There’s an opportunity for four-year and two-year colleges to work more closely with industry to ensure the degree and certification programs being offered are meeting workforce needs.
I think we will see more emphasis on workforce-driven education in the next few years, and it’s long overdue. For too long, there has been a significant disconnect between how P-12 students are taught, how they are prepared in college, and what the workforce really needs. In fact, I support the notion of having business and industry representatives serving on Advisory Councils in every P-12 school district, and in every institution of higher education. Those Councils should have considerable influence in curriculum, instruction, and programming.
As an extension of their involvement, workforce representatives should partner with local school districts and higher ed institutions in local communities to support paid apprenticeships and internships for students to explore career opportunities.