How might we build a meaningful apprenticeship that supports curricular and workforce readiness goals into a 4-year degree?
Why separate education and work experience when each can make the other more valuable and productive? The Lab is working with,
We’re imagining and building experiences that integrate classroom learning and meaningful, challenging work. As the workforce changes at a faster rate, building a strong and nimble mind will require simultaneous lessons from multiple learning environments. The conference room and classroom each have their unique strengths and opportunities. We’re designing ways to capture both.
Gain 21st Century Work Experience and College Credit
Enstitute, a national, non-profit creating full year professional apprenticeships for young adults, engaged the Education Design Lab to explore a university partnership model. The Lab brought George Mason University to the table to consider a for-credit, full immersion apprenticeship program for students to build workforce skills and a window on their own pathways.
- 90% of participants are now in full-time jobs
- 500 millennials applied to the program
Hundreds of companies are on the waiting list to be included in the program.
Designing a New Model
- Offer a unique program to place students in paid workplace environments with designated senior mentors treating them as regular employees (unlike most internships)
- Provide work opportunities to Mason’s large population of first-generation college students who value professional work experience but need paid opportunities
- Attract new, out-of-state students who will see Mason as a way to apply to
- Establish relationships with new employers: startups, technology companies, and social enterprises
- Close the gap between higher education and workforce, as
policy makersare demanding today
- Launch an innovative program that fits the president’s vision for a
In early March, the President greenlighted the
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