Online Learning Update

July 17, 2017

A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By STEVE LOHR, NY Times

This skills-based jobs approach matters at a time when there is a push to improve the circumstances of those left behind in the American economy, many of whom voted for President Trump. “We desperately need to revive a second route to the middle class for people without four-year college degrees, as manufacturing once was,” said Robert Reich, a labor secretary in the Clinton administration who is now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “We have to move toward a system that works.” The skills-based concept is gaining momentum, with nonprofit organizations, schools, state governments and companies, typically in partnerships, beginning to roll out such efforts. On Wednesday, the approach received a strong corporate endorsement from Microsoft, which announced a grant of more than $25 million to help Skillful, a program to foster skills-oriented hiring, training and education.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/technology/tech-jobs-skills-college-degree.html

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