Skill Podcast

Skill - Peter Callstrom - CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership

Peter Callstrom is the President and CEO of the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), the local Workforce Development Board for the City and County of San Diego. In early 2019, SDWP launched the first-of-its-kind Workforce Income Share Agreement (ISA) Fund. Capitalized with over $3M from initial philanthropic donations, the fund pays for post-secondary skills training in priority occupations.

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Skill - Warren Shaeffer - Co-Founder of Knowable

Warren and the team at Knowable are building audio courses to help people learn new skills from world leading experts and storytellers. Yes, it's an education podcast featuring an education company that is turning podcasts into audio courses to help educate people...our most meta conversation yet!

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Skill - Alec Resnick - Director of Powerderhouse Studios

Is innovation possible in the traditional K-12 system? Today, a conversation with Alec Resnick, the co-founder of Powderhouse Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts. Powderhouse was nearly the first self-directed, public, in-district high school in the country. Over the course of more than five years, the Powderhouse team (with support from a wide variety of community organizations, foundations, experts, and policymakers) worked closely with Somerville Public Schools to develop a detailed, practical, and piloted plan to open a new high school…which was thwarted at the last minute by Somerville’s Superintendent and School Committee.

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Skill - Tim Spurlock - President of American Diesel Training Centers

Tim Spurlock is the Co-Founder and President of American Diesel Training Centers in Columbus, Ohio. ADTC is a mechanic academy that trains students from any background to become diesel engine mechanics in 12 weeks.

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Skill - Kerry McDonald - Author of "Unschooled"

Kerry McDonald is the Author of "Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom". She is also a frequent Forbes contributor on education topics, a Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.

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Skill - Shaan Hathiramani - Flockjay - The Best On-ramp Into Tech

Shaan Hathiramani is the founder of Flockjay, an education startup based in Silicon Valley. Flockjay is a sales academy that trains students from any background to become sales reps for tech companies in only 12 weeks.

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Skill - Josh Scott - President at Guild Education - Education Benefits for Workers

Josh is the President at Guild Education in Denver. Guild has partnered with WalMart, Chipotle, Disney and more to offer education benefits to over 3 million employees.

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Skill - Garrett Smiley - Co-Founder at Sora Schools - Reimagining High School

Garrett Smiley is the Co-Founder of Sora Schools, an education startup based in Atlanta. Sora is an online, project-based high school where students explore their interests, learn however is best for them, and gain exposure to future careers and fields of work.

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Skill - Michael Itzkowitz - Senior Fellow at Third Way - Higher Ed is Now a Literal Gamble

Michael is responsible for shaping the higher education advocacy agenda at Third Way, a center-left think tank that the New York Times calls a bunch of “radical centrists”. Michael works to develop and implement policies to ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality programs that will equip them to succeed in the 21st century economy. Michael discusses Third Way's recent report, "Higher Ed’s Broken Bridge to the Middle Class".

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Skill - Sylvain Kalache - Co-Founder of Holberton School - Like Stanford, But Without Professors

Sylvain is the Co-Founder of Holberton School, a community driven school offering a two-year program to become a Full Stack Software Engineer using project based and peer learning methodologies. Holberton graduates earn more than similar CS grads from Stanford and MIT, but unlike these colleges, Holberton has no professors or teachers.

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Skill - Tramane Hall - Lambda School Grad - The American Dream is Real

Tramane is a recent graduate of Lambda School's Full Stack Web development program. He talks about his challenging life path before getting into Lambda School, and why the opportunity to hone his skills was such a game changer for him and his family. This story is an amazing example of how skill academies are providing a new path to achieve the American Dream.

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Skill - Rick O'Donnell - CEO of Skills Fund - Fueling the Accelerated Learning Revolution

Rick is the CEO and founder of Skills Fund, which provides students with funding to attend accelerated learning programs that have been rigorously vetted on the quality of their student outcomes. Previously, Rick founded and worked in multiple education technology companies, including the Acton Foundation, College Portfolio, and Fullbridge. Rick also spent time in the public sector, leading the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Rick talks about the challenges that we face in reforming higher ed, the history and future of accelerated learning programs, and the unsettled debate about whether loans or ISAs are better for students.

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Skill - Isaac Morehouse - CEO of Crash - Launching Careers Without Credentials

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac has written 8 books about work and education, including "Don't Do Stuff You Hate" and "The Future of School: Reimagining Higher Education for the Next Generation". When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, reading, writing, and watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan.

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Skill - Kim Taylor - CEO of Cluster - Hiring and Upskilling Engineers for Industry 4.0

Kim Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Cluster, a venture-backed marketplace that matches engineers to jobs and training in the industrial sector. Initially, Kim was trying to understand how the "skills gap" was impacting industrial America. But when she found a SpaceX engineer who couldn't switch careers, she realized something was wrong with this theory. Kim tells us how her 2nd venture backed company, Cluster, is solving the real problems facing industrial tech talent in America, today.

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Skill - Community Update from Chuck Trafton - edly

Today, I'm trying something new, a "Community Update" with Friend of the Show, Chuck Trafton, President of edly - The ISA Marketplace.

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Skill - Mona Mourshed - CEO of Generation - Tackling Global Youth Unemployment

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed, despite the fact that many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Today, we learn how Mona Mourshed and her team at Generation help youth (and recently, older, displaced workers) to gain these skills in countries from Kenya, to Brazil, to the United States.

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Skill - Mike Slagh - CEO of Shift - Helping Veterans Shift Careers

Every year, nearly 250,000 Americans from every town, and every walk of life, enter the workforce. They excel at teamwork, project completion, and soft skills. Today, we learn how Mike Slagh and his team help these amazing U.S. veterans shift to new careers, and in turn, better understand how any American can shift careers themselves.

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Skill - Jamai Blivin - CEO of Innovate + Educate - Skills-based Hiring

We talk a lot about skills today, but this actually is a recent phenomenon. My guest, Jamai Blivin, describes the history of how her non-profit, Innovate + Educate, coined and popularized skills-based hiring across the country, and lays out a vision for how higher ed can adapt to the new world of skills.

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Skill - Carlo Salerno - Education Economist - Why Colleges Should Cosign Student Loans

If you believe that colleges require more "skin in the game" to improve student outcomes, there is only one place to look: student loans. My guest, Carlo Salerno, makes the case for mandating that colleges share financial risk with their students.

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Skill - Chuck Trafton - President of edly - Leveling the Playing Field with ISAs

Yes, Income Share Agreements are innovations in educational financing. But, they may also be our best tool for helping untapped student groups access educational opportunities. Have we buried the lede when talking about ISAs?

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Skill - Trace Urdan - Knowledge Market Expert - The Profit Motive In Higher Education

The profit motive has led to so many innovations in higher education. So, why are we uncomfortable talking about it?

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Why I'm Changing The Podcast Name to "Skill" (Bonus Episode)

I’m excited to announce that I’m changing the name of this podcast to Skill.

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