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Current Trends in U.S. Education and Workforce

Statistics Demonstrating the Need for Workforce Development

  • It is estimated that about 6,000 students drop out of U.S. high schools every day.
  • 90% of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some form of post secondary education.
  • Presently, only 38% of youth in the U.S. get 2-year or 4-year college degrees.
  • Over 26 million adults in the U.S. currently have no high school diploma and over 32 million have not attended college and are earning less than a living wage.

According to a recent report issued by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) in Alexandria, Virginia,

“At the same time that the global, knowledge-based economy places an ever-growing premium on talent, creativity, and efficiency of the workforce, U.S. business leaders talk of a widening ‘skills gap’ between skills their organizations need to grow and the current capabilities of their employees.”

What is a “Skills Gap”?

“A skills gap is a significant gap between the skills an organization needs and the current capabilities of its workforce/employees. It’s the point where an organization can no longer grow and/or remain competitive in its industry because its employees do not have the right skills to help drive positive growth that supports the organization’s strategies and goals.”

The Workforce Development staff at the Simon Kenton Council is committed to providing quality career exploration experiences for young people to help them prepare for career choice decisions. To learn more about how your organization can make a positive difference in the future workforce through the Exploring program, click the link below or contact the Exploring staff of central Ohio at (614) 310-1567.

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