Enrollment Is Up at Nontraditional Schools
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As the education and workforce affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce is in the unique position of speaking directly with business leaders around the country about the uncertainty they face when it comes to finding qualified workers.
Time and time again, we hear “I have open jobs but what I don’t have is a pipeline of skilled talent to fill those jobs.” As we have discussed, the education community needs to do a better job of providing an education in areas where there is a high demand for skilled workers.
Well, it looks as if nontraditional schools are listening.
A recent CNNMoney article explains how there is a surge in enrollment at technical schools as some manufacturing jobs are coming back from overseas and new ones are being created.
Basically, the demand for high-skilled workers is starting to connect with those looking for a new career and those looking to advance in the one they currently have.
Additionally, there’s a big payoff for a student receiving a technical accreditation: starting salaries can be as much as $50,000-$60,000.
Technical schools are playing an active role in putting a dent in the more than 3.4 million unfilled jobs around the country. Schools like these provide a great service to employers and the workforce—providing direct training in careers that the business community actually needs. Nontraditional schools will not solve all of our problems around the skills gap, but they are playing an important role in helping to close it.
On September 20, ICW will host business leaders, policymakers, and innovative education organizations to discuss a wide variety of issues throughout postsecondary education and the workforce at an event titled, Help Wanted: Addressing the Skills Gap at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in joining us or want to learn more, please visit the ICW website.