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Degrees, postsecondary certificates, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, and employer-based training are 5 ways to move forward in..

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When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

As middle-class wages have remained stagnant and college costs have skyrocketed throughout the past decade, many are left wondering if a college..

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Despite rising college prices and stagnant wage growth, a bachelor’s degree still has a significant payoff. And there is a rising demand for workers with the credential. Read more: bit.ly/2UMBPpA @cpreston @hechingerreport

A10: Check out the @USDOL, Office of Apprenticeship website: dol.gov/apprenticeship twitter.com/miltonhershey/…

A7: #Apprenticeships are valued by both employers and apprentices. Employers see them as a great way to train qualified workers, and apprentices see them as a great opportunity to develop skills while earning a good income. #Mhschat

A6: The #construction industry has the most #apprenticeships, accounting for more than 50%. Apprenticeships have also expanded into high-growth industries, such as healthcare, biotechnology, IT, and transportation. #Mhschat

A5: It needs to include both academic instruction and industry-based, hands-on training. Students need to obtain academic credentials and industry-recognized certifications. #MHSChat twitter.com/miltonhershey/…

A4: There are 30M well-paying jobs for those without a bachelor’s degree (BA). Renewed interest in non-BA pathways has helped increase interest in #apprenticeships. #Mhschat

A3: Pre-apprenticeships can help students gain some exposure to hands-on, industry-based training, and in some cases provide an opportunity to obtain industry-based credentials. #Mhschat

A2: #Internships are generally limited work experiences that supplement academic instruction in college, while #apprenticeships are programs that combine on-the-job work experience and education. #Mhschat

Given soaring costs, can students work their way through college?

In this AJC article, Maureen Downey writes about the soaring price of a college degree. Downey uses information from the CEW report, “Balancing Work and Learning: Implications for Low-Income Students.”

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When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

In this Hechinger Report article, Caroline Preston discusses if a college degree still paves the way to the middle class. Preston uses information from the CEW report, “The Economic Value of College Majors” and quotes Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale, director of CEW.

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The only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college.

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor