What's Got MDC Buzzing?
In Community College Times, Phil Burdick reports on a Harper College skills summit held in Chicago this week. Fortune 500 company CEOs and HR directors met with college presidents to discuss better college-corporate partnerships to train individuals for middle-skill manufacturing jobs. Corporations are looking for colleges that can be responsive to changing technology and give their graduates technical skills, as well as an understanding of the world of work.
A new report from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, “Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century,” looks at a variety of measures that communities are using to assess the economic health and potential of individuals and families—measures that go beyond the inadequate and outdated Federal poverty measure. Why are measures important? This quotation from the report sums it up quite nicely:
“Metrics assessing economic security and opportunity matter, in part, because they help us define who has the chance to participate fully in the economic life of this country. What we count or don’t count reflects our values; what we choose to acknowledge, address, or ignore; and where and how we target our resources. “
At least one of the bees at MDC has been buzzing about some recent blog posts from the Harvard Business Review. We have to agree; there’s a lot worth checking out, from the intersection of technology and poverty to data collection for increased college access to assessing the feasibility of your latest social venture.
Attention community college students! Achieving the Dream wants to know how your college is helping you become more savvy at financial management. Say it on camera or in an essay and win the prize. Contest rules here. (PS: We’re not sure how many community college students read our blog, so if you know some/teach some, pass this along!)
- Income inequality as seen along the NYC subway routes (via the New Yorker)
- A new Center for American Progress brief on youth unemployment, released earlier this month
- ICYMI: David Leonhardt on how location of colleges hurts national completion rates and the Community College Research Center on how much it costs to increase those rates