Top Stories in Literacy: June 25

Top Stories in LiteracyNew Report: 90 Million Low-skilled workers to be out of work for good
According to a just-released report by the McKinsey Global Institute, between 90 and 95 million low-skilled workers, or 2.6% of the global workforce, could be permanently jobless by 2020. At the same time, employers will increasingly seek medium-  and high-skilled workers, meaning those who have completed secondary school and some vocational training, and workers with college or postgraduate degrees.

Graduate of Saint Leo’s online degree in Business Administration earns cash scholarship
Adult learner Shakeya Scott recently earned her online degree in business administration, and received the Dr. Michael Rogich Endowed Center for Online Learning Student Award, for being an outstanding representative of Saint Leo University.

A better way to reduce Florida’s high prison costs
One of the key elements in the Government Efficiency Task Force’s 250-page report is reform of the criminal justice system and a shift in corrections priorities. The commission proposed sound and proven policies that reduce recidivism — inmate education, vocational training and literacy programs.

States form coalition to boost career training
More than a year after the release of a Harvard University report encouraging the development of more pathways to careers for young adults, a coalition of six states has begun taking steps toward offering viable alternatives for students beyond attending a four-year college.

Top Stories in Literacy: June 18

Top Stories in LiteracyFlorida’s First Lady kicks off 2012 Summer Literacy Adventure
The Literacy Adventure challenges children to read as many books as possible over summer vacation. Mrs. Scott encouraged the children to make it fun and share their reading with friends and family.

Adult Spelling Bee raises funds for Marion County Literacy Council
The Eighth, and final, annual Adult Spelling for Marion County Literacy Coalition had 125 attendees and raised over $10,000 for the Literacy Coalition.

Leave No Young Adult Behind
The Associated Press recently reported that half of those under 25 years of age with a bachelor’s degree — or 1.5 million people — are jobless or underemployed. But things are even worse for the 6.7 million young people who neither have a college degree nor a job — so-called “disconnected youth.”

Florida State College- Jacksonville Students Forced to Repay Pell Grants After Audit
Students at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Fla. may be forced to repay Pell Grants after the institution erroneously doled out at $2.8 million in financial aid, college administrators announced Tuesday during a news conference.

Top Stories in Literacy : May 21

Top Stories in LiteracyEmployment Prospects Dim for Young Adults with Autism
Young adults with an autism spectrum disorder are less likely to continue their education or get a job after high school when compared to young adults with other disabilities, new research indicates.

Community Effort: Initiative to Boost Early Literacy Launched
Organizers in Lakeland launched a new effort last Tuesday to train volunteers and match them with children in an effort to improve early literacy. The program will start with six schools in Polk County and two in Highlands County.

First Lady Ann Scott Reveals Live. Read. Learn!
The First Lady, in partnership with the nonprofit Volunteer USA Foundation – with funding from Dollar General Foundation and Scholastic FACE (Family and Community Engagement) – unveiled the Love.Read.Learn!™ scrapbook style journal. The journals are designed to be one of the first gifts a child receives, reinforcing the state’s commitment to literacy and health.

$1 Million gift funds learning institute for adults at Penn State
More than 73 percent of working adults age 17 + have participated in informal learning programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. A second $1 million gift from Bernard Osher Foundation will enable  the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State to expand informal learning opportunities for adults age 50 and older.