Narrowing The Widening Skills Gap In America

Career College Central summary:

  • There’s a widening gap in the United States between unemployed individuals and companies in need of work. While many young adults can’t find jobs, many employers say they can’t find enough qualified applicants for filling skilled jobs.
  • The question is what can be done to address that. On Friday at the Forbes Reinventing America conference, educators united with nonprofits and business leaders to discuss this pressing issue.
  • Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, addressed several reasons why the skills gap exists: “First, there’s an information gap. 115,000-120,000 students show up at our colleges every year. Besides the basic things they’ve heard, they don’t understand that there are 84,000 open jobs in health care, 100,000 or more coming in transportation. How can we give them the skills they need if they don’t know what’s out there? The other thing is that employers must become part of the educational curriculum to ensure that our degrees are reflective of what’s important in the workforce today.”

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