With changes being brought on by technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing and robotics, the emerging economy will need very few workers who have not earned a postsecondary degree, training or a market-driven workforce credential. To meet the emerging needs of the workforce, our education system will need to adapt to prepare students for the future.
What’s missing in the current educational formula is the need to leave high school with both a diploma and market value assets. What would that look like? High school students would graduate from profession-based learning courses with real-world experience via internships and projects, as well as potentially earning dual college credits, an associate degree and industry-recognized credentials. Students who leave high school with both a diploma and market value assets are more likely to enroll in and finish postsecondary education and training.
In the Kansas City region, there are bright spots of innovation and opportunity created by business and industry leaders working alongside educators:
We are leaning forward toward the future, learning what it takes to prepare our students for a new world of work. As a community, we are working together to transform our systems for all students, readying our region to be a bright spot in the global economy.
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Check out the summary report on the community demand for relevant profession-based learning authored by Donna M. Deeds, educator in residence at the Kauffman Foundation. The report was released Nov. 9 at the 2017 Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit.
To read the original report in its entirety, click here (PDF).
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