There's a labor shortage, but are there jobs for people who only hold a h.s. diploma or equivalency certificate?
The Executive Director of a Boston-based college and career readiness organization that serves high school students through the use of a blended learning approach, Gary Kaplan, has a blog entitled "Labor Shortage Continues. 99% of Jobs Go to College Graduates." In it he documents that in some parts of the country employers are not hiring people who only have high school diplomas.
- What's the employment outlook for your graduates now that the national unemployment rate, 4.3%, is at a 16-year low?
- Are employers in your community hiring people who may have only a high school diploma, or an HSE, or perhaps even without these certifications?
- Are employers in your community complaining that there is "a real shortage of available workers, especially in skilled trades"?
- How does this comment by a Fortune 500 Industrial CEO strike you? "The computer is the new tool box. There’s one every 20 feet on our shop floor. Our workers need to be able to think creatively and solve problems. There are no jobs in advanced manufacturing for high school diplomas.” If you agree, how is your program addressing this need for your students?
- Have you read this report, "“America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots” from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce? Does it speak to the reality in your community?
- Do you agree with Gary Kaplan that we need to address a job economy that is not changing but has already changed? If so, what can we do to help adult learners meet their needs for work in this new economy?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
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