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New Study Finds Great Divide Between College Training and Real World
How well are community colleges training their students for the real world? Learn about a new study that finds colleges are not training their students for jobs that are actually available, leaving their students in the "great divide" between graduation and the real world.
It would seem that in an economic environment where the unemployment rate is in the double digits, employers would have plenty of qualified prospects. However, employers are not finding applicants with the education and training necessary to move into many positions without extensive on-the-job training – something few employers can or want to afford at this time. The result is a working class that can't get jobs because they do not have the necessary preparation that allows them to transition into those jobs with ease.  The really surprising part is that we are talking about college graduates that are ill-equipped for the rigors of the professional world, according to a new study.
 
Training and the Economy
 
This news comes from a recent study conducted by Corporate Voices for Working Families and Civic Enterprises titled, "Across the Great Divide." The study takes a closer look at the relationship between the education students are getting in colleges and the training employers are looking for today from college graduates.

The introduction to the study published on the Corporate Voices website states, "Many of those looking for work do not have the skills required by companies looking to hire – resulting in high unemployment even as businesses desperately seek new talent. If our nation fails to bridge this gap, we will risk our ability to compete effectively on the global stage."
 
Taylor Reveley, president of The College of William and Mary, agrees. Reveley told Business News Daily, "It is a significant issue if people are
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How the Gainful Employment Rule Pressures Community College
While intended to regulate for-profit vocational colleges, the Gainful Employment Rule may hurt public community colleges. Learn about the new Department of Education rule and how it may impact your education.
Community colleges have seen a significant rise in enrollment since the economic slowdown began, due in part to the need for retraining into careers that are more lucrative and recession-proof. As waiting lists for community colleges across the country continue to grow, some students are turning to vocational, for-profit colleges to meet their academic needs in the interim. Unfortunately, certain rather unscrupulous practices by these for-profit institutions have resulted in federal regulations that will negatively affect the community college environment as well.
 
What is the Gainful Employment Rule?
 
While community colleges offer associate's degrees in a wide range of subjects, they also provide specific job training in particular fields that takes less time to complete. For-profit institutions also offer these training programs to help students get through school and into the workforce as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some of these training programs do not offer the necessary preparation in fields that are demanding new hires, leaving students without gainful employment and additional debt from their schooling that they cannot pay.
 
To address this concern, the Federal Department of Education has put forth a rule known as the Gainful Employment Rule. This regulation will discourage career colleges from providing misleading information about the employment prospects students can expect after completing their training. The rule targets predatory career colleges that purposely provide inaccurate industry information and encourage students to take out loans for career training that has little chance of producing a lucrative job – and the means to pay off the loan
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How to Guarantee Employment after Graduation: Skills for America's Future
Learn about the Skills for America’s Future program, which is specifically designed to create community college training programs based upon partner companies’ needs. Gap, Accenture, PG&E and others have already joined – and now they’re looking for students for their training programs.
During the recent economic slowdown, community colleges saw an exponential rise in enrollment as displaced workers sought out retraining to become employable once again. Unfortunately, many of those community college grads have no more luck finding a job than they had prior to their college experience. To compound the problem, many graduated with a significant amount of debt from tuition and other college-related expenses. President Obama is hoping to reverse that trend, with the launch of Skills for America's Future, a program designed to match potential workers and training with the industries that need them most.
 
What Is Skills for America's Future?
 
According to the Aspen Institute website, Skills for America's Future will serve as an umbrella under which businesses, labor unions and community colleges can work together to put workers back to work in this country. This organization will coordinate efforts between these entities to ensure workers are getting the necessary training to fill the employment positions that desperately need workers today.
 
The initiative was announced by the White House last month and will be housed within the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit research organization that fosters value-based leadership and provides a venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.
 
Skills for America's Future will primarily focus on identifying the most successful retraining partnerships around the country to use as a model for other colleges. Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, told the New York Times, "The goal is to encourage community
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Careers: Property Management
Changes in the real estate horizon create growing opportunities for property management careers. Learn about how you can begin your property management career right at your local community college.
If you have a passion for real estate and enjoy working with people, a job in property management might be a good choice for you. This field is a growing one, as more people turn to professionally managed communities and properties to live and work.
 
A degree in property management opens the door to a host of possible career options, including onsite property management, buying and selling properties, and working as a leasing agent.
 
Many community colleges have recognized the potential this industry offers, and campuses are now providing property management programs to help you get the training you need quickly and economically to move into a lucrative, rewarding career.
 
Careers in Property Management
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a degree in property management can launch a number of lucrative career options, including:
  • Onsite Property Managers – These professionals handle the daily operations of a property, ensuring that repairs are completed in a timely fashion and maintenance keeps the property in top condition. These managers work closely with current tenants to enforce the terms of rental contracts and handle complaints. They may also deal with prospective tenants, showing vacant properties and getting leases signed.
  • Real Estate Asset Managers – These property managers usually handle the purchase, sale and development of properties on behalf of owners or investors. Instead of working through the daily operations of a property, these professionals usually involve themselves with the big picture, choosing properties that work well with an investor's long term strategies. Once properties are selected,
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Retrain For A New Career In Weeks? Yes!
In as little as three weeks, you could be retrained for a new job through community colleges. Learn about the retraining programs available and how quickly you can gain new skills.
The current economic slowdown has displaced many American workers, but that doesn't mean there are not any jobs available today. In fact, numerous industries are hard-pressed to find employees who are trained and ready to work in their fields. The solution has been presented by many community colleges across the country: accelerated job training programs that get displaced workers off the unemployment line and back to work in new industries with better potential for stability and job growth.
 
Program Cost and Requirements
 
Some of the programs charge a nominal fee to complete, while others are completely free to participants because they are supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The ARRA is the stimulus package signed by President Obama, designed to combat the effects of the current recession. Part of the ARRA budget is used to retrain workers for other fields when they have lost their jobs because of the economic slowdown. If a program falls into the guidelines of the ARRA, the courses may be offered free of charge to the student, since the federal government picks up the tab.
 
This video explains how the ARRA works.
 
 
Courses not covered by the ARRA may also be offered for a nominal fee. Depending on the program and the community college in question, costs may range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Some programs are completed in as little as three weeks, while others take up to 16 weeks to
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