Courtesy of Strada Education.
In August, according to USA Today, 31 percent of small businesses indicated they’d positions they couldn’t fill. With the appropriate skills and experiences, students can become job applicants that help meet employers’ unfilled demand.
That is why Strada Education NetworkSM supports Completion Having a Purpose®, strengthening the pathways between education and employment. And that is why we focus on college value for all, a year ago launching our MSI Measuring College Value Initiative.
Institutions that graduate students with the skills and experiences employers want are doing the right thing by their pupils and ensuring that their institutions will flourish — even as competition for students and finances persist.
Defining career pathways before. Providing skills that transfer more quickly to the office. Building real-world experience to the program. Fostering communication skills. Helping students note their accomplishments along with their educational paths: These are all recipes for enhancing students’ readiness for rewarding careers, and all part of the MSI Measuring College Value initiative. Teams from the five minority-serving institutions involved in the project — we have dubbed them the Fantastic Five — gathered in Strada Education’s hometown of Indianapolis last week to take stock of their efforts annually into the project, and to chart a path for MSI Measuring College Value’s remaining two decades.
Through a competitive grant process, each institution has received $325,000 to fund its efforts to more effectively use data to help students stay on track to college completion and successfully navigate into rewarding careers. The Fantastic Five institutions include:
- Harris-Stowe State University
- Martin University
- St. Thomas University
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- Wiley College