Diane Jones: "Don’t rule out a for-profit institution, because it just might yield higher earnings than the public college down the street."
Nearly every country with a large-scale apprenticeship system relies heavily on intermediary organizations. Few US companies are knowledgeable enough about apprenticeships to build their own programs without assistance.
Full-time work at the minimum wage provides about $15,000 a year in earnings. Improving skills to attain “middle-skill jobs” holds the promise of higher wages and a way out of poverty.
By better understanding the local organizations and activities that prepare people for employment, states can help workers advance in their careers and support area industry.
“Free college” and “student loan crisis” make catchy campaign slogans and headlines, but focusing on affordability and debt may distract from more urgent problems in higher education.
Companies large and small are offering help pay student debt as a benefit. But what if some young employees would just prefer the cash?