Google made big news when it announced that it will expand its career and technology certification program, adding 100,000 scholarships and a network of hiring partners — but it wasn’t alone. IBM has been growing a digital badging program for over seven years. Hubspot issues its own certifications. The list goes on: Credly, a digital […]

Read more about Private Companies Are Finding Innovative New Ways to Educate Workers - the Public Sector Can Make Sure Innovation is Equitable

Here’s two facts that everyone who cares about education and the economy should keep in mind: First – enrollment at for-profit colleges surges during economic downturns.    Second – historically many students who attend for-profit colleges after losing their job in a recession end up, on average, worse off than if they’d never attended college […]

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What if the skills people need to get a better career in California are the skills they already have – and they just don’t know it? You can’t leverage something you don’t know you have. Picture a barista.  She has no degree, but she’s great at her job. She wants to go into tech, but […]

Read more about Calbright's New "Career Readiness" Program Designed To Help Students Master Job Searches

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“We can’t actually face what we’re seeing in the world around us and continue to rationalize over and over old ways of doing things, that we know don’t work, for the communities that need us the most.”   Those words, from Calbright College president Ajita Talwalker Menon, spoke to the need for innovation across higher education.  […]

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The problem is simple and complicated at once: California has upwardly mobile, 21st century, jobs that need to be filled, and people looking for new careers to better their lives.   How do you connect the two? California created Calbright College in 2018 to answer that question – and it’s become even more urgent today.  We’re […]

Read more about Calbright Unveils Four Education Principles to Support California's "Stranded Workers"

We talk a lot about the way in which higher education’s business model is breaking down, and here’s one of the reasons why it deserves to:  student debt has more than doubled in the United States over the last 10 years.  American students now owe more than $1.7 trillion dollars in debt for their education.   […]

Read more about American Students Owe $1.7 Trillion in Debt - this system isn't working for anybody

We know the statistics – community college enrollment in the pandemic has plummeted across the nation and in California.  Now LAist has filled in those statistics with real people by conducting a series of interviews with students who’ve dropped out, and is encouraging others to share videos explaining why they couldn’t continue their education.   Qualitative […]

Read more about Online Education Needs to Understand the Difference Between Generic "Students" and Real People