Report roundup

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A monthly roundup of reports of interest to the community college sector.

Here are three reports you should know about this month.

  1. The role of technology in designing a student-centered approach to higher education is explored in the National Higher Education Technology Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. The report includes recommendations on how institutions can engage and empower learning through technology, and teach with technology.
  2. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) has seen success in its first year. A report reveals that in the first full year of operation, LEAP programs across the state produced nearly 1,000 postsecondary credentials in high-demand industries. LEAP was designed to address Tennessee’s shortage of skilled workers in fields such as manufacturing and production, healthcare and information technology. Of the 938 LEAP graduates in 2016, 608 have been hired into high-wage jobs such as mechatronics engineers, electricity and industrial maintenance technicians and welders.
  3. An analysis of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion proposal to revamp the nation’s infrastructure could create as many as 11 million new jobs over the next decade. About 45 percent of these new positions would require at least an associate degree or postsecondary certificate. The analysis comes from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce.

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AACC 21st Century Center Staff

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