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SynED recognizes that traditional education is challenged by multiple forces: an accelerating pace of change, rapidly evolving educational technologies, and a web of cultural/sociological evolution that confront existing models of education and the workplace. Formal education has evolved into a complex multi-faceted, life-long activity no longer delivered in a monolithic block during one’s first twenty years.

Awareness of current and future trends arms educators, employers and citizens with key knowledge to make relevant decisions and create effective organizations to support those evolving needs. At the heart of synED’s charter and passion is the investigation and discussions of our evolving world with those who are acutely impacted by it. Our Research and ReportOUT division is dedicated to monitoring, investigating and stimulating conversation and action around these universal issues. By anticipating these dynamics, synED seeks to spur transformations in institutional education and independent learning.

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SBCC Career Skills Institute - Digital Badge Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Guy Smith, Executive Director (805) 448-0496 [email protected] Das Williams provides early leadership in alternative credentials to Address Growing Skills Gap in the Workplace Assembly member Das…

AB 405 - An Opportunity to Provide a 4 Year IT Degree in the California Community Colleges

Fellow IT and Cybersecurity Industry and Educators, I have heard from many of you over the past year, as we supported a number of CA Community College events and programs, that the real challenge for our students is to advance in a skill-based…

Fewer Good Jobs for College Grads? Not So, Says New Study

By Beckie Supiano The emerging conventional wisdom is that America's post-recession recovery was dominated by the rise of low-paying, part-time service jobs. But a new analysis challenges that narrative, finding that 2.9 million of the 6.6…

Press Release - Healthcare Workforce Education Roundtable

SANTA BARBARA— Assembly member Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) participated in a Healthcare Workforce Education Roundtable on Wednesday, October 8th. The roundtable discussion was hosted by SynED, which seeks to identify priorities, values…

Santa Barbara Healthcare Roundtable 2014

Select healthcare leadership in the Santa Barbara region and special guest Das Williams, Assembly Member and Chair of the CA Assembly Higher Education Committee met at Antioch University on October 8, 2014 at a meeting convened by SynED,…

Digital Badge Review Meeting 2014

On May 16, 2014 a group of professionals representing various stakeholder viewpoints in workforce education gathered at Los Positas College to discuss the vision and issues relating to giving recognition for skills acquired in both tradition…

How the Changing Education Landscape is Helping Entrepreneurs

The higher-education industry is changing drastically and that change is good for business -- and entrepreneurs. Colleges and universities are no longer the gatekeeper of information or the only game in town. Instead, numerous new providers…

Is College Worth It For Me?

How Adults Without Degrees Think About Going (Back) to School A report by Public Agenda, with support from The Kresge Foundation NOVEMBER 2013 SynED Commentary We have included the executive summary of this report here to recognize the great…

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