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Reasons to be Cheerful

Agostino Petroni

1 February 2021

Bianco, Calabria, Italy

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Italy's first tuition-free cooking school gives unemployed young people in the economically challenged region of Calabria a career path – and a culturally resonant alternative to working for the region's organized cri...

New Haven Independent

Maya McFadden

10 September 2020

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is adapting a class that's pretty difficult to take online—automotive repair. Although 90 to 92% of the college's classes continue remotely, the automotive repair cl...

The Paducah Sun

Dave Thompson

9 August 2020

Paducah, Kentucky, United States

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Vocational training and life skills classes at the McCracken County Regional Jail help prepare incarcerated people for stable jobs and living situations once they are released. Of the first 16 to complete vocational t...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

2 June 2020

Henderson, Nevada, United States

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Western Governors University in Henderson, Nevada is one of many educational institutions in the United States redefining how students can get degrees through technical skill-oriented programs. Students can obtain cer...

The Atlantic

Emily Richmond

2 May 2020

Danvers, Massachusetts, United States

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What happens when vocational education goes online? In Danvers, Massachusetts, one high school is pioneering creative solutions such as dropping off mannequin heads for cosmetology students, setting students up with a...

Next City

Emily Nonko

29 April 2020

Tennessee, United States

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Tennessee Reconnect, which started as a small-scale "mentorship and financial support program", has now been adopted and expanded throughout the state as a way to help adults start or continue higher education. Now in...

The Fresno Bee

Monica Velez

13 February 2020

California, United States

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A career technical education program in California exposes children to work in fields including biotechnology, business, marketing, and psychology, and has been shown to improve test scores. The twist? The program is ...

The Hechinger Report

Alfonso Serrano

18 January 2020

Lost Hills, California, United States

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Owners of the Wonderful Company food conglomerate honed their philanthropic efforts on the community they saw had the most need—their own workers' families—by establishing charter schools to improve the quality of lif...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

23 December 2019

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, United States

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In Northeast Ohio, manufacturing companies are partnering with local schools to address a workforce shortage by appealing to future workers at a younger age. By participating in a Certified Production Technician progr...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

13 December 2019

Delta, Colorado, United States

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As the number of mining jobs in Colorado has decreased, solar power holds the promise of future employment opportunities, as exemplified by an educational program at Delta High School. The class “Solar Energy Training...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

29 November 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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A training and apprenticeship program provides the skills and experience needed by people living with disabilities to find employment. Project Search is a nationwide initiative that identifies the strength and aspirat...

Ms. Magazine

Kristi Eaton

21 October 2019

McLoud, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma’s Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is seeing its first graduating class of women coders. A nonprofit called The Last Mile offers training programs for incarcerated individuals with the goal of equipping them...

Politico

Erick Trickey

12 September 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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Now in 10 states and 17 countries, the P-TECH program combines high school with internships and free community college classes. In low-income neighborhoods in Newburgh, New York, P-TECH has helped increase earning and...

Education Dive

Kelly Field

4 September 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Amazon has developed a cloud computing certificate. It is one of a growing number of technology companies partnering with community colleges and increasingly four year colleges to offer vendor-specific curriculum. But...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

13 August 2019

San Antonio, California, United States

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There is a certain population of youth aged 16-24 that are neither in school nor working because of some derailment (oftentimes burdensome responsibilities) along the way. A national organization called Nxt Level help...

Things That Work Uganda

Kisseka Umar

7 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda offers refugees a chance to learn a skilled trade at the Yoyo Youth Vocational Skills Center. At no cost to them, students can learn brick laying, carpentry, tailoring and cut...

News-Decoder

Lizan Nijkrake

29 July 2019

Kenya

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Since the passage of a new law in 2013 that called for "closer coordination between academic institutions and industry" in response to a high unemployment rate, Kenya has shifted dramatically from its theory-based hig...

Things That Work Uganda

Absolom Ochieng

26 July 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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YOYO Youth Vocational Training and Recreational Center is a vocational school in Zone 3 of Bidibidi, the largest refugee settlement in the world. The school is a product of a partnership amongst organizations such as ...

The Hechinger Report

Stephanie Strom

8 July 2019

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, United States

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A school district in South Carolina is going one step further to expand career readiness programs increasingly present in high schools to its middle schools. While some proponents believe this approach will give stude...

The Seattle Times

Katherine Long

1 July 2019

Washington, United States

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Over the next two years, the state of Washington will use $25 million provided by the state legislature to increase the number and range of high school apprenticeship programs. Career Connect Washington, which expands...

WGME-TV

David Singer

28 June 2019

Gorham, Maine, United States

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Scholarships and grants can help students who are looking to being their careers after high school to succeed. In Maine, the Maine Blue Collar Scholar Fund provides financial support to high school graduates who wish ...

The Washington Post

Mikhail Zinshteyn

27 June 2019

Rochester, Minnesota, United States

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By partnering with the Mayo Clinic, focusing on just two bachelor's degree programs (in health sciences), and emphasizing the importance of close support systems between faculty and students, the decade-old University...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

9 June 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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What can Cleveland learn from Europe's school-to-work models, dual education programs, and overall early introduction to career education that could be helpful in closing the skills gap? Cleveland community leaders th...

Idaho Education News

Devin Bodkin

4 June 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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A Las Vegas-based magnet school uses a career-technical education approach, specifically preparing students for jobs in high demand at the local and national level. The magnet school, which includes core coursework as...

The Hechinger Report

Lawrence Lanahan

4 May 2019

United States

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A growing number of companies are eliminating the phrase "bachelor's degree required" from their job postings. The Hechinger Report explores how companies such as Houghton Mifflin have shifted their hiring practices i...

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