Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Jobs in Metropolitan America
Education, long the key to opportunity in the United States, has
become simply essential to earning a decent living. By 2018, 63
percent of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary
education or training. Teachers and civic leaders stress the value
of study through high school and beyond, but to an alarmingly large
segment of America's population-including a disproportionate number
of ethnic and racial minorities-higher education seems neither
obtainable nor relevant. Preparing Today's Students for
Tomorrow's Jobs in Metropolitan America, edited by Laura W.
Perna, offers useful insights into how to bridge these gaps and
provide urban workers with the educational qualifications and
skills they need for real-world jobs.
Preparing Today's Students for Tomorrow's Jobs in Metropolitan
America probes more deeply than recent reports on the
misalignment between workers' training and employers' requirements.
Written by researchers in education and urban policy, this volume
takes a comprehensive approach. It informs our understanding of the
measurement and definition of the learning required by employers.
It examines the roles that different educational sectors and
providers play in workforce readiness. It analyzes the
institutional practices and public policies that promote the
educational preparation of today's students for tomorrow's jobs.
The volume also sheds light on several recurring questions, such as
what is the "right" amount of education, and what should be the
relative emphasis on "general" versus "specific" or "occupational"
education and training?
Ensuring that today's students have the education and training to
meet future career demands is critical to the economic and social
well-being of individuals, cities, and the nation as a whole. With
recommendations for institutional leaders and public policymakers,
as well as future research, this volume takes important steps
toward realizing this goal.
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