Internships and Apprenticeships to Attract Youth to the Workforce
Friday, February 8, 2019
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST
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The Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) is an important partnership that is leveraging resources and coordinating efforts to expand an educated, innovative and nimble talent system to meet 21st Century workforce needs. An expectation of many institutions of higher education is that they adequately prepare students to become successfully employed in their field of choice. Academic rigor, research and learning life skills are all critical for career preparedness. At the same time, there is more importance being placed on the value of experiential learning. Employers increasingly want to see experience in the new college grads they hire. In higher education, internships increase the relevance of learning, making the classroom’s abstract theories and learned examples concrete by placing the student in a real-life work situation with co-workers performing actual professional tasks. Students gain invaluable professional experience and self-confidence while building their resumes. Students are hired in their field and are more likely to earn a higher wage after completing one or more internships. The benefits of these career matches go beyond the student and employer, building the talent pipeline and strengthening regional and state economies. The Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) is an important partnership that is leveraging resources and coordinating efforts to expand an educated, innovative and nimble talent system to meet 21st Century workforce needs.
Mark MonePh.D, Chancellor UW-Milwaukee
Kathy Davies, firstname.lastname@example.org