Are Colleges Giving Students the Skills They Need?

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

In a recent article from Inside Hidgher Ed called The Digital Skills Divide, Ashey Smith highlights a report that suggests that community colleges could play a pivotal role in preparing employees for “middle skills” careers (which made up 54% of U.S. jobs in 2012). According to the article, middle skills jobs are those that “require a high school diploma, but not a bachelor’s degree”, and the report summarized by Smith finds that 80% of such jobs call for workers who are trained in “using spreadsheets and word-processing software”. Furthermore, the report finds that many colleges could do more to equip students with these digital skills. You can read the full story here.

In the comments on the original article, a user shared the following video, which offers some tangentially related advice to students and highlights the role of community colleges in preparing students for “success in the new economy”.

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