David Andy went to college after graduating from high school, spent his first two semesters drifting through introductory classes, then was told to pick a major.
That was when he had an unfortunate epiphany: He had no idea what he was doing there.
“I just didn’t like anything,” said Andy. “Nothing stood out to me.” He didn’t know what he’d do in real life with, say, a degree in English. “There was no end goal for that.”
So he quit school and went to work at a factory, rising up the ranks to journeyman. Before long, he was running two departments. Then he hit another roadblock.
“I couldn’t go any higher,” he said. “I needed a degree.”
Now Andy, who is 29, is enrolled in an unusual program at Metropolitan State University in Denver designed precisely to provide him with the degree he needs for a career in advanced manufacturing.
That’s because it brings the university together with employers in a building so new that construction workers still are putting the finishing touches on labs crammed with equipment recommended and often contributed by industry partners, whose corporate logos cover the walls.
The $60 million collaboration is meant to help solve the confounding disconnect between what colleges teach and what graduates need to know to fill jobs that are sitting empty in some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries.
Read the full article about partnerships between colleges and business by Jon Marcus at The Hechinger Report.
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