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Student loan debt in the United States is no joke. The total amount of debt has tripled since 2005 with college graduates and former students owing a jaw-dropping $1.6 trillion. Student loan debt is only surpassed by mortgage debt in the U.S.
The debt burden today’s college grads are carrying is actually changing the way millennials live their lives when compared to previous generations. Some have delayed marriage, put off buying a home, and even foregone having children due to their student loan burdens.
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Berea College was the focus of a feature story by Jeff Tyler recently broadcast by National Public Radio. Tyler, a journalist for NPR’s Marketplace and All Things Considered, recently visited Berea’s campus to prepare the story that focused on how Berea College and Alice Lloyd College provide no-tuition enrollment for college students and offer examples other American colleges might follow.
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Nerdwallet, a personal financial services blogsite that provides information on banking, credit cards, college loans, mortgage loans, insurance, and stock trading, highlighted Berea College in a recent article. The feature focused on Berea’s Student Labor Program and two other schools that are members of the Work Colleges Consortium that also require students to work.
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Berea College named Sylvia E.M. Asante as Dean of Labor, effective Monday, October, 1, 2017.
Asante most recently served as Associate Director of Career Development at Gettysburg College, where her work included career and professional development services for students and managing Student On-Campus Employment Services. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, a master of science degree in Counseling/College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology from Gettysburg College. Continue reading Sylvia E.M. Asante Named Dean of Labor at Berea College →
Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College
Roelofs is the featured author of an article published by Inside Higher Ed today. He describes Berea College’s distinctive Labor Program and cites how other colleges and universities might want to consider establishing a work program to increase student access and affordability.
Read the entire article online at Inside Higher Education.
Work has been central to a Berea College education since 1855. After Berea’s Labor Program was formally established, it began setting aside a day each year – Labor Day – to “celebrate work well done.” Continue reading 95 Years Old and Still Working →
Students gain valuable work experience serving the College and the community.
Labor is embedded in the history of Berea College. From its earliest days, Berea has enabled students to contribute to the cost of their education while gaining valuable work experience serving the college and surrounding communities. Historically, Berea’s Labor Program also allowed the College to operate in a self-sustaining manner, with students growing their own food and building their own living and learning facilities. As society has changed, the nature of the work has changed, but the underlying principles of the program have remained constant through the years. Continue reading The Berea College Labor Program →
Berea College’s popular Streamliner brooms were featured in a recent article titled “Better Brooms Make a Clean Sweep” published by the Baltimore Sun. Berea’s brooms top the list of products highlighted in the article. Continue reading Berea’s Student-made Brooms Featured in Baltimore Sun →
Berea College continues to draw national attention for helping students have little or no debt upon graduation. In an article by Nerdwallet Berea ranked #4 on the list of affordable schools and Berea’s Labor Program was featured as a major factor in making education affordable for students. Theresa Lowder, Berea’s director of financial aid services, and a Berea alumna herself, was quoted in the article.
A Berea College student and a supervising employee have been recognized by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). Kelly Grenier, a graduating senior (May 2015), has been selected as the recipient of the “MASEA Student Employee of the Year for the State of Kentucky.” Larky Crawford, of the Berea College art department, is the recipient of the first ever “MASEA Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for the State of Kentucky.” Continue reading Two from Berea College Get Top Honors in Kentucky →