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With college closings the other victims are often their hometowns – Education Article

Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, which has been placed on probation by its accreditor, is a big customer for Justin Cote, co-owner of Flywheel Farm. PLAINFIELD, Vermont — When Justin Cote and his partner started a vegetable farm six years ago, they landed an important and presumably reliable early client: Nearby Goddard College said it would buy all the Chinese cabbage they could grow. Goddard remains a significant customer for the two-acre Flywheel Farm in Woodbury. But there has been…

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Going back to school after 50 – Education Article

Army veteran Chester Dixon, right, works with William Moore, Georgia Department of Labor veterans representative, to apply for a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market, in Atlanta. The program is open to veterans between the ages of 35 and 60. AP Photo/David Goldman This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to financial stability. This…

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When a college degree is no longer a ticket to middle class mobility – Education Article

The labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability. This question comes from Kieran Hanrahan. He asks: What are the projections for the size of the middle class assuming current…

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New website shows trustees, lawmakers, administrators and families how colleges spend their money – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. Subscribe today! WASHINGTON, D.C. – We know that college costs are increasing, but what’s harder to find out is where the money is going. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Wednesday launched a site that makes it easy to track how your hard-earned tuition dollars are spent: HowCollegesSpendMoney.com. It’s geared toward…

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How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet? – Education Article

Jobs in information technology are growing quickly and employers are trying to find ways to get kids excited about careers in the field. Sarah Gonser for The Hechinger Report This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to financial stability. This question comes from Chris Burns in Ohio. He asks: Not knowing what tasks will be automated or what future jobs will look…

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Rural colleges aren’t supplying the workers rural businesses and agriculture need – Education Article

Farris Beasley, a retired large-animal veterinarian in Fayetteville, Tenn., has a barn full of agricultural machinery dating back to 1939. It’s the newer stuff he can’t find anyone to fix. Matt Krupnick for The Hechinger Report FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — Farris Beasley stands in a barn on his 600-acre farm, pointing out equipment both ancient and modern and longing for the days when all of it was as easy to repair as his 1939 John Deere tractor. Like Beasley, a retired…

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Unusual new program seeks to cut urban crime by pushing gang members into college – Education Article

Matthew Jackson speaks in his writing class. Photo: Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report When Matt Jackson’s girlfriend was killed in gang crossfire in 2014, leaving him a single father to a 3-year-old girl, he knew it was time to do something different with his life. Jackson,* who grew up surrounded by drugs and violence in Boston’s South End neighborhood, had been getting into trouble since he was a kid. Locked up at 14 for possessing crack cocaine, he spent…

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Some colleges start using their long winter breaks for career advising – Education Article

Scripps College in the foothills of California’s San Gabriel Mountains, holds a one-week career-preparation program for students during its winter break, one of a handful of such events that are beginning to crop up on campuses nationwide during a period that goes otherwise generally unused. Yunuen Bonaparte for The Hechinger Report CLAREMONT, Calif. — Tiny Scripps College is still on winter break, and the Spanish colonial revival-style campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles seems deserted but for one small…

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America’s colleges struggle to define diversity on campus – Education Article

Angel Carter, a senior at Tulane University, leads the Green Wave Ambassadors, the tour guide group for the admissions office. Adelaide Basco NEW ORLEANS —“Diversity” was top of mind when Angel Carter was applying to schools. Raised in an African-American enclave in Atlanta, she said, “I would have loved to go to an HBCU,” the acronym for historically black colleges and universities. But college should stretch you, she felt, so Carter chose Tulane, where the student body is 75 percent…

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State tries to narrow racial disparities in Minnesota college graduation rates – Education Article

Adley Nyakora, a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato, plays Operation, while Cornelius Bright, Elijah Calderon-Pitchford, Aburrahman Guantai, and Jordan Headley look on. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report MANKATO, Minn. — Adley Nyakora, 18, bends over the body of a bloated man in polka-dot boxers, examining a bucket lodged in the patient’s knee. He picks up a medical instrument and slowly lowers it, his brow furrowed in concentration. His friends, who hover over him, hold their breath. Nykora aims…

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Goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule – Education Article

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Macomb County Community College July 14, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. Obama set a goal of increasing the proportion of the population with degrees and certificates, and returning the nation to first in the world in this measure by next year. A decade later, progress has been slow. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images When then-President Barack Obama stood before a friendly and enthusiastic crowd at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, 10 years ago this year, the…

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