Archive for January, 2012

Tavis Smiley Reports: “Too Important to Fail” Tavis explores the struggle so many African-American teenage males face

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Watch Tavis Smiley Reports: “Too Important to Fail” on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

College-Educated Workers Gaining Jobs, High School Grads Losing Them

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The New York Times


JANUARY 9, 2012, 12:24 PM


Still don’t believe us when we say that college is worth it? Just look at the latest jobs numbers.

In December, workers with bachelor’s degrees or other postsecondary educations gained jobs. On the other hand, the number of workers with high school diplomas or less who were employed fell.

Here are the numbers:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Workers with at least some higher education have been doing better than high school grads for a while now, too.

Over the last year, an additional 1,068,000 bachelor’s degree recipients have found work, for example, while the number of employed workers with no more than a high school diploma fell by 551,000.

Interestingly, though, the least-skilled workers have also added jobs over the last year. The number of high school dropouts who had jobs rose by 126,000 from December 2010 to December 2011:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

It’s not clear why those with the very least education would be doing better than those with high school diplomas.

The numbers do support David Autor‘s argument that the work force is hollowing out, producing very low-skill service jobs that generally cannot be done by machines or workers abroad (like food services) and higher-skilled jobs that require greater schooling (like medical jobs).

Local Non-profit Hosts ‘Speed Networking’ Career Exploration Events at DC Schools

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

January 5, 2012

Contact: Keith Andrew Perry, 202-536-4907,

Local Non-profit Hosts “Speed Networking” Career Exploration Events at DC Schools

WASHINGTON –To engage District of Columbia school students about education and career opportunities, College & Career Connections (CCC), a local non-profit organization, will host a series of “speed networking” events at area schools to help youth prepare for future success.

“This series of speed networking events is an innovative and proactive way for CCC to connect with students in Washington D.C. and get them excited about their academic and professional future,” said CCC Executive Director Keith Andrew Perry. “CCC is proud to lead this effort to motivate and inspire D.C. youth from low-income communities to graduate from high school, pursue higher education and meet their full potential.”

During the rapid career-exposure exercises, volunteers from a myriad of professional backgrounds will meet one-on-one with students, share their education and career experience and answer questions. The workshops are a way for CCC to promote early exposure to college and careers among eighth and ninth grade students in Wards 7 and 8. CCC’s award-winning “OnTrack!” program is an essential tool in the battle to eradicate an over 60% high school dropout rate in many D.C. neighborhoods.

The dates for the speed networking sessions are as follows:

Friday, January 6, 2012
8am – 9am
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Parkside Campus (Middle School 6-8)
3701 Hayes Street, NE Washington, DC 20019

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
10:45am – 11:40am
Friendship Technical Preparatory Academy
620 Milwaukee Place, SE Washington, DC 20032

About College & Career Connections (
College & Career Connections’ (CCC) was founded in 2006, in response to interest by two national nonprofits, USA Funds and Scholarship America, in establishing a program that would increase high school graduation and college-going rates among the community’s low-income youth. Over the past four years, CCC has provided early college and career exploration and planning programs to 1,600 eighth and ninth grade students from DC’s lowest-income communities.