A thriving workforce is at the heart of SREB’s mission to improve education and help states build robust economies.
Technology promises seismic shifts in the jobs of tomorrow. SREB is committed to helping state leaders find solutions to the challenge of preparing children, youth and adults for a changing workplace.
Recent SREB commissions have addressed how schools and colleges can prepare students for the world of work. Our analysts monitor data on educational attainment and workforce trends, and our school improvement programs help schools adopt high-quality career pathways.
The reauthorization of three federal statutes — the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act and Perkins V — has given states the chance, and an unprecedented flexibility, to align all three in powerful ways. This brief includes questions that state legislators and other policymakers can ask to determine how to best implement them as one coherent system.
Many good jobs require some postsecondary education or training with a certificate or associate degree but not a bachelor’s degree. Already, most states need more workers at this level. From 1991 to 2015, a loss in blue-collar non-bachelor’s degree good jobs in SREB states was often offset by an increase in skilled-services good jobs for workers without bachelor’s degrees.
Look a decade ahead, at a workplace transformed by technology that could leave millions of people unemployed and millions of middle-skills jobs with no one to fill them. Explore what states can do to prepare today’s students and tomorrow’s adults for a changed workforce.
Meagan Crowe, Policy Analyst, SREB
Joan Lord, Vice President, SREB
Date and Time
Thursday, May 23
1 to 1:30 pm EST
Report Urges Action to Narrow 2030 Skills Gap
States can retool adult education to prepare vulnerable workers
A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board urges leaders to look a decade ahead and prepare their states for changes that threaten to leave millions of people unemployed and millions of middle-skills jobs with no one to fill them.
Low-skilled workers are being left behind as technology shifts the workforce toward the middle-skills level. Educators and policymakers will need to reach these adults with education and training to fill plentiful, well-paying middle-skill jobs in their states. This fact sheet summarizes trends and state policy concerns.
SREB Fact Book Table 7
High school diploma, bachelor’s degree, 25 to 44 years, broken out by race/ethnicity and gender, 50 states and four regions
|Mississippi||40.9%||Reach the national
|North Carolina||49%||2 million North Carolinians
age 25 to 44 have earned
a degree or credential
|Texas||43%||60% of adults
Inspiring Students to Explore STEM with SREB’s Advanced Career Courses
How AC’s nine pathways connect classrooms, college and the careers of the future
As you know, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are in high demand in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven economy. Leading employers prize job candidates with strong communication and teamwork skills who anticipate workplace problems and can apply literacy, math and technical know-how to solve them. (Learn more in this Business Roundtable report).
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School
How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the BSN and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).
The Report of the SREB Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology
SREB’s Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology offers five actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science and explore and choose careers in computing fields.
More and more jobs require some education past high school, yet we are not preparing enough students for college, careers or both. Career pathways from middle and high school through college and into the workplace can accelerate access to the middle class.
Facilitating the Creation of Tomorrow’s Workforce
The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program and NASA Partnership
SREB’s Doctoral Scholars Program partnered with NASA to diversify the STEM workforce. NASA scholars attended the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring and received professional development and recruitment opportunities. Eleven of them are spotlighted in this publication.
SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education offered eight actions states can take to build rigorous, relevant career pathways. Supported by policies and practices described in the report, these actions can help states increase the percentage of young adults earning valuable industry and postsecondary credentials.