Colleges feel pressure to help produce jobs, deliver technology training

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Local colleges and universities still bursting with recession-driven enrollments are turning, albeit belatedly, to incentives to not only attract and retain students but to find them jobs in lucrative technology fields.

It’s all about accountability: Students demand greater results for their money, President Barack Obama and Congress want to rank colleges and universities based partly on their graduates’ earnings and employment stats, and Chicago’s growing technology community is proving to be a braintrust starving for higher-education resources such as research, mentorship and skill-building.

The stakes are global. Young people and higher-education institutions in Chicago and nationwide must seize the moment to create and fill good-paying jobs or fall further behind, recent reports show.

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