One of the major challenges faced by many low-income and first generation students is the income gap. It looks a lot like chicken and egg: in order to get to school the student needs stable income, but in order to be hired earn income, he has to have training/education/skills.
On the other hand, according to NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) the top five desirable skills in candidates are:
- Ability to work in a team
- Communication Skills (written)
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Strong work ethics
Question: knowing that candidates need the skills, how might we create a partnership between colleges/employers/low income student and workforce centers to create a program where students can get paid internship, learn marketable skills, work on real life projects, potentially benefit the community their live in and earn extra cash to go to college?