Credit: Terrell Clark for The Hechinger Report With tens of millions of workers now unemployed and needing to learn new skills, President of Western Governors University, Scott Pulsipher and I discuss how investment and the pace of innovation need to increase to create a better equipped and more equitable workforce. Read more in The Hechinger Report.
With all of the coverage on the state of education during COVID-19, one important topic is being overlooked. Half of the US labor market is comprised of middle-skill workers. These are the people on the frontlines right now, the ones who are eligible for open roles in key industries, but the ones who are not being […]
I spoke with Mike Palmer to share five predictions for the Future of Work in his podcast, Trending in Education. With the middle skill workforce so heavily impacted by automation and changes in learning format, it’s important for companies to be ready for change in 2020. In this podcast, we discuss the trends Penn Foster […]
Though nearly two-thirds of Americans do not have four-year college degrees, many have the skills employers are looking for. Still, middle-skill industry employers are requiring bachelor degrees for jobs that don’t really need them, leading to suboptimal hiring choices. Education providers must now translate these skills into signals that employers recognize. The challenge is recognizing […]
Closing the middle skills gap was a hot topic of conversation at SXSWEDU 2019, and Penn Foster was right in the middle of the discussion. Panelists from education and workforce development organizations identified four areas of focus that could help close the middle skills gap, creating opportunity for workers and employers alike. Bringing their ideas […]