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ERIC Number: EJ1114842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Guttman Community College Puts "Work" at the Center of Learning: An Approach to Student Economic Mobility
Hoffman, Nancy
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v48 n4 p14-22 2016
Every young person in the United States, whatever his or her background, wants to grow up to be economically self sufficient, to have a stable and productive career. So "college" is the aspiration for nearly 90 percent of high school seniors who say they will pursue some form of postsecondary education after high school, and nearly 66 percent do in fact enroll in postsecondary education upon graduating high school (U.S. Department of Education, 2015). But if higher education is supposed to be the engine for getting young people to a degree, it isn't working very well. The question then is how education institutions can enable low-income students to accumulate the social capital, the networks and networking skills, that will make them stand out in the job market when they compete with their confident, well-connected upper middle class peers. This article describes an experiment Guttman Community College is conducting to find that out. Guttmann recognizes that the workplace is a powerful site for learning-in fact, a better place to observe and learn soft skills than a classroom. The author believes that by the time students graduate from Guttman, they will be equipped to go into the world with a greater purpose, a passion they can name, with skills knowledge, and confidence to be prepared for a job. Guttman can provide lessons to other higher education institutions committed not only to learning and teaching, but to students' success throughout their careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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