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How Colleges Can Help Educate the 40-Million-Plus Newly Unemployed – EdSurge

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A need for speed in learning
Experts at conferences have been talking for years about “the future of work”—how automation and other forces will reshape the job market, and how colleges need to create new kinds of offerings that are more flexible. Barrett said that with COVID-19, “it’s kind of like the future of work just dropped down on top of us all of a sudden.”

Colleges should realize that many learners will be looking to colleges to help them accelerate their learning, she added. That includes serving new high school graduates grappling with “learning loss” from the last weeks of disrupted schooling, and also helping “new adults coming into higher education who have been out of college for a long time.”

Menon said that California’s new online college was designed to help working adults find “skills-based pathways that are aligned to industry standards,” and to help connect them with the labor market.

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