Forum 6: Equity by Design: Job Preparedness and the 21st Century Workforce
Moderator: Allison Scott, PhD., Chief Research Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact
Panelist: Dr. Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., Ph.D., President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
Panelist: Peggy McLeod, VP, Education and Workforce Development, UnidosUS
Panelist: Spencer Overton, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
The adage about the importance of “learning on the job” carries fresh relevance with the rise of new technologies and emerging industries that did not exist a decade ago. This highly competitive tech economy demands a new educational framework that is skill and asset-based, and intentionally focused on preparing young people of every background to successfully compete in today's global marketplace. Career readiness approaches such as Apprenticeships provide a way in – and they are out there! Attendees will learn the breadth and diversity of career readiness and experiential programmatic approaches and pathways available today and those that will need to be enhanced in order to provide a robust set of pathways for 21st century careers.