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We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:

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Thursday October 26, 2017
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are advancing more rapidly than ever before. An AI system recently defeated the world’s best player of Go, an ancient Chinese strategy game significantly more complex than chess. Driverless cars have logged thousands of hours on public roads. AI means that productivity can continue to increase regardless of levels of employment. If AI disrupts the workforce the way it is projected to, the hardest hit will be low-income communities, which could be at great risk for falling further behind than they already are. What do we think makes these...
Tags: Future of Work, Economic Mobility
Tuesday September 19, 2017
Recently, I read an employer profile for the Kentucky-based materials manufacturer Universal Woods, written by Steven Dawson. Universal Woods is a manufacturer of hard surface panels and flooring headquartered in Louisville, KY, with 200 employees, and operations in Ohio, Australia, and Belgium. To many, Universal Woods embodies the idea of a  “good employer” – the type of employer that sees the worker as a trusted partner and creator of value for the business – and Dawson describes the work environment as one that nurtures the practice of learning from mistakes and working collaboratively,...
Tags: Student-Centered Learning, Deeper Learning, Future of Work, Developmental Education
Thursday September 14, 2017
By guest
The technological advances of the past 40 years have fueled the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has greatly impacted the modern workplace. The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production; the Fourth Industrial Revolution will use robotics, automation, computing, and the internet to transform the nature of work forever. While technology has made us more productive, it has changed many of the types of jobs we do, and how we do them. What does this mean for K-12 educators? How can this inform how we define getting our students “college and career ready”?...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Developmental Education, Work-Based Learning, Future of Work
Monday July 24, 2017
By guest
By Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development of the California Community Colleges Today’s job market is tough for the average college-educated American—but for someone without skills, it can be nearly impossible. And if we look to the future—with artificial intelligence and technologies beyond our current imagination poised to alter the workforce landscape—the challenge to remain marketable can be daunting for even the most experienced trade worker. Higher education is the stop-gap to thriving in the rapidly changing job market, with students looking to...
Tags: Future of Work, Workforce Partnership, Addressing Employer Needs
Monday May 22, 2017
Ready for the Robots? Let's Prepare Every Student for the Future of Work
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on May 10, 2017. Could you be replaced by a robot? If not today, will automation claim your job—or your children's jobs—within several decades? As anxieties escalate about the "Future of Work," few things are certain but this: No one can predict exactly what the jobs of the future will be. ​But what about the skills of the future? Which abilities are most vital for young people to be able to navigate an ever-changing economy? Turns out that's something more and more people agree on, and it's not memorizing facts and reproducing...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA, Future of Work