ICYMI: The Chronicle of Higher Education - Reforms That Will Stand the Test of Time, by CECU President & CEO Steve Gunderson
This op-ed, written by Career Education Colleges and Universities President & CEO Steve Gunderson, was originally published on February 8, 2018 by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
When Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. was named president of Purdue University in 2013, I sent him an email saying, "Welcome to the revolution!" My email explained that higher education is changing in terms of whom we teach, what we teach, when we teach, and where we teach it. Last year, speaking on a panel at a higher-education symposium in my role as president of Career Education Colleges and Universities, I said that higher education had transformed itself, but I went on to suggest that the failure of the federal government to update its policies — especially the Higher Education Act — limited the ability of all educators to fully seize this moment.
The below story was shared with CECU by Nicole Hessabi who is a student at West Coast University. In March, Nicole will be attending CECU’s 2018 Hill Day in Washington, D.C. to share with lawmakers the positive impact that career education has had on her life.
I was ten years old when I became a United States citizen. I stood there, fervently clutching onto my souvenir, a tiny American flag. I was overwhelmed with a sense of awe. I remember feeling both amazed and bewildered at the anticipation that was so palpable in the auditorium that day. Too young to understand the gravity of the moment and oblivious to the great difficulties millions have experienced in order to stand where I stood. I was instead consumed with
enormous excitement over the fact that on this day, my mother willfully allowed me to play hooky from my fifth-grade classroom.
Shantrell Harris is a graduate of the Day Care Management Program at Unitech Training Academy – Baton Rouge. Shantrell was hired at her externship site, Little Dreamers Christian Academy, as a teacher’s assistant with the 1-2 year old class. The owner of the day care stated that Shantrell writes wonderful lesson plans, is patient with the children, and learns new things quickly. The parents are very fond of her and her children in the class love her. Shantrell is very happy to have found work in her career of choice so quickly. The entire team at Unitech Training Academy is very proud of her as well!
Open Letter to the Trump Administration and Members of Congress from Career Education Colleges and Universities in Response to State of the Union Call to “Invest in Workforce Development and Job Training”
January 31, 2018 – Arlington, VA – CECU President and CEO Steve Gunderson sent an open letter to President Trump, his administration and Members of Congress today in response to last night’s State of the Union address where President Trump called on Congress to “invest in workforce development and job training.”
America has people without jobs, but it also has jobs without people – about 6 million of them. Why aren’t these jobs being filled? This jobs gap exists because employers demand “job ready” employees and prospective employees are simply not able to bridge the skills gap without appropriate education and training.
Don't let your limitations slow you down - A simple, yet inspiring message that deaf nurse Dionne Jaques shared during her valedictorian speech at the May 2017 Nightingale College graduation. While she stood on stage, beneath the bright lights, she recapped her cohort's experiences in nursing school. Dionne mesmerized her fellow graduates and the audience, who sat still as she addressed them.
Becoming a nurse was a goal Dionne set for herself in 1977 when she was caring for her ailing mother and ill daughter. However, finding a program that would fit her needs proved difficult as nursing schools resisted her joining. A deaf nursing student would need too many accommodations to be successful, they reasoned. “Past programs resisted me joining saying that deaf people cannot be nurses,” said Dionne. But that discouragement, and other obstacles which may have discouraged others from pursuing their passion did not slow Dionne down. Instead, Dionne optimistically continued her search. Her strategy was simple: discover a school that will teach her, and she will be the one to worry about whether she is successful or not.