January 20, 2022
SmartBrief on Professional, Continuing & Online Education
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Leadership & Innovation
Hilton, Guild Education partner on continuing ed
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Hilton is realizing that career advancement potential can boost employee retention in the labor-challenged hospitality industry, so it is teaming up with continuing education firm Guild Education to offer employees professional certifications, education credentials and college degrees. Guild Education counts Walt Disney Co., Walmart and Chipotle among its clients.
Full Story: Skift (tiered subscription model) (1/19) 
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The Maine Department of Labor is partnering with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to develop a new aquaculture apprenticeship program for students. The Maine Apprenticeship Program serves 1,150 apprentices through 317 participating businesses, and 94% of apprentices remain with their employer after their training.
Full Story: WCSH-TV/WLBZ-TV (Portland-Bangor, Maine) (1/12) 
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5-step development plan can improve workers, employers
Employee development plans align the goals of workers and companies to benefit both, writes Maheen Kanwal. Five steps, starting with a skills-gap analysis, can produce various types of plans, including job shadowing, on-the-job training and career planning, Kanwal writes.
Full Story: Small Business Computing (1/14) 
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Companies such as Sam's Club and the Berry Appleman & Leiden law firm are offering structured leadership training sessions for managers and high-potential employees. HR teams should first evaluate what skills they have and which they lack before implementing such programs, says Epignosis CEO Thanos Papangelis.
Full Story: Society for Human Resource Management (tiered subscription model) (1/15) 
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Florida International University, Miami's public R1 research university, has earned the highest Carnegie research designation and is ranked #5 in the country among public universities by U.S. News & World Report in social mobility. Read more.
Policy Matters
Hundreds of mortgage loan originators as well as loan officers in dozens of states are facing fines and possible license surrender in a scheme that allowed employees to avoid an eight-hour continuing education class. Danny Yen, the Real Estate Educational Services owner who gave Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System class credit for loan officers who didn't show up or took the classes for compensation, could be fined as much as $3.4 million, state and banking officials say.
Full Story: National Mortgage News (tiered subscription model) (1/18),  HousingWire (1/18),  The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.) (1/20) 
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Research & Analysis
Study: Hybrid instruction is flawed
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Hybrid instruction -- a combination of virtual and in-person learning -- is the worst way to teach, according to a study of teachers in nine states by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The study found teachers' preference was to teach fully in person, followed by fully remote.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (1/17) 
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Digital divide lingers for some students
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Concerns about the digital divide among students continue during this latest coronavirus surge as some schools return to virtual instruction. Vikki Katz, a communication professor at Rutgers University, and other researchers found that in 2015 and 2021, the rate of low-income families with young children with internet access and a computer increased, but the rate of those with unreliable or insufficient internet access was roughly unchanged.
Full Story: The Associated Press (1/15) 
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