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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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California’s 115th Community College: Fully Online for Equity and Economic Growth February 2018

Governor Brown’s budget proposal to establish the 115th community college as a fully online campus will give California’s stranded workers a flexible affordable learning option and the opportunity to advance in today’s economy. Creating…

SynED.org grows into new divisions to augment education system needs for support

SynED.org Founders Guy Smith and Scott Young knew that there had to be a better way. A lifelong interest in students and the workforce, one as a community college professor and Dean, the other as a curriculum developer and consultant…

Governor’s Online College to Provide Skills and Training for “Stranded” Working Adults

Governor Jerry Brown, whose first elected position in political life was as a community college district trustee in Los Angeles, makes a priority his proposal for an online community college in his final State of the State address in January…

California legislators make cybersecurity education a top priority

Educators, government and business come together to meet workforce demand and create opportunities for students across the state. SACRAMENTO — No matter how you count, there’s a major shortage of cybersecurit workers in California. There…

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…

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