September 14, 2021
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Leadership & Innovation
Mont. panel suggests $22M for job retaining programs
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The Montana Economic Transformation, Stabilization and Workforce Development Advisory Commission is recommending spending $22 million of the federal COVID-19 relief money on job training and retaining programs to help boost the workforce in the state. Gov. Greg Gianforte will have the final say in the spending.
Full Story: The Associated Press (9/8) 
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The Community College of Beaver County is partnering with two neighborhood libraries in Pennsylvania to offer hybrid, 90-minute, general-education courses off campus. Potential adult students noted in a recent CCBC survey that colleges should be more flexible and affordable.
Full Story: Beaver County Times (Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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The why and how of workshop pre-engagement surveys
A survey of attendees offered before a professional development workshop can better engage people and increase the presenter's skills and program effectiveness, leadership coach Peter DeWitt writes. DeWitt explains how to create a pre-engagement survey with questions about the attendee's expectations.
Full Story: Education Week (9/14) 
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Window and door manufacturer Marvin is partnering with Northland Community and Technical College in Minnesota to establish an advanced manufacturing and mechatronics training program. The program is self-paced and flexible, allowing students to complete coursework around work schedules.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (9/8) 
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Texas students earn career certifications
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More than 150 students in a Texas school district earned workplace certifications in the last school year. Denise Ayres, director of career and technical education at Temple High School, says the school has a "school-to-work" focus and more than a dozen opportunities for students to learn career skills.
Full Story: KWKT-TV (Waco, Texas) (9/9) 
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How to Lead the Upskilling Revolution in Higher Ed
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Policy Matters
Former university professor Noah Smith writes in this commentary that a national shift toward vocational education, subsidizing all or part of tuition and helping adult students with housing costs are key factors in building an better-educated workforce and a more prosperous economy.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (9/14) 
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How 5G is helping to improve the student experience
Innovative universities are revolutionizing the campus experience with 5G technologies including developing 5G experiential learning courses. These student courses include focus areas across campus safety, the academic learning environment, healthcare and more.
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Research & Analysis
Commentary: Higher education online becoming the norm
Online higher education options have increased greatly since 2010, but until the coronavirus pandemic, faculty attitudes about digital learning were "stuck in 1994," Jeffrey Selingo writes. Selingo believes that instructors have now realized that online education is more flexible than in-person learning and that it will mean a continued shift to streamlining and normalizing online learning.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Give Your Teachers the Support They Need
As students return to their schools, keeping them engaged whether at home or in the classroom is crucial. Teachers understand this, but need support and guidance to integrate the digital experience more seamlessly with the class activities they have planned. Download this SmartFocus and learn how to best help your teachers!
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Training new associates remotely has become a practice that will outlive the pandemic, at least as part of a hybrid model, observers say. Lena Konanova, a partner at Selendy & Gay, says that firm's extensive deposition and trial training via Zoom will bring benefits and cover the "possibility that certain depositions might continue to be taken remotely in the future."
Full Story: The American Lawyer (9/9) 
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