Developing Skills That Lead to Jobs: Designing the New Normal with a Four-Point Plan

As 2020 has brought a pandemic, an acceleration into the future of work and a recession, higher education needs somewhat of a reform to accommodate today’s diverse learner population.

Let’s play a game of Jeopardy. The category is Learn-and-Work Ecosystem for $200. The answer: pandemic, future of work, and recession. The winning question: What is the perfect storm of 2020?

Unfortunately, this is not a game. We’re in the middle of a perfect storm: the largest pandemic of our lives; a major acceleration of the future of work; and the biggest recession in decades. Employers, policymakers and credential providers must work together to design the “new normal” in our economic recovery. Whatever normal was, is no longer.

We must build better programs that accelerate the development of skills that lead people to jobs. Fortunately, technology is on our side. We can leverage the power and promise of technology,

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