‘Everybody needs a roof’: How a new job academy plans to turn roofers into millionaires

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At GAF’s new Roofing Academy, students from underserved communities get free vocational training—and the skills to become entrepreneurs. On a rainy afternoon in February, fourteen vocational students have gathered in bucolic Parsippany, New Jersey, for what looks like an unconventional Project Runway challenge. Some are clad in khaki Dickies overalls, while others sport T-shirts bearing the word “HVAC.” (That’s “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning,” for the uninitiated.) Steely Dan is playing through the speakers as they bend over their appointed stations, cutting and pinching and welding. Read Full Story

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For college students trapped at home, redecorating childhood bedrooms is the latest assignment

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Bed Bath & Beyond has launched a new College From Home section of its website for the millions of college students getting ready to learn from home in the fall. Concert pianist Robin Spielberg is elbow-deep in paint—deep purple for the accent wall and lavender for the others—as she turns daughter Valerie Kosson’s childhood bedroom and the adjacent guest room into a Lebanon Valley College classroom. Read Full Story

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ICE tells foreign college students they may not be able to stay in the U.S.

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Between online and in-person classes, higher ed may look very different this fall, and that will likely cause headaches for foreign students. One of the biggest unknowns to arise from the COVID-19 pandemic is whether or not students of all ages will be able to return to classrooms come the new academic year. Foreign students hoping to pursue their degrees at U.S. colleges and universities have had some of their questions answered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today. The guidance issued by ICE varies depending on whether the school is offering courses online, in person, or in some hybrid of the two. And it gets more complicated from there. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 Uncertainty Impacts Back-to-School Shopping

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty in just about every facet of life. Whether or not kids and college students in the US will head back into the classroom in August and September has not escaped this uncertainty, despite federal mandates that students and teachers return to school when the new school year begins. This… Read More » The post COVID-19 Uncertainty Impacts Back-to-School Shopping appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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Schools are closed, but they’re scrambling to find ways to get food to students in need anyway

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30 million American children rely on schools for lunch. With schools closed, many are still offering food. Millions of students are now out of school because of the coronavirus crisis—and may be home for the rest of the school year. For many students, that also means that it could be harder to eat: 30 million American children rely on free or reduced-price lunches, and some also eat free breakfast and dinner at school. It’s one reason that some cities resisted closing schools earlier. As of March 18, 39 states have closed schools. Read Full Story

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5 tips you can use to land an internship during the COVID-19 crisis

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Jon Schlesinger, director of the career center at Brandeis University, offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured. Editor’s Note: Even though unemployment has reached a record high due to business closures and social distancing measures brought about by the new coronavirus, you can still snag an internship if you know how to adapt and get creative. That advice comes from Jon Schlesinger , director of the career center at Brandeis University and also a lecturer in a course designed to get students to think critically about the industry in which they intern. Here, Schlesinger offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured. Read Full Story

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Schools are prepping for coronavirus quarantines by leaning into remote learning

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The potential for long-term school closures is boosting edtech companies—though some closed schools are just using Google Hangouts. When a high school student at Jackson High School in Washington State tested positive for the new coronavirus, the school became one of the first in the U.S. to temporarily close because of the illness while the campus underwent cleaning and disinfecting. With a looming possibility of longer closures, some other schools are preparing by turning to edtech. Around the rest of the world, millions of students are already relying on remote meeting technology as they spend weeks in quarantine. Read Full Story

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Remote education is forcing the U.S. to confront the digital divide

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With schools continuing digital classes this fall and millions of students without home internet, communities are scrambling to bring kids and their families online. COVID-19 has introduced a host of new challenges to everyday life. But it’s also turned longstanding weaknesses in American society into acute crises. One of the biggest problems: Millions of students can’t keep up with online schoolwork because they lack internet access at home. Read Full Story

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