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For the past nine years, the U.S. Chamber Foundation has sought to tackle the all-too-common challenge of successfully preparing talent for the work of today and tomorrow and ensure their skills align to employers’ needs. To achieve the type of behavior and systems change needed, we believed the approach had to be a significant departure from traditional workforce development efforts.
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At a time when we need to address STEM labor shortages, we cannot afford to leave segments of our population behind. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports a strategy to address these issues through the newly funded Community College Presidents’ Initiative in STEM Education. Community colleges, serving the most diverse student body in higher education, are fertile ground for effective diversification of the STEM workforce. 51% of community college students taking college credit classes are students of color.
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While corporations may use background policies or educational requirements as proxies for trust or ability, this isn’t borne out in the data. More importantly, it means that they are missing out on a highly committed, often diverse candidate pool that could contribute to their bottom line.
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The World Economic Forum estimates that 50 percent of all employees will need reskilling by 2025. And with nearly 10 million Americans currently unemployed, COVID-19 has accelerated the need for programs that help people upskill or reskill into new careers. At Google, we believe that economic opportunity should be available to everyone, and through our Grow with Google initiative, we've invested in building programs, products, and training to help create pathways to high-quality jobs.