What happens when you have 6 million young adults out of work, out of school, and have the talent, compared with the 14 million jobs requiring post-secondary education projected to go unfilled in the next decade?
What do you do when colleges and universities think they are preparing students with the skills for the workforce, yet business leaders disagree?
In 2014 Gallup reported findings of a telephone survey completed with 623 U.S. business leaders conducted on behalf of Lumina Foundation. They found that 37% of business leaders agree the U.S. has the highest quality college and university system in the world. Read more about this disconnect here.
Closing the Opportunity Divide
From my early work in 1998 as an Academic Counselor at Syracuse University for an NIH grant program helping nursing students succeed, to serving as the Director of a nonprofit partnership to help community college students succeed in IT and Cyber Security, I never imagined I’d be considering how best to prepare students to get a job in a year and simultaneously finish their degree. Matching workforce needs with motivated and talented students allows us to focus on the imperative before us: meeting the access and affordability challenge of college and ensuring students are graduating with the skills employers need.
Earn a Career in a Year
In 2015, Year Up celebrates 15 years and over 10,000 young adults. We also celebrate the launch of a Year Up program in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus; the 4th of many more to come as we plan to grow partnerships with higher education in the next 5 years and serve 10,000 young adults each year across the U.S.
Year Up National Capital Region-Woodbridge is a workforce development and educational program that aims to empower young adults by positively impacting students’ academic persistence and providing students with a connection to the job market.
Students have an engaging welcome experience with a half-day Year Up Pre-Orientation and week-long Year Up Orientation. During the first semester of the program, students take college courses that prepare them to continue onto a full-time, credited internship in IT or Cyber Security during the second semester and summer of the program; plus additional courses that position students to also pursue certification. Staff facilitate a professional image and skills training class and one-to-one coaching. Students receive an educational stipend and support in securing a full-time career after program completion and have access to the Year Up Alumni network. Upon successful completion of Year Up, students will be empowered, professional, in demand, and career ready.
We are so excited that Millennials are here to stay! For the first time in the history of the U.S., a multigenerational workforce exists. Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, Millennials all working together. In a recent analysis of U.S. Census bureau data, Pew Research Center shows that, in 2015, more than one-in-three American workers are Millennials (adults ages 18-35); And we know that in 2015 Millennials are 53.5 million strong in the workforce.
“Year Up changes lives by connecting us to opportunities, then providing the skills and support needed to achieve our full potential.” – JM, Year Up NCR Alum
The theme for the July #SACareer series is Summer of Innovation! where contributors share innovative programming being developed or executed on their campuses. Tune in all month to be inspired!
This post is part of our #SACareer series, addressing careers in student affairs, careers outside of student affairs, and the work of career services professionals. Read more about the series in Jake Nelko’s intro post. Each post is a contribution by a member or friend of the Commission for Career Services from ACPA. Our organization exists to benefit the careers of career services professionals, student affairs professionals, and anyone supporting students in the career endeavors. For more information about how to get involved with the Commission for Career Services or the #SACareer blog series, contact Cristina Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.