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Dear partners and innovators, 

There are very few silver linings emerging from the worldwide pandemic related to education, but one of them is a crystalizing view about the importance of “skills visibility.” Skills are becoming and will soon be the currency in the new emerging global talent and hiring ecosystem.

This means that learners and earners will be judged and digitally discovered not by a paper resume that lists their college major, their clubs and activities, and their job experience so far, but instead, they will be digitally discoverable by employer search engines that set algorithms to look for named skills (thus, the skills become the currency).

Why is this view emerging? At the Lab, where we have been charting and designing new education models around the needs of “new majority learners” for eight years, we have been surprised ourselves by how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated three key factors.

Lab Founder + CEO Kathleen deLaski explains those three key factors in her recent op-ed in eCampus News … Is K-12 ready for skills-based hiring? ...  and where we’re seeing the most interesting models in K-12. 


Read the op-ed
Did you hear? Lab Founder + CEO Kathleen deLaski has has been named one of Washington D.C.’s 500 Most Influential People by Washingtonian magazine! She is listed under “Education."
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High-five to our innovative partners!
Congratulations to the College of Eastern Idaho, one of the Lab’s BRIDGES Rural partner colleges. You may remember all the photos from their Construction Combine in April. CEI is one of 10 finalists in the Lumina Foundation’s Million Dollar Community College Challenge, a national grant opportunity supporting brand building and marketing. CEI will be competing for the $1 million prize; the nine runners-up will each receive $100,000. Finalists will submit video narratives by June, and the winner will be announced in August. Good luck, Falcons! 

📺  Watch the moment when CEI was announced:
Congrats to our partners that are among the 25 semifinalists in the prestigious Aspen Prize honoring colleges that are achieving high, improving, and equitable outcomes for students — or as President Obama called it, “basically the Oscars for great community colleges.” The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program will narrow to 10 finalists in June. 

Semifinalists from the Community College Growth Engine Fund micro-pathways initiative
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • LaGuardia Community College

From the Seamless Transfer Pathways project: 
  • Harper College
Please vote for the Lab!
There are so many cool ed tech finalists in IMS Global's annual Learning Impact Awards competition. ... and we would ❤️ if you voted for the Lab's XCredit project with Muzzy Lane.  Look for XCredit under the "Digital Credentials" category. Voting ends at noon EST Thursday, May 19. 
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BRIDGES Rural in Ohio
Hello from Ohio, where the BRIDGES Rural team visited Washington State Community College and Zane State College earlier in May. Pictured from left: Leslie Daugherty, Maureen Isimbi, and Miriam Swords Kalk

During a Zane State College marketing brainstorm (pictured below), the group wondered how industrial / manufacturing / engineering programs might sound less intimidating. Here's one idea: Replace "math" w/ "tools, measurement, and layout."  

Where BRIDGES Rural is going next

1.  April 20-22: College of Eastern Idaho, Driggs and Idaho Falls, ID
2.  April 24-27: Rural College Access and Success Summit, Scottsdale, AZ #RCASS2022
3.  May 3-5: Washington State Community College and Zane State Community College in Cambridge, Marietta, and Zanesville, OH
4.  May 12-13: Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
5.  May 24-25: Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor and Katahdin region, ME
6.  June 7-8: Horizons Jobs for the Future (JFF) national summit, New Orleans, LA

Be sure to follow our spring tour with @BRIDGESRural on Twitter. We use #LabOnTheGo to share photos on the road. 

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