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Airline travel and more disrupted by global tech outage; Nevada gets OK to sell federal public lands for affordable housing;Science Moms work to foster meaningful talks on climate change; Scientists reconsider net-zero pledges to reach climate goals.

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As Trump accepts nomination for President, delegates emphasize themes of unity and optimism envisioning 'new golden age.' But RNC convention was marked by strong opposition to LGBTQ rights, which both opened and closed the event.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied, and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

New urgency to close skills gap between college and employment

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Thursday, November 16, 2023   

Preparing students to find a job straight out of college is not always easy in Indiana. However, barriers graduates must jump to successfully transition to a career are far from unique to the Midwest.

WGU Labs is an affiliate of Western Governors University, and earlier this year it brought together a diverse group to tackle the disconnect between college courses and meeting the needs of workplaces.

WGU Indiana Chancellor and Regional Vice President Alison Bell said there needs to be more universality among employers, educators, students, and job candidates.

"To start to uncover the barriers because, obviously, this is something that is talked about a lot," said Bell. "I've heard about it for years, 'the skills gap,' so I think the goal is to dig down and identify from all perspectives what are the barriers so that then, obviously, the next step would be how do we address them finally?"

Bell said fostering a stronger local approach creates more opportunities to intern or interview and ultimately builds stronger connections.

Another glaring takeaway from the study is a need for a universal skills language for everyone involved.

"What does an employer mean when they say 'people skills' or 'problem solving,' and how does a student or a graduate self identify that they have the skills that the employers are talking about?" asked Bell. "If we don't have a universal language with definitions that make sense to all of us, we're going to move past each other."

Bell said participants in the study hope to create a learning cycle that can become continuous so the pathway from college to career isn't just a one-time journey, but one in which employers, universities and students work together to clear the logjam in the talent pipeline and reduce the skills gap.

Support for this reporting was provided by Lumina Foundation.




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