Why is All Funding for Education Focused on Individuals ?

I just did another ubiquitous Google search using the terms:  innovative adult education funding.

All I saw in the first many pages was references to grants for a plethora of programs.  None of the innovations included bringing cohorts of adult learners together.

From a business perspective, there is great value in having your employees learn together.  Not only do they learn the content, they have a chance to build learning relationships during the classroom sessions.  Companies do it all of the time with internal training programs.

Let’s think about providing a consistent learning methodology for your employees through college courses.  Don’t get me wrong; I am saying ‘college courses’ for a reason.  However, there is no need for employers – or employees – to invest in degrees all of the time.

Look at single courses that meet  the needs of your business, or work with a local college our university to spec out a set of courses that your organization needs to grow and move forward.  Make those courses into a company-specific certificate.  Acknowledge the learners when they complete the set of courses.  If a degree focus is important, work with your higher education provider to make your certificate programs build toward a degree from the provider.

Learning in the 21st  century still needs to have a significant degree completion component.  It simply does not have to be to sole focus on company-based learning.


About Gary Stocker
Since 2004, I have developed more than a dozen academic partnership programs with 7 different universities. I have developed the web site: www.collegecohorts.com to share the tips, systems, and processes that were used. Theses partnerships include certificate, degree-building, degree programs for a major midwestern health care system. Examples of the academic partnerships include, MBA, MHA, RN to BSN, MSN, Allied Health, and Nurse Case Manager.

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