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New Online College Hires Ari Bader-Natal as Chief Technology Officer  - March 25, 2019

Heather Hiles Named As CEO and President of the California Online Community College District - February 6, 2019

Board to Vote on Heather Hiles as CEO and President of the California Online Community College District - February 6, 2019

California Community Colleges Launches Innovation Challenge to Reimagine Online Learning - February 5, 2019

Online Community College District Extends Search for CEO - November 16, 2018

California Community Colleges Committed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Online College to Provide Skills and Training for “Stranded” Working Adults - January 10, 2018

Op-Eds and Editorials

Why We're Building a New Kind of College. LinkedIn, Feb. 7, 2019

Opinion: Community colleges bringing innovation to educationThe Mercury News, Feb. 6, 2019

Editorial: Higher education takes tentative step into presentChico Enterprise-Record, Jul. 24, 2018

Opinion: Gov. Brown’s Online Community College Plan Could Solve Nursing CrisisTimes of San Diego, May 5, 2018

Community colleges deliver the good jobs that Trump keeps promising. So why does he dump on them?Los Angeles Times, Apr. 3, 2018

Forging New Territory OnlineInside Higher Ed, Mar. 20, 2018

This is how we educate California's workersSacramento Bee, Mar. 19, 2018

Bold plans for the country’s largest college system. A Q&A with California Community Colleges' chancellor, Eloy Ortiz OakleyThe San Diego Union-Tribune, Mar. 1, 2018

Innovative community colleges will strengthen the middle classBiden Forum, Feb. 28, 2018

Brown's online college idea opens doors for workers. Don't let lobbyists strangle itSacramento Bee, Feb. 16, 2018

Guest commentary: Why California policymakers need to reform higher education nowSilicon Valley Business Journal, Feb. 16, 2018

Online community college crucial for skilled workforceCapitol Weekly, Feb. 7, 2018

Working learners would benefit from new online community collegeThe San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 26, 2018

Media Coverage

New Chief of California's Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State's Work-Force Problem. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 7, 2019

Former Gates Foundation executive and entrepreneur to lead California's online community college. EdSource, Feb. 6, 2019

California's new online community college taps tech entrepreneur for top job. CALmatters, Feb. 6, 2019

California's Online Community College Chooses Its Leader. Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 6, 2019

Timeline for new California online college "aggressive" but doable, says community college chancellorEdSource, Aug. 6, 2018

California’s online community college will break new ground in higher edEdSource, Aug. 2, 2018

California’s new online-only community collegeOrange County Register, Jul. 31, 2018

Big changes coming to vital community collegesCALmatters, Jul. 30, 2018

Can a Huge Online College Solve California’s Work-Force ProblemsThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Jul. 29, 2018

As Gov. Brown urges work on new online college, community college faculty drop their oppositionEdSource, Jul. 16, 2018

Designing a 21st Century Community College for Working LearnersFuture Now - The IFTF Blog, Apr. 12, 2018

Serving California's 2.5 Million 'Stranded Workers'Inside Higher Ed, Apr. 6, 2018

Reskilling San Diegans can open up access to tech jobs and the middle classCalifornia Economic Summit, Apr. 3, 2018

Governor wants millions of working-class Californians to go to college online. Not everyone is soldKPCC, Apr. 3, 2018

California's online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakersEdSource, Apr. 11, 2018

Can an online college help the stranded worker in California?California Economic Summit, Mar. 29, 2018

Broad coalition of support grows for California’s online community college ideaCalifornia Economic Summit, Mar. 22, 2018

More Companies Teach Workers What Colleges Don'tThe Wall Street Journal, Mar. 22, 2018

How to upskill Silicon Valley’s workforce for the automation disruptionCalifornia Economic Summit, Mar. 16, 2018

Future blend: Community-supported high-tech learning could save workers stranded by technologyCalifornia Economic Summit, Mar. 14, 2018

Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — OnlineNPR ED, Mar. 9, 2018

Automation will require more future-proofing of skills among Southern California’s workforceCalifornia Economic Summit, Mar. 6, 2018

California aims to retool its workforce for the future of workCalifornia Economic Summit, Mar. 1, 2018

Siri, which online classes will lead to a great job?California Economic Summit, Feb. 20, 2018

Chancellor: California “working learners” to benefit from online Community CollegeCalifornia Economic Summit, Jan. 31, 2018

California’s Proposed Online Community College Steps Outside the Higher Ed ModelE Learning Inside News, Feb. 17, 2018

'We serve the top 100 percent': California community college chief responds to TrumpThe Washington Post, Feb. 16, 2018

Brown’s online college idea opens doors for workers. Don’t let lobbyists strangle itThe Sacramento Bee, Feb. 16, 2018

Retraining Workers for the Future EconomyPPIC Viewpoints, Feb. 13, 2018

Closing the Workforce Equity Gap with Accessible Online EducationMeeting of the Minds, Feb. 13, 2018

Statewide, Online, Nondegree, Competency-Based. Good Idea?Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 24, 2018

Jerry Brown's Big Idea For Upskilling WorkersForbes, Jan. 23, 2018

Online-only California community college to target 'stranded workers'EdSource, Dec. 8, 2017

This Week in California Education, EdSource Radio interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Dec. 1, 2017

Statewide and Online Only in CaliforniaInside Higher Ed, Nov. 13, 2017


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Publications about the Future of Work

The Third Education Revolution - Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy. The Atlantic, March 22, 2018

Towards a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All. World Economic Forum, in conjunction with the Boston Consulting Group, January 2018

One of the world’s biggest firms is spending $450 million to solve a world problem created by robots. Lianna Brinden, Quartz, Jan. 24, 2018

1 Million Workers Targeted in Tech-Reskilling Drive. World Economic Forum, Jan. 23, 2018

The Telegraph: Robots could take your job – but you can retrain to find a better one, says WEF report– Burning Glass Technologies, Jan. 22, 2018

Women Face Greater Robot Risk for Job Losses, Davos Report Finds. Jeff Green, Bloomberg, Jan. 21, 2018

The new economics of jobs is bad news for working-class Americans - and maybe for Trump. Brookings, Jan. 16, 2018

Community colleges focus on retraining workers displaced by artificial intelligence. Kate Hardiman, Washington Examiner, Jan. 12, 2018

AI and robots could threaten your career within 5 yearsCNBC, Oct. 5, 2017

Globalization and technological change have likely put downward pressure on less-educated workers' wagesHamilton Project, Brookings, Sept. 26, 2017

Next-Generation CBE: Designing Competency-based Education for Underprepared College Learners. Amy Giradi and Rachel Crew, Jobs For The Future, July 2016

Closing the pay gap and beyond: A comprehensive strategy for improving economic security for women and families. Economic Policy Institute, Nov. 18, 2015

Competency-Based Education Case Study study. University of Wisconsin System, with a grant from the Lumina foundation

Publications about Working Learners and their Barriers to Higher Education

The Adult Student: The Population Colleges – and the Nation – Can’t Afford to Ignore. The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2018

Understanding the New College Majority: The Demographic and Financial Characteristics of Independent Students and their Postsecondary Outcomes. Institute for Women's Policy Research, Feb. 20, 2018

EdX Quietly Developing ‘MicroBachelors’ Program. EdSurge, Jan. 25, 2018

What College is Like as a Single Mother. The Atlantic, Jan. 16, 2018

Retail's struggles are falling entirely on women. International Womens Policy & Research, December 2017

Undocumented high schoolers work long hours, putting college further out of reach. The Hechinger Report, Dec. 15, 2017

More college students are not getting enough to eat. PRI, Dec. 12, 2017

How Women Leaving Prison Are Finding Purpose In Their Lives. Forbes, Dec. 11, 2017

These factors keep millions of women from obtaining a bachelor's degree. Metro, Dec. 6, 2017

The Push for Education Programs That Pay People As They Learn. The Atlantic, Nov. 21, 2017

Beyond Financial Aid: Helping Adult Students with the Cost of College. Education Commission of the States, Nov. 21, 2017

Number of Single Mothers in College Doubled Over a Decade. Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Sept. 20, 2017

Could automation make life worse for women? Changing Women's Work. The Guardian, Dec. 7, 2016

Discovering Hidden Barriers to Community College Enrollment and Success. Higher Education Today, Oct. 24, 2016

Student Poverty Isn't an Excuse, It's a BarrierEducation Week, May 11, 2016

California Should Do More for Non-Traditional Low-Income Students. College Campaign

Single Moms and Welfare Woes: A Higher-Education Dilemma. The Atlantic, Aug. 1, 2015

Adult Completion in the 21st Century: What We Know and What We Don’t Know. Higher Ed Insight, June 2015

Degrees of Hope: Redefining Access for 21st Century StudentsInstitute for Higher Education, December 2014

Access to Attainment: An Access Agenda for 21st-Century College Students. Institute for Higher Education Policy, December 2014

Investing in a Skilled and Educated Workforce: Win-Win Solutions for America's Talent Crisis. Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Unite-LA, with funding and support from the Lumina Foundation 

Nontraditional No More: Policy Solutions for Adult Learners. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, November 2010

College Access for the Working Poor: Overcoming Burdens to Succeed in Higher Education. Institute for Higher Education Policy, July 2007

Enrollment and Retention Barriers Adult Students Encounter. Schoolcraft, Spring 2007

Adult Learners in Higher Education: Barriers to Success and Strategies to Improve Results. Jobs for the Future, Edventures and FutureWorks, March 2007

Moving People from Welfare to Work –MDRC, July 2002

Research Supporting Online Education for Adult Learners

Digital learning can make high-quality education more affordable and efficient, according to case studies of six prominent online portfoliosInside Higher Ed, Apr. 12, 2018

'MicroMasters' Surge As MOOCs Go From Education To Qualification. Forbes, Feb. 13, 2018

Gainfully Employed? Assessing the Employment and Earnings of For-Profit College Students Using Administrative Data. Brookings Summary of forthcoming paper from The Journal of Human Resources, Feb. 9, 2018

Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits. The evoLLLution, Feb. 7, 2018

Online education is increasing opportunities for disadvantaged students. Study International, Feb. 1, 2018

Arizona State University Online Performance Gap Analysis, Action Lab California Community College Study. Working Paper, Jan. 25, 2018

From our digital learning coverage: New US data show continued growth in college students studying online. Who were the big gainers and losers? Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2018

The Post-Traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success. American Council on Education, 2017

Lyft Partners with Guild Education and Becomes First Gig-Economy Company to Provide Access To Education Services to Contractors. Business Insider, Dec. 11, 2017

Students want outside classroom learning, marketable and flexible workforce skills, survey showsEducation Dive, Dec. 10, 2017

Stackable, flexible and connected options for college students. University Business, Nov. 24, 2017

As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt. EdSurge, Nov. 6, 2017

How flexible is flexible learning? Who is to decide and what are its implications? Distance Education Journal, Sept. 27, 2017

Plagued by scandal, for-profit colleges target single mothers. MarketWatch, Sept. 11, 2017

Expand Your CTE Program with Online and Blended Learning – Education Dive

Credentials Reform: How Technology and the changing Needs of the Workforce Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future. Connecting Credentials, May 20, 2016

Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Education: An Overview Of Programs, Policies And Practices. Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), March 2016

Adult Completion in the 21st Century: What We Know and What We Don’t Know. Higher Ed Insight, June 2015

Creating a Clear Path to Better Jobs for Low-Skilled Workers Stuck in Front-line Positions. Ed.Gov, Jan. 27, 2015

Access to Attainment: An Access Agenda for 21st-Century College Students. Institute for Higher Education Policy, December 2014

Subprime Students: How For-Profit Universities Make a Killing By Exploiting College Dreams. Mother Jones, Sept. 23, 2014

Portable, Stackable Credentials: A New Education Model for Industry-specific Career Pathways. Jobs for the Future, Nov. 1, 2012

Adult Learners in Higher Education: Barriers to Success and Strategies to Improve Results. Jobs for the Future, Edventures and FutureWorks, March 2007

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