We hear it every day: ‘The success or failure of our education system directly correlates to the success or failure of the U.S. economy.’ We know that learning and mastering essential skills, such as writing and mathematics, in K–12 and postsecondary schooling is crucial to landing a job and excelling in the workforce. Yet, it’s also known that American public schools are failing across the board.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted a forum today with business leaders, policymakers, and education innovators to discuss how to close our country’s ongoing skills gap crisis.
One key to thriving in a competitive global economy is a properly skilled workforce that can innovate, create new products and services, and bring them to market quickly and efficiently. America remains a leader in innovation, but its workforce is falling behind. Education and workforce development systems have not kept pace with the demands of the 21st century, and we all bear the costs of this failure. American businesses spend billions of dollars each year training their employees and pour billions more into education. Despite these substantial investments, employers continue to report that too many job seekers are unqualified for modern jobs.
In the 21st century, more than ever before, education is a nation’s economic engine. Ensuring that U.S.
By Ed Rust
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) has been reporting on the skills gap crisis in the country for months. As the education and workforce affiliate of the U.S.
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce’s (ICW) Cecilia Retelle recently participated in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) program which was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in 1982. The fellowship is designed to introduce a new generation of American leaders to Europe’s political, business, and cultural environment, through experiential learning. Participating fellows visit five cities during a 24-day trip and meet with a range of policymakers and corporate decision makers. Cecilia discusses two successful education and workforce development programs in Germany and Montenegro
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce will be attending the Nebraska Chamber Century 2012: Economic Futures Forum to discuss the report, Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education.