I love social media for learning. The other day, as I sipped my morning java and cleaned out my email inbox, I noticed an article on LinkedIn with the following title; Google Has A Plan to Disrupt Hire Education. I hurriedly clicked the link (which you can do as well on the title) and was pleasantly surprised at the information. Google has come up with a 6 month certificate program for tech jobs that are in high demand. The best part of the story is that each student will pay $49 a month to complete the program.
The jobs that were listed ranged in a median salary of 66,000-$92,000 and all I could think about is the ungodly amount of money colleges charge students for the right to learn. Thanks to the pandemic and companies realizing that they do not need students with college degrees per say but with the skill sets to do the jobs that are going unfilled.
Now don't get me wrong, I believe that a college degree is important for specific jobs. Doctors I believe should go to college, however, a majority of careers in the 21st century can be learned Online. The ability to have the world at your fingertips opens up so many opportunities for those with access.
After reading the article, I immediately shared this information with our CTE Director. We are losing so many kids during the pandemic. Most have refused to login for many reasons: 1. They may not have access or 2. They may be bored with school and see no reason to attend. I think most of the reason is the latter.