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Webinar: Why Data Matters to Your City

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You may have heard the exciting news that EMSI is offering an online class, Tools and Techniques for Understanding Urban Economies, through the certificate program at NYU School of Professional Studies. The class begins March 25 and you can register here. Want to learn more? Sign up for our March 12 webinar where Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer at EMSI, will discuss the...
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North Carolina Colleges and Universities Work Together, Contribute $63.5 Billion to State

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For the first time in 15 years of conducting economic impact studies, our economists conducted analyses of not just one school or sector but the entire higher education systems in Texas and North Carolina. The North Carolina study is unique because we analyzed the statewide impact of higher education as well as the individual economic impacts of each of the state's 110...
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Monroe Community College Measures Middle-Skill Gaps and the Economic Return of Filling Them

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Recently, Monroe Community College published Measuring Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps Within the Finger Lakes Regional Economy, a report that uses a collection of data to measure skills gaps in the local community. EMSI's program impact numbers also helped MCC demonstrate the economic return for each successful completion within its target occupation...
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It’s Not About More Associate’s Degrees; It’s About the Right Associate’s Degrees


The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by economists William A. Kelly Jr. and Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly that critiques President Obama’s free community college plan, suggesting that this is hardly the time to concern ourselves with producing more college-trained workers. But associate's degrees aren't all the same, and neither are all regional economies....
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Webinar: Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Grants


On Wednesday, February 18 (2-3 p.m. EST) EMSI chief innovation officer Rob Sentz will be presenting as part of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future webinar on Apprenticeship American-Style. The webinar will provide tips and tools for those looking to align an apprenticeship with community college credentials, embed their apprenticeship in labor market information, and register an apprenticeship. Potential grantees for the US Department of Labor's (DOL) American Apprenticeship Grants are particularly encouraged to...
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Tools and Techniques for Understanding Urban Economies

If you are an economic development professional and would like to gain the competitive edge and a valuable credential, here is a fantastic new opportunity. Last fall, the NYU School of Professional Studies launched the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities. The Initiative offers a certificate program built to provide economic development professionals with...
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Closing the Information Gap: EMSI’s New Report and Webinar Series

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This week, EMSI released a report, Closing the Information Gap, that addresses how students' concerns about the value of education are creating enrollment and retention challenges for America's colleges and universities, and how several higher ed institutions have successfully met those challenges through the use of technology and transparent...
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Webinar Recap: Key Steps to a Successful Career Coach Implementation


Earlier this week, Owen Sutkowski, director of transfer and career services at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, and Sarah Wilson, CPCC's Career Coach project coordinator, joined EMSI for a webinar to share tips for creating a Career Coach launch plan, effectively mapping program data, and helping students build an ongoing relationship with Career...
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