Completion With a Purpose Blog

MSIs Off and Running to Enhance College Value

In August, according to USA Today, 31 percent of small businesses indicated they had positions they couldn’t fill. With the right skills and experiences, students can become job candidates that help meet employers’ unfilled demand. That’s why Strada Education NetworkSM supports Completion With a Purpose®, strengthening the pathways between education and employment. And it’s why we focus…

Strada Education-Supported Scholarship Recipient Helps Launch UNCF Campaign

At a recent UNCF Indianapolis reception to launch its annual fundraising campaign, it was a Strada Education NetworkSM-supported UNCF scholarship recipient whose inspirational story set the tone for the campaign for the more than 125 supporters of the local organization in attendance. UNCF/Strada Education Scholar Diona Richardson spoke about the importance of making informed choices in selecting an…

Michelle Weise

Future-Proofing College by Embracing ‘Purpose Learning’

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Hyperloop, has some serious reservations about artificial intelligence. And just as his inventions sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, so do his fears about AI: He worries that we risk unintentionally creating a super-smart machine that could obliterate humanity. One reason Musk is so eager to colonize other planets, in…

Kim Szarmach

Career Preparedness Takes Center Stage at NCAN 2017

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say they would study a different major in college, choose a different institution, or select a different degree program if they could go back and do it again, according to Carlo Salerno, vice president of Data Analytics for Strada Education NetworkSM. While college access professionals have been working for decades to get more…

Internship Program Yields Proven Results for Students, Employers

Shaquille Brooks now is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information technology, on full scholarship at Towson University. But a few years ago, while a student at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School, he was facing challenges that made that future far from certain. During 2014-2015 Shaquille had to learn to live on his own and support himself while still in high…

Dale Allen

Scaling Student Success

How can we scale student success? That was the simple but ambitious challenge that Jeff Merriman and I sought to tackle when we founded the DXtera InstituteSM. Jeff Merriman, DXtera Chief Technology Officer Our nonprofit consortium is driven by a goal of helping institutions of higher education keep more of their students on the path to completion by…

Partnership Lowers Student Debt, Builds Workforce Readiness

Mahmudur Choundhury is a recent graduate of Arizona State University (ASU) whose work with a global online payment processing company while still in school helped open the door to his professional career. And that work during college was made possible through an innovative partnership between ASU and Education at Work (EAW). Choundhury works in customer care for the payment processing…

Serving in the Spirit of a Transformational Leader

The Rev. Charles Williams spent his life advocating for equality, transforming Indiana Black Expo into a force for the social and economic advancement of African-Americans. So I was especially honored to represent Strada Education NetworkSM as we received the Reverend Charles R. Williams Award from IBE last week. Honored because Strada Education shares the commitment of IBE — so…

Connecting Education and Careers in Paradise

Did you know that Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth? While this is great trivia knowledge, it also is an important point to consider when thinking about the challenges the state faces in economic and workforce development. Currently tourism, health care and the military are the primary drivers of Hawaii’s economy. Hawaii struck economic development gold with…

Building On-Ramps to Student Success

Postsecondary training is an expensive proposition without a guaranteed payoff. To make matters worse, many students find themselves in the position of making large financial investments and never completing a degree, a near worst-case scenario that often leaves individuals with lots of debt and no credential to earn the wages needed to pay back those borrowed dollars. Success requires earning…