first published in Chief Executive
Unlike the recession in 2008, the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19 has touched every single American; for many, in unfathomable ways. Workers who have been laid off need access to better career navigation and guidance, wraparound support services, and targeted educational experiences so they can fill their skills gaps and move ahead.
The pandemic has laid bare how fragile our multiple, fragmented systems of K–12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce training are. But it’s precisely the cracks in our workforce infrastructure that reveal how we turn calamity into opportunity. Instead of continuing to work in parallel silos, we need to design a new learning ecosystem that is fundamentally more navigable, supportive, targeted, integrated and transparent.
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