“After years of looking at the data, Google has found that things like college GPAs and transcripts are almost worthless in hiring. Following these revelations, the company is hiring more and more people who never even went to college.”
This supports my view that Community college and MOOCs can create skill sets need by industry, which I outlined in my blog Post HERE and in the letter below, which was sent to selected members of the ERC Board of Directors (those I had email addresses for):
Dear ERC Board Members:
I was unable to attend the last ERC Board meeting where you discussed bringing a four-year college experience to Nevada County, in association with Sierra College according to an article in The Union. If the Union article is correct this would be done via Cisco Distance Learning Technology from Sac State Chico. There was no cost information presented in the article. I am assuming it would not be free and students would have to pay normal college fees. There are all ready multiple universities offering engineering degrees on line, no campus attendance required. These online course cost about $500-600 per credit hour.
I would like to offer a different perspective.
A recent study published by The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed a trend in the devaluing of college degrees in the eyes of employers. While the study agreed that degrees were important in the hiring process, they are no longer the only determining factor. Instead, employers are starting to focus more on an applicant’s qualifications outside of the classroom, the skill sets a potential employee may have.
The study states that employers are complaining of unpreparedness in recent four-year college graduates. Companies are not in a position to train people like they once were, they are looking for people with skill sets whether they leaned them in higher education or acquired them on their own. The key is having the required skill sets, not just a sheep skin from some university attesting to the fact they attend all required classes for 4 years.
One method that future employees are using to acquire the needed skill sets, is online classes, know as MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses. These course are being offered by the best universities around the world, from the best instructors available. Links to a palette of engineering courses being offered is here:
Why reinvent the educational wheel, when we can develop local methods for taking advantage of these existing education resources at little cost, in an organized program, which are available in Nevada County now. I have written about his on my blog:
Please read the comments, which have additional information. If you have some thoughts, please add your comments.
So far the response to my e-mail has been deafening silence. While the article points out that a college degree is desirable, the cost of a degree that employers are not looking at in the hiring process is unacceptable for many high school graduates. Employers are looking for skill sets that fit their needs. It is time we developed a low cost method for creating technical sets, while insuring that graduates can read, write and solve problems, that is the role of the Community College. MOOCs can be used to craft the required skill sets, that includes a certificate testifying they have succeeded in crafting the required skills.