Entries by Lauren Altobelli

Pioneer Institute Announces Winner of 27th Annual Better Government Competition

NYU President Emeritus, Massachusetts Governor to Headline Awards Gala BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that Purdue University’s “Back a Boiler” program is the winner of the 27th annual Better Government Competition. This year, the topic was making higher education and career training options affordable and effective. The competition received over 80 entries […]

2018 Winner: Purdue University’s Back a Boiler Income Share Agreement Program

Purdue University Brings the Investors to the Students, Lessens Dependence on Lenders Student loan debt is plaguing college graduates across the United States. In the first quarter of 2018, graduates owed over 1.5 trillion dollars in loan payments. The average college graduate holds loans equal to a down payment on a home, a car, or […]

2018 Runner Up: Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards’ Youth Apprenticeships

Wisconsin Brings Apprenticeships to High Schools; Work Hours Earn School Credit Skilled labor shortages are not only affecting the manufacturing industry, they are also disrupting the health sciences, construction, agriculture, and hospitality sectors as well. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has created a program that directs high school students into those fields during their […]

2018 Runner Up: Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education: Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Development

Dynamic Employer-Owned Training Program Combines Technical Training and Professional Education The manufacturing industry in the U.S. is suffering from a severe lack of skilled workers. It is anticipated that by 2025, there will be 2 million unfilled skilled openings; the largest gap in any job sector. In addition to a skills gap, the manufacturing industry […]

2018 Runner Up: The American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship: Expanding Apprenticeships in Massachusetts

Making Apprenticeships Marketable and Viable in Massachusetts with AIIA Two specific trends have been identified as causing problems for college graduates: first, student loan debt is becoming increasingly unmanageable; and second, college graduates do not necessarily have the training they need to be competitive workers in the U.S. labor force. College graduates are struggling to […]

2018 Runner Up: The Harold Alfond College Challenge

The Alfond Scholarship Foundation Invests in the Future Education of Maine’s Children Maine, along with the rest of the country, is trying to cope with a transitioning economy that requires more higher-educated and skilled workers. Maine is also the oldest state in the nation with a median age of 44 years. The aging population has […]

2018 Special Recognition: College Affordability at Springfield Technical Community College

Community College and Four-Year University Come Together to Offer Bachelor’s Degrees to Technical Students To avoid the high costs of a four-year university, some high school graduates will decide to attend a local community college instead. Community colleges are more affordable than four-year universities, but often graduates with associate degrees earn lower salaries compared to […]

2018 Special Recognition: MITx MicroMasters

Earn Credentials to Advance Your Career Online with MIT and EdX Online-only classes have been implemented widely by postsecondary educational institutions across the United States; in 2015, there were almost 6 million students enrolled in distance learning courses offered by accredited postsecondary institutions. Utilizing technology to reach students who cannot attend classes in person has […]

2018 Special Recognition: Duet in Partnership with Southern New Hampshire University

Personalized Coaching and Project-Based Learning Prepares Students for the Real World Attending postsecondary education full-time is expensive and challenging for students who may have part- or full-time jobs, families, or other obligations. The rigid schedules of traditional four-year colleges are not conducive to working and the cost often inhibits low-income individuals from enrolling. Southern New […]

2018 Special Recognition: City Vision University

Service-Oriented Postsecondary Education for Low-Income Individuals While more and more high school graduates are enrolling in college, the distribution of degree attainment is heavily concentrated in the top quartile of household incomes. Since 1970, there has been a 37 percent increase in bachelor’s degree attainment in the top quartile and only a 3 percent increase […]