Instead of “college for all,” let’s rally around “post-high school credentials for all” that demonstrate mastery of the skills employers demand. We need to develop robust pathways to community college, vocational schools, and other alternatives that lead directly to the workplace.
One group making headway in this area is Skills for America’s Future, an initiative of the Aspen Institute (which I am proud to be a part of) that advocates for more public-private partnerships between businesses and community colleges. At Accenture (ACN), for example, we’re working with the City Colleges of Chicago, one of the country’s largest community college systems, to provide students a series of job readiness workshops that teach them such skills as résumé writing, interviewing techniques, professional dress, and networking basics. Full article at Business Week