outside formal higher education — through work, military, and other experiences — can be recognized and applied toward programs that lead to credentials of value."

Sacred Heart U Building Student-Faculty-Business Alliance with New Innovation Hub

Connecticut's Sacred Heart University has opened a new innovation hub, dubbed iHub, devoted to creativity and innovation.

Microsoft and LinkedIn Expand Global Skills Initiative

To help job seekers gain the skills they need for employment in today's economy, Microsoft and LinkedIn are extending their global skills initiative through the end of 2021, providing free LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Learn courses as well as low-cost certifications that align to in-demand jobs.

U Michigan Health to Tap Mixed Reality for Student Clinical Practice

The University of Michigan Health is co-developing a mixed-reality curriculum for medical students. The institution is working with GigXR to develop the XR Procedure Training Suite, a training application that uses holographic patients and mixed reality to help students develop manual and practical skills.

HBCU Claflin U Signs First-Ever Zoom University Partnership

An historically Black university in South Carolina has set up a partnership with Zoom Video. The arrangement between Claflin University and Zoom encompasses internships, scholarships and curricula development.

3 Trends in State Law that Link Education to Workforce Development

The Education Commission of the States has released a rundown on state efforts to tie education with workforce development.

New Boston University Innovation Center to Transform Digital Learning

A new innovation center at Boston University will focus on "the creative application of digital technologies in education."

University of Connecticut and AT&T Collaborating on 5G Lab

A new private 5G network at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus will advance academic programs and expand entrepreneurial activities in the Stamford Data Science Initiative.

Miami Dade College and IBM Initiative to Support Faculty Training, Next-Gen Skills

Miami Dade College is collaborating with IBM on a spate of workforce development offerings, including expanded faculty training as well as digital courses in areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity and quantum computing.

ED, ISTE Initiative to Help Educator Preparation Programs Build Teachers' Digital Skills

A new initiative from the International Society for Technology in Education and the U.S. Department of Education aims to help educator preparation programs update their curriculum and methods to ensure new teachers enter the workforce with the digital learning skills needed to lead equitable learning in modern tech-enabled classrooms.

Two SC Campuses to Add Community Tech Hubs

Two institutions in South Carolina will run technology hubs for underserved communities. The University of South Carolina system and Benedict College are part of a $6 million project to develop a network of eight learning labs with technology and learning services.

Tally of Credentials in U.S. Education Reaches Nearly 1 Million

According to a new count from Credential Engine, students seeking education credentials in the United States have 967,734 options to choose from.

6 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2020

This year's top issues in education technology reflect the bigger picture of a student's pathway from individual course all the way to graduation and career.

U Illinois to Lead Planning Efforts on Network of Cybersecurity Tech Institutes

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a $2 million grant to develop a plan for creating a national network of technical institutes focused on cybersecurity.

Achieving the Dream Funds Adult Ed Innovations at 20 CCs

A group of education organizations are working together to increase adult participation in credential and degree programs. Using funding from the Lumina Foundation, Achieving the Dream has issued grants to 20 community colleges in eight states, to support programs that use "promising strategies" for boosting enrollment, especially among Black, Hispanic and Latinx students aged 25 and over.

SANS Institute Launches Cybersecurity Scholarships for HBCU Students

Cybersecurity training and certification provider SANS Institute has launched the SANS + HBCU Cyber Academy, a cybersecurity scholarship and education opportunity for students and alumni of historically Black colleges and universities across the country.

Central New Mexico CC Launches Blockchain Training, Center of Excellence

CNM Ingenuity, a workforce training-focused nonprofit created by Central New Mexico Community College, is introducing accelerated training opportunities for in-demand job skills in blockchain technology.

CodePath to Expand Computer Science Education in Atlanta and Chicago

CodePath, a nonprofit focused on computer science education for students in underserved communities, recently received $1 million in funding from Google to grow its programs in Atlanta and Chicago.

Columbia Partners with 2U on Artificial Intelligence Program

Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is working with 2U to launch the Columbia Artificial Intelligence Program, an online executive education offering aimed at advancing the next generation of technology leaders.

4 Ways Online Universities Can Support Workforce Development

To prepare students for the job market of the future, online institutions must equip them with interpersonal skills such as leadership, communication and management. Here are four strategies for prioritizing the human connection.

Connecticut Institutions Closing the Tech Skills Gap with Talent Accelerator Initiative

Seven higher education institutions in Connecticut are participating in a new initiative called the Tech Talent Accelerator, which aims to boost high-demand tech skills by fostering business-higher education partnerships in areas such as cybersecurity, virtual modeling, software development and digital analytics.

Serving Adult Learners with Flexibility, Stackable Credentials, and Data

As a predominately online institution geared toward serving adult students, University of Massachusetts Global is rethinking traditional models of education to embrace the flexibility and career relevance that working learners need. We spoke with Dr. David Andrews, chancellor of UMass Global, about developing a new credentialing ecosystem, listening to student and industry needs, and the data infrastructure that can really support student success.

ThriveDX Announces Enterprise Solutions Partnerships to Train Cybersecurity Professionals

Cybersecurity education provider ThriveDX has announced its new partnership initiative, Enterprise Solutions, to train tech students from the "classroom to the boardroom" to fill high-paying and in-demand cybersecurity jobs in the global workforce and to increase diversity and inclusion across the industry.

University of Michigan Launching XR-Enhanced Courses on Coursera

The University of Michigan has partnered with Coursera to launch 10 new courses that will use extended reality to provide immersive experiences in critical job skills.

New IUPUI Institute to Promote AI Research and Training

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is launching a new interdisciplinary institute on AI.

U West Georgia Adds Hands-on IoT to Business Curriculum

A business course at the University of West Georgia is teaching undergraduates about robotics programming, networking and plugging into the Internet of Things, to help them prepare for jobs that may not exist yet.

CUNY Programs to Grow Student Industry Pipeline with Digital Skills

Over the next year, City University of New York plans to unveil several programs designed to help students develop their "technological fluency" and competencies in preparation for taking jobs requiring digital skills.

Chegg Intros Enhanced Personalization, Content Integrations

Chegg has introduced “Learn With Chegg,” a new phase in its digital learning platform that offers more personalization and the ability to automatically push relevant content to users based on their needs, the company said in a news release.

Community Colleges to Bolster IT Training Programs with New Microsoft Datacenter Academy

Estrella Mountain Community College and Glendale Community College are collaborating with Microsoft to launch a new Microsoft Datacenter Academy designed to prepare students for high-demand jobs in the IT sector.

Coursera, Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream Offer Tuition-Free Skills Training

Online learning platform Coursera and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream (MCAAD), a think tank focused on advancing economic and social mobility for all, have partnered to launch The American Dream Academy, a new program that will provide free job skills training to up to 200,000 underserved learners in the United States.

Work, Financial Pressures Are Top Reasons for Stopping Out of College

American adults without postsecondary degrees are most likely to withdraw from college due to competing demands of school, employment and other responsibilities, according to a new survey from Lumina Foundation, Strada Education Network and Gallup.

Google Announces $20M in Computer Science Education Grants Targeting Rural and Urban Programs

Google and its charitable foundation Google.org have announced $20 million in new grants to help expand access to computer science education to millions more students in under-resourced communities across the country, particularly rural and urban areas.

Miami Dade College Promotes Statewide CTE Opportunities

The eight-campus Miami Dade College is applying a $2.3 million grant to publicizing its career and technical education programs and boosting the number of scholarships available to students pursuing CTE.

Teaching Innovation by Tackling Wicked Problems

James Madison University's X-Labs projects draw undergraduates and faculty into a tight circle to confront really big challenges.

Education Design Lab Fund to Help Community Colleges Develop Workforce-Relevant Credentials

Nonprofit Education Design Lab has launched a $2.5 million Community College Growth Engine Fund, devoted to helping community colleges across the United States create short-term credentials that connect workers with in-demand jobs and industries.

Google to Take IT Support Training into 100 Community Colleges

Google and its foundation are escalating its workforce development efforts. The company announced that it would expand its "IT Support Professional Certificate" program from 30 community colleges to 100 by the end of next year.

SAS Virtual Learning Portal Offers Students Free Training in Analytics Skills

Analytics software provider SAS has launched a new program offering analytics skills training for higher education students.

Champlain College Launches Credit-Bearing Virtual Gap Program

Vermont's Champlain College has introduced a Virtual Gap Program that allows high school graduates to spend a semester focused on intellectual, personal and professional growth before beginning their higher education experience.

Fragmentation Is Holding up Usefulness of Credentials

Adoption of credentialing in the workforce continues to be a challenge because the system is so fragmented, according to a new report from Third Way.

Adults with No College Experience Far Less Likely to Want More Education

Among adult learners, people with no college experience at all are far less likely to want to return to school — even if time or money were no object, according to a survey from higher ed research firm Eduventures.

Northern Virginia CC Apprenticeship Program to Train Information Technology Talent

A new IT apprenticeship program at Northern Virginia Community College is offering students on-the-job training in technical skills, soft skills, lab work and other IT-related skills.

IBM Open P-TECH Helps Students Pick Up Skills, Badges in Current Tech

IBM has launched Open P-TECH, to help young people and educators pick up the basics in topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as well as soft skills.

New Emory Tech Bootcamps to Train Aspiring Tech Workers

Emory University, in partnership with Fullstack Academy, is launching online coding and cybersecurity training programs to help develop tech talent in the Atlanta area.

Survey: 78% of Workers Who Leave Their Jobs Turn to Online Learning to Reskill

A new survey from Cengage Group examined why workers quit, what opportunities they are exploring next and what they are doing to achieve those goals.

IBM to Co-Create Cybersecurity Leadership Centers at 20 HBCUs

IBM is working with 20 historically Black colleges and universities across the country to help establish Cybersecurity Leadership Centers that will provide students and faculty with training and certification resources at no cost.

New Orleans STEM District to Combine Education Center and Innovation Hub with Entertainment Facilities

A new development project in the eastern section of New Orleans aims to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for children and adults from under-resourced communities.

Colleges Pilot Free Online Reskilling Program

Nine colleges across the United States are piloting a technology-focused career training initiative that aims to prepare 500,000 learners for jobs of the future by 2030.

Cengage Expands Free Career Center Resources

Education technology company Cengage is adding more than 100 new employability modules within its Cengage Unlimited course materials subscription service.

Adult Learning Worldwide Not Keeping Pace with Need

A worldwide study of adult learning has found that those who most need it have the greatest trouble getting it. According to a report on the research, adults (defined as people over the age of 15) with disabilities, who are older, who are refugees or migrants, who live in areas of conflict, who are part of minority groups or other disadvantaged segments of society are "particularly under-represented" in education programs intended to deliver lifelong learning opportunities.

Texas Tech Adds Coding Academy to Increase Access to Job Training

Texas Tech University and Austin Coding Academy are joining forces to train students for careers in web development and software engineering.

5 Ways to Marry Higher Ed to Work

As colleges reinvent themselves for post-pandemic learning, they need to collaborate more closely with industry. That's the bottom line from a new report issued by Presidents Forum, a national nonprofit network made up of leaders from 17 institutions of higher education.

Scholarship Fund to Cover Cost of AWS Certification

A new program in Arizona will help disadvantaged students in high school and college take Amazon AWS certification exams.

3D Printing for Workplace Skills

Penn State University's graduate-level Additive Manufacturing and Design program is giving students the technical and professional skills they need to succeed in the industry.  

Amazon Expands AWS Cloud Training Program

Amazon has added new cities for its full-time, 12-week technology upskilling program, AWS re/Start.

Unity College Reimagines Curriculum to Focus on Job-Ready Skills

Students in their first two years at Unity College, a private liberal arts institution in Maine known for experiential education, are being introduced to a redesigned curriculum aimed at helping them develop career-focused skills from day one.

IBM to Train 30 Million People Globally in Tech Skills by 2030

IBM is setting out to provide 30 million people all over the world with job skills in technology fields by 2030.

$1M ED Challenge Seeks Digital Tools to Help Adult Learners Navigate to Careers

The United States Department of Education has launched the Future Finder Challenge, calling for strategists, developers, user-centered designers, and educators to build digital tools that better support adult learners in their journey from education to the workforce.

Analysis: Student Supports Enhance Impact of Micro-Internships

A Christensen Institute analysis has examined the value of "micro-internships" and suggested that pairing them with various student support approaches in higher education could make them even more valuable.

Southern Illinois U Helping Build Virtual Aircraft Mechanics Training

An Illinois university is co-developing virtual reality software to help students learn aviation maintenance. The project is a partnership among three entities: the Aviation Technologies program at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale; workforce development organization Man-Tra-Con; and TRANSFRVR, which develops simulation-based training.

Cengage Group to Add Cybersecurity Education Company to Workforce Training Portfolio

Cengage Group has entered into an agreement to acquire cybersecurity education and training provider Infosec for $190.8 million.

Partnership Teaches Grads 'Human Skills' for Tech Industry

Not everybody is cut out for coding. Two universities have begun collaborating with a consulting company to teach their graduates and alumni skills for working in technology without forcing them learn how to program.

Deloitte's Salesforce Bootcamps Surpass 1K College Students Trained

Deloitte this week announced that it has now trained more than 1,000 college students in its Salesforce Bootcamps through the Deloitte Digital Salesforce Academy, holding over 30 bootcamps at colleges across the country to provide students with a foundation in Salesforce technology and an introduction to the world of consulting.

5 Universities Forming Community Partnerships to Advance 21st Century Skills

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities have named five grant recipients for their Collaborative Opportunity Grant program, funding efforts at public urban research universities to better prepare low-income, first-time college students for a 21st century workforce.

Mississippi State U Preparing Students for STEM Careers Through Cybersecurity Education Hub

Mississippi State University is working to train more students for careers in computer science, cybersecurity and coding through a new Cybersecurity Education Hub.

Google Expands IT Training Offerings

Google has introduced a new Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate, a program designed to provide job-ready skills in Python, Git and IT automation in under six months.

EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to "solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace." Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content.  

ASU Initiative Aims to Redesign Higher Education

Arizona State University has announced a new initiative focused on accelerating innovations in higher education that expand access and empower learners. Coordinated by ASU's University Design Institute and supported by the Stand Together philanthropic community, the initiative is kicking off with nearly $12 million in donor gifts and an overall campaign to raise a total of $30 million.

GitHub Student Developer Pack Now Features 100-Plus Tools

The GitHub Student Developer Pack has just expanded, now featuring development tools and training from more than a hundred companies.

Cybersecurity Company Launches Academic Program

Security and automation software company HelpSystems has launched an academic program to put its products into the hands of education providers.

3 Universities Partner with Adobe to Boost Students' Digital Skills

Through a new Anchor School Program, Adobe is working with universities to provide students with the creativity and digital skills they need to pursue careers in technology.

Emerson College Expands 2U Partnership with New Data Analytics Boot Camp

Emerson College has launched an online Data Analytics Boot Camp geared toward adult learners and working professionals.

Intel, NSF to Invest $150M in Semiconductor Education, Research and Workforce Development

Over the next decade, Intel will partner with universities, community colleges and technical educators across the United States to establish semiconductor manufacturing education and research collaborations, bolster the workforce and tackle technical challenges in the industry.

Major League Hacking, GitHub Seek 100 Coding Interns

While many students have lost their internships for the summer over COVID-19 closures, a group of companies has come together to put coding students to work. Major League Hacking and GitHub have announced a remote internship program to support young developers by getting them involved with coding projects.

New College-Business Partnership to Boost Hispanic Students' STEM Aspirations

California's San Jose City College (SJCC) has teamed up with the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) to address the challenges Hispanic students have in staying with and graduating from college and forging good careers in the technology segment.

U Minnesota Collaborates with Target for Cybersecurity Education

A three-year partnership between the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering and Target will fund programs to educate the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

Fayetteville State U Launches Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

This fall, North Carolina's Fayetteville State University will open a new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub aimed at connecting business and learning communities and reimagining and invigorating the workforce.

U Kentucky Launches Major Esports Program

The University of Kentucky is launching a three-pronged esports program that will span academic, community and professional development.

Polytechnic-Focused Dixie State University to Offer Technology Skills Training to All Students, Faculty and Staff

Dixie State University in Utah has partnered with technology workforce development company Pluralsight to help boost students’ technology-based skills.

Survey: Prospective Students Eye Career & Workforce Landscape When Deciding Their Futures

According to nonprofit ECMC Group’s latest Question The Quo Education Pulse survey of 14- to 18-year-olds, high-schoolers are paying attention to the career landscape and workforce shortages, and they’re looking for the fastest, least expensive route to careers in high-demand fields.

San Diego State U Creates Cybersecurity Certificate Program

California's San Diego State University has launched the SDSU Cyber Tech Academy, a suite of online cybersecurity certificates designed for security professionals and those seeking to move into cybersecurity careers.

Report Points to Dwindling Interest in Internships

Internship programs are imploding, but not just because employers aren't looking for interns. Student interest has also dropped, as a result of the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

OER for Workforce Development

SkillsCommons provides a massive but navigable repository for the workforce development pipeline — supporting programs with affordable, openly licensed training and education materials.

Blockchain Most In-Demand Hard Skill for 2020

Blockchain is the hard skill employers most want in potential hires this year, according to an analysis from LinkedIn, while creativity is the most-needed soft skill.

Google Adds 3 New Certificates on Coursera

Google has announced three new certificate programs on Coursera: Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience Design.

zSpace Expands AR/VR Apps for CTE

Ed tech company zSpace has added industrial robotics and advanced manufacturing applications to its portfolio of augmented and virtual reality solutions for career and technical education.

IBM Partners with Hispanic Heritage Foundation to Provide Latinos with Free Technology Skills

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has announced a collaboration with IBM Education to provide IBM's SkillsBuild education program to Latino college and high school students, young professionals, and adult learners free of charge, giving them skills they need to meet workforce demands.

Integration Facilitates Sharing of Credentials Across State Lines

Two learning credential companies are working together to help states set up reciprocity agreements in credential recognition. Merit and Credential Engine said the tools they're making available to customers will help workers make sense of shared credentials across borders.

4 Steps to Effective Data Use in CTE

Education and social policy research organization MDRC recently issued a 10-page brief laying out the challenges career and technical education programs face in collecting data and four steps they can take "to strengthen their own CTE data-collection and measurement activities."

U of Illinois Giving Students Hands-on Experience with COVID-19 Public Health Data Analysis

The University of Illinois Center for Health Informatics recently collaborated with the World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization to create an experiential learning program for students.

10 Institutions Developing EdX Courses in Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age

Following through on a pledge made at the close of its acquisition by 2U, edX is awarding $1 million in grants to 10 institutions to develop free online courses in "Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age."

SANS Institute Launches New Training for Entry-Level Cybersecurity Roles

SANS Institute has introduced a new curriculum designed to help non-technical learners enter the cybersecurity field.

New Coursera Career Academy Helps Institutions Upskill Their Learners

Online learning platform Coursera has introduced Career Academy, an offering that allows institutions to bundle self-paced online courses and career resources to help students gain in-demand skills for the workforce.

U Florida Announces Plans for Fastest AI Supercomputer in Academia

The University of Florida and NVIDIA have announced a $70 million artificial intelligence initiative that includes building what they're claiming to be the fastest AI supercomputer in academia.

Report: More Students Pursue Certificates and Associate Degrees

More students are pursuing certificates and associate degrees than bachelor degrees in the United States, and they tend to be more diverse in race and ethnicity, economic status and age. That's the overall conclusion of a recent research project done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Bringing Career Skills to Life in VR

At Fox Valley Technical College, students are using virtual reality to safely explore the inner workings of a diesel engine — while it is running.

Pilot to Develop Career Center for Research Computing and Data Professionals

A team from Harvard University, Internet2, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Utah is developing a Research Computing and Data Resource and Career Center to support workforce development in the field.

Bellevue College Launches Software Coding Series Focused on Workforce Development

A new software coding program at Bellevue College aims to build students' tech skills for technology jobs in the software development field. The institution's Continuing Education division partnered with coding education company Coding Dojo to create the new line of accelerated education courses, beginning with a 12-week program in Python development.

Microsoft Aims to Train 25 Million Job Strugglers by End of Year

Microsoft intends to provide free online job training through its company, LinkedIn, to 25 million people by the end of this year. The goal: to help those who have been hit by unemployment, furloughs and reduced paychecks to acquire new digital skills as part of accelerating the economic recovery.

Survey: 1 in 4 Students Say They're Assigned Too Many Learning Tools

More than a quarter of students (27%) in a recent poll said they are being assigned too many different learning tools in their courses. And 16% reported they have difficulty navigating and using those tools.

Embracing Innovation, Technology and Culture Change for the Sake of Access

The pandemic accelerated digital transformation and the adoption of new learning models at many colleges and universities — but higher ed culture has some catching up to do. While institutions traditionally measure change in decades, we're now in a time when flexibility, innovation and risk-taking are key to student access and opportunity as well as institutional survival. We spoke with Dr. Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University, about why the business model of higher ed is broken, the importance of lifelong learning and technology's role in moving universities toward a better future.