More Partnerships Between Colleges and Industry

via The Chronicle – More Partnerships Between Colleges and Industry Could Produce a Better-Prepared Work Force Despite years of talk, the higher-education and industry sectors of the United States still don’t collaborate enough to ensure that students are adequately prepared for jobs. And the mismatch between what employers expect and what students learn in college or vocational schools could have dire consequences for the nation’s economy, according to several speakers at the New Work Era Summit hosted here by The Atlantic.

To achieve what is considered full employment—a 5-percent unemployment rate—in 2020, the economy would have to add 21 million jobs. Participants in the summit, which included college and business executives, said that employers increasingly report that they have trouble filling some positions because they cannot find qualified applicants.

The event on Tuesday coincided with the release of a report called “An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future” by McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. The report found that the U.S. labor force will grow steadily, reaching 170 million by 2020, but that “too few students will obtain college degrees, too many will have no more than a high-school diploma, and the number of Americans without even a high-school diploma will rise.” [Continue Reading at The Chronicle]

via OLLI: Louisianna Lifelong Learning Week

via Osher Lifelong Learning Institute National Resource Center The Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, signed a proclamation designating the first week in August as Lifelong Learning Week in Louisiana. Members of OLLI at Louisiana State University have been getting the word out by asking restaurants, churches, doctors’ offices, retail and industrial companies, etc. to post the announcement flyer at their places of businesses. The idea for such a state proclamation came from OLLI at the University of Denver who managed to get a proclamation made last year in the State of Colorado. Congratulations to Doreen Maxcy and all the staff and members of OLLI at Lousisiana State University! (Available for download: Louisiana Lifelong Learning week flyer.) [Continue Reading at OLLI National Resource Center]

Workforce Development Solution for Furman CPD

CampusCE will deliver its complete workforce development package to its third department from Furman University. Furman University Learning for You and the Furman University OLLI currently make use of the cloud technology offered by the CampusCE Education Management System. CampusCE will provide the Furman University Center for Corporate and Professional Development with a registration software management solution that allows the department to offer a comprehensive, uniquely branded, e-commerce site to its constituents.

The Furman University Center for Corporate and Professional Development responds to the needs of organizations by providing instructional programs tailored to meet the needs of various industries. Furman’s training options cover executive leadership, team development, project management, finance, accounting, and the many facets of business development, performance improvement, and corporate sustainability. To find out more about Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development visit

CampusCE Welcomes UGA OLLI

CampusCE welcomes the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia to the CampusCE Lifelong Learning family. CampusCE also supports the OLLI at Furman University, Kennesaw University, the University of Texas Medical Branch, and Yavapai College. Our commitment to lifelong learning is stronger than ever. We will provide UGA OLLI with an EMS solution that enables web-based management of membership, registration, payment, and administrative services for their growing OLLI program.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia began in 1994 and has since expanded to offer approximately 100 courses to over 400 members from the Athens, GA metro area. The UGA OLLI provides an array of courses from a variety of disciplines. The OLLI programs are non-credit educational programs specifically developed for seasoned adults who are aged 50 and older. The Bernard Osher Foundation supports 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one program in each of the 50 states. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia visit

The State of Cloud Computing in 2011 [INFOGRAPHIC]

via ReadWriteWeb BitNami, and Zenoss have released the results of its 2011 Cloud Computing Outlook survey. You can request a copy of the report here. Only 20% respondents have no plans to develop a cloud computing strategy, but there was a clear preference for using dedicated hardware instead of public cloud infrastructure. Virtualization is very popular, and the biggest benefit respondents perceive in cloud computing was hardware savings. [Continue reading at ReadWriteWeb]

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]

via Mashable Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources. And it’s not just crowdsourced data collections like Wikipedia or single-topic blogs that encourage individual learning; huge corporations and nonprofits are making online education and virtual classrooms a very formal affair these days. [Continue reading at Mashable]

CampusCE Provides Solution for NDUS

CampusCE is pleased to announce that the North Dakota University System (NDUS) with five community colleges, four regional universities and two research universities has chosen CampusCE to service their continuing education, and workforce training management needs. NDUS will utilize CampusCE’s PeopleSoft integration capabilities to provide a common reporting platform across the NDUS institutions.

TrainND, the workforce training arm of NDUS, whose mission is to enhance the ability of North Dakota business and industry to compete in the global market place, will be able to leverage the internet by providing the latest e-course delivery technology with the CampusCE ELATS platform. ELATS, the e-learning, assessment and tutoring system is designed to effectively deliver customizable content to key corporate accounts in a flexible, yet simple method that tracks learning through mid-course assessments & learning reinforcement tools.

CampusCE at TACE Conference 2011

CampusCE’s Amanda Gaffney and Loren Pace attended the Texas Administrators of Continuing Education conference. Held annually in Austin, TACE draws continuing education professionals from the entire state of Texas to discuss the challenges facing Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

As a platinum sponsor, CampusCE hosted a break out session, focusing on the difficulties and exciting opportunities of competition through the world wide web. CampusCE CEO, Loren Pace, discussed the basics. His Digital Marketing Essentials for Continuing Education which can be found at this link, lay a foundation for developing an effective e-marketing strategy.

CampusCE looks forward to attending TACE again in 2012.

CampusCE Provides Solution for the KSU Alumni Affairs Dept

CampusCE extends its scalable cloud solution to the Alumni Affairs Department of Kennesaw State University. CampusCE will provide the KSU Alumni Affairs Department with a registration software management solution that significantly extends its current system with a uniquely branded e-commerce interface. With the power of the CampusCE Education Management System, KSU Alumni Affairs will be able to manage student registrations, event management, online giving and a range of powerful reporting tools.

The Kennesaw State University Alumni Affairs Department has created an online community to connect the members of KSU alumni. It allows classmates to search for each other, post notes, participate in workshops, and utilize communication tools including e-cards. It facilitates participation in blogs, discussion groups, and photo galleries. To find out more about KSU Alumni Affairs visit

Cuts hit classes that lead to jobs

via The Seattle Times When it comes to cutting millions of dollars out of state community- and technical-college budgets this spring, perhaps the most vexing issue is that the very programs that could kick-start new careers won’t be available for all the students who want to enroll.

The Legislature last month sliced $84 million from the community- and technical-college budgets for the next biennium, while authorizing 12 percent-a-year tuition increases for the next two years.

Even before the cutbacks, classes at many of the state’s two-year schools had waitlists. Now, as the schools look for ways to trim further, it’s becoming likely that those waiting lists will grow still longer as classes are cut from the schedule. And some programs will be phased out altogether. [Continue reading at The Seattle Times]