I’m of the opinion that the Opinion section is the best part of the Chicago Tribune (and not just becuase it occasionally publishes my personal essays. Also not because one of the editorial page editors is my former neighbor Greg Burns, as fair a guy as you’ll ever meet. The Tribune is lucky to have him.)
Recently, a Tribune editorial reinforced the wisdom of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plan to have each of the colleges in the city’s community college system collaborate with just one industry. The aim is to align each school’s curriculum with the skills that employers need immediately.
The editorial urges employers to get on board with this initiative. I’d add one more thing: that the colleges and industries also collaborate on career lattices to ensure that new grads have a plan to keep growing. Here’s a perfect example: The health information career lattice newly launched by my research partner, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Collaborative education is a start, not a destination.
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