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Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

May 3, 2017 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. Community colleges are known for their associate degree programs. But these days, many community colleges award more certificates than degrees. Certificates typically take less than two years to complete and...

Matching Ex-Offenders With Hard-To-Fill Health Care Jobs

April 19, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. BALTIMORE — Collie Thomas sat in the courtyard outside the Johns Hopkins Hospital and marveled at her luck. She works as an orderly in one of the most prestigious hospitals...

States Want More Career and Technical Training, But Struggle to Find Teachers

April 6, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Many Minnesota employers say they can’t find skilled workers with the right career training. Meanwhile, high schools are cutting career and technical education courses because they can’t find qualified teachers....

Merging Colleges to Cut Costs and Still Boost Graduation Rates

March 29, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Students who apply to Georgia State University no longer receive a rejection letter if they don’t get in. Instead, they’re invited to enroll in Georgia State’s Perimeter College — the...

To Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs, Some States Reconsider Licenses

March 8, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. Robert Lewis didn’t think it would be hard to get a job selling insurance. He was a car salesman for decades and sold insurance for a while after graduating from...

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

February 22, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure...

Health Care Adjusts to a More Diverse America

February 13, 2017 This article was a collaboration between Stateline and Politico and was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton.. WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On any given day at the Salud Clinic, Lucrecia Maas might see 22 patients. They come to the...

Expect More Conflict Between Cities and States

January 25, 2017 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. With the federal government and most states controlled by conservative Republicans this year, Democrats are looking to Democratic cities and counties to stand up for progressive policy. But they may...

‘Sanctuary Campuses’: Controversy Blown Out of Perspective?

December 17, 2016 This article was originally published by Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and was written by Sophie Quinton. College students across the country are clamoring for their campuses to be declared “sanctuaries,” where administrators do all they can to protect students and employees from any effort by Republican...

Dedicated to the Mountains, Desperate for Jobs

November 20, 2016 This article was originally published at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was written by Sophie Quinton. PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The small green sign outside the employment center in this eastern Kentucky town said “JOB FAIR” and “TODAY!!” Inside, people hunched over applications for coal mining jobs...