High-tech manufacturing companies like Boeing are concerned about the United States’ ability to sustain its leadership role in technology and innovation. The state of American education—and even the academic rigor required to earn an engineering degree—has become a frequent talking point at the national level. Some even mistakenly theorize that our students are not up to the challenge of studying engineering, math, and science because it’s just too hard. The answer to this national crisis lies not in changing the engineering, math, and science curriculum but in changing learning environments and how these subjects are taught.
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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.
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.
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
On March 12, the White House announced a new proposal that seeks to merge parts of the Workforce Investment Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. The new program, dubbed the “Universal Dislocated Worker Program” (UDWP), would provide job search assistance, training, and other benefits for up to a million dislocated workers.
ICW's Caitlin Ward presented the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce's State of the Chamber breakfast on December 10th.
October 5th marked the inaugural summit on community colleges, where representatives from business, government, philanthropy, and educational institutions came together for a discussion of the important role community colleges play in preparing students to enter the workforce.