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The ‘Middle Skills’ Gap: Half of America’s Jobs Require More Than High School Diplomas but Less Than 4-Year Degrees. So Why Are They Under So Many Students’ Radars?

The 74 Million – David Cantor

“The flow of students into colleges has slowed — between 2011 and 2017, undergraduate and graduate student enrollment in degree-granting institutions fell by 1.7 million students, or about 9 percent. But both the perceived and real value of a bachelor’s degree as a pass-through to high-paying professional success seems unlikely to diminish in the foreseeable future.” (more)

How Teens are Learning Crucial ‘Soft Skills’ Before Their Internships Start

KQED News Mind/Shift – Sarah Gosner

“As the labor market tightens, businesses are on the hunt, looking to fill jobs with young people coming out of schools and colleges. While there’s been a lot of talk about the demand for technical capabilities among this burgeoning pool of labor, employers complain that students lack fundamental skills: things like being able to collaborate, communicate, think critically and interact effectively with coworkers.” (more)

Learn a language if you want to get ahead and earn more, study shows

The First News – Anne Chatham

“Learning languages can boost your career prospects and increase the size of your wage packet a new study by a Warsaw-based think-tank has shown. The analysis by the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE), which is based on the Human Capital Survey (BKL) in 2012-2014, found that for people working in Poland there is a wage premium for advanced command of almost all the major language surveyed, although not all languages have an equal impact with Spanish, for example, being more of a blessing than Russian.” (more)

Moving Target: Preparing Today’s Minds For The STEM Jobs Of Tomorrow

Forbes – Andrew B. Raupp

“Education reform continues to be fiercely debated, but one thing is clear: It’s imperative that leaders align K-12 classrooms with the growing demands of the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. What makes this task particularly challenging is that today’s youth will likely face challenges that the adults around them can barely imagine. We’re living in a precarious moment in human history in which some have argued that technology is so disruptive that productivity is outpacing job growth. Preparing the children of today to succeed in a completely different job market is a responsibility we cannot ignore — even though it may feel impossible to keep up with such rapid change.” (more)

Identifying and Addressing Leaks in the STEM Education Pipeline

Home Room – Staff Writer

“Students need a strong foundation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math, including computer science) education to be prepared for the careers and challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Algebra I is considered the “gatekeeper” course to advanced math and science, with early access and enrollment crucial for students’ future success in STEM. However, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s newly released “data story” , while 80% of public school students are able to take Algebra I early — in 8th grade — only 24% of students actually do so. This “leak” in the STEM pipeline can have long-term effects on students’ education and career opportunities.” (more)

Study a Language to Invest in Your Career

Careers Portal – Staff Writer

“Investing time in a learning a second language is an investment in your career and can buy you some serious career capital. Fluency in a foreign language can lead you to take advantage of career opportunities to get ahead of your peers and leave the soul English speakers back at the starting blocks!” (more)