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Keeping students engaged

As college enrollment sags by 26% since 2010, higher education institutions look for creative ways to keep their students engaged. Indian River State College announced this week it will begin using a digital platform from the New York City-based startup Rah Rah as it attempts to keep its students from dropping out. The mobile app aggregates numerous institutional systems into a single interface, providing students a way to check on everything related to their college life, like sporting events, advising and financial dealings. Leaders at Indian River, a college based in Fort Pierce, Florida, that advertises itself as “the most affordable college in Florida,” said they needed a way to keep their students, most of whom don’t live on campus, connected and engaged wherever they live. Colin Wood reports.

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Apple's Propel Center

To create more education opportunities for people of color, Apple announced on Wednesday plans to fund a $25 million innovation and learning hub, called the Propel Center, for students attending historically Black colleges and universities. It also announced plans develop coding and tech education programs for students in Detroit. The new projects are part of Apple’s $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative project, which aims to expand opportunities for communities of color across the country and to help build the next generation of diverse leaders. Betsy Foresman has more.

Pre-apprenticeship program challenge

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday announced it’s chosen 95 organizations from around the country as finalists in a competition to develop pre-apprenticeship adult education programs. The finalists, selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants to the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, include colleges, community organizations and correctional facilities, each with ideas on how to create opportunities for adult learners who need additional help entering the workforce or improving their skills to advance their careers. Colin has the details.

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