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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

Interactive Tool: Trends in College Pricing

The published price of college continued to climb in 2010-11, according to “Trends in College Pricing 2010,” the newest installment in a series of annual reports issued by the College Board. To explore tuition trends at a particular college or university, start by choosing an institution type and a state, and then select an institution. You will then be able to compare its tuition and fees with those at other institutions, stretching back to 1999.  Use the tool at  http://bit.ly/avsrvF.

Early college dropouts cost state millions

Students who leave postsecondary education between their first and second years, cost the state millions of dollars.  Read the story online: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/10/12/early-college-dropouts-cost-taxpayers-billions.html?sid=101

NYT story about training – finally a positive one!

September 21, 2010

Value of College Degree Is Growing, Study Says

By TAMAR LEWIN

Despite rising tuition and student-loan debt levels, the long-term payoff from earning a college degree is growing, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by the College Board.

Workers with a college degree earned much more and were much less likely to be unemployed than those with only a high school diploma, according to the report, “Education Pays: the Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.”

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Community Colleges Get Creative With Remedial Education

From Education Week

By Caralee Adams

Record numbers of students are arriving on community college campuses this fall, but a majority of them—nearly 60 percent—aren’t academically prepared to handle the classwork.

Three out of every five community college students need at least one remedial course, and fewer than 25 percent of those students successfully earn a degree within eight years, according to the National Education Longitudinal Study. Continue reading

FEATURED GUEST POST: Integrating basic education with occupational skills training

Goal 1 of the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s 2010-2012 Public Policy Platform is to Reduce Barriers for adults pursuing education and training.  An innovative way to do so, is to contextualize basic education with occupational skills training.  In this guest post by The Center for Law and Social Policy, we learn more about how this strategy works.

An increasing number of new and replacement jobs in the U.S. will require workers to have at least some postsecondary education. Economists report that, in Ohio alone, almost one million of the job vacancies from 2008 to 2018 will be reserved only for those workers with a postsecondary credential.

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