Best of the West: Study shows college, career disconnect; National Parks break records; Colorado, Wyoming girls take on cybersecurity

The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are the western stories for the week starting January 15, 2018, that you don't want to miss.

A new study reveals that only a third of college students “believe they will graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in the job market and in the workplace.” The Strada-Gallup 2017 College Student Survey also reports that “just half believe their major will lead to a good job.” Read the Report.

Additionally, business owners are having trouble finding enough skilled employees. A recent Washington Post article outlines this gap, and the challenges employers face in “the country’s biggest scramble for workers in decades.”

To improve student confidence and achievement, the Gallup study suggests ways education staff can provide career-specific support. Faculty-initiated conversations about career options with students, as well as students’ belief that their school is committed to helping them find a rewarding career, are both indicators of success. Download the Gallup report.

Learn more about this issue by visiting the website for the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative.

They Found Their Park: A number of National Parks in the West -- including Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Zion and Bryce Canyon -- experienced record-breaking attendance in 2017. Yellowstone recorded its second busiest year on record. To learn more about National Parks Services visitation, click here.

Dry Conditions: Extreme drought in South Dakota has improved to severe, but drought has expanded in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. In Utah, low snow caused an expansion of moderate to severe drought throughout the state. Read the most recent drought summary.

Montecito Update: California continues to recover from devastating wildfires and mudslides in Montecito. Officials are now working to clear millions of pounds of mud and debris that killed at least 20 people and destroyed more than 100 homes.

STEM Opportunity for Young Women: Officials in Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming are encouraging girls to get involved with cybersecurity through a new initiative. Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperWyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced their states will participate in Girls Go CyberStart, which promotes cybersecurity to high schoolers through no-cost online challenges.   

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