With today’s unemployment rate at 8.4% and 13.2 million people out of work, many displaced workers must find their way to new jobs and entirely new industry sectors and positions. As work, economic opportunity, and personal responsibility are critical to our free society, people need to be redeployed immediately without waiting for the government to help.
Making the connection between a worker’s existing capabilities and a new role will require a match between an individual’s work history and the requirements of the new job. This is a challenge for low-wage earners who face gaps in access to social capital.
Community colleges are playing a unique role in this ecosystem at this moment. They provide just-in-time training, upskilling, and reskilling certifications and credentials that are accessible and affordable, and a career pathway that can lead from an entry level job to a career position.
Kathleen deLaski, President, deLaski Family Foundation and Education Design Lab
Chike Aguh, Head of Economic Mobility Micro-Pathways, Education Design Lab
Jessica Greenway, Director, Training and Development, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Tinker Duclo, Vice President and Dean, Colorado Mountain College Rifle
Tony Mayer, Director of Economic Opportunity Programs, The Philanthropy Roundtable (Moderator)