A thriving workforce is at the heart of SREB’s mission to improve education and help states build robust economies.
Technology promises seismic shifts in the jobs of tomorrow. SREB is committed to helping state leaders find solutions to the challenge of preparing children, youth and adults for a changing workplace.
Recent SREB commissions have addressed how schools and colleges can prepare students for the world of work. Our analysts monitor data on educational attainment and workforce trends, and our school improvement programs help schools adopt high-quality career pathways.
The federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century (Perkins V), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Every Student Succeeds Act statutes have recently been reauthorized, giving states an opportunity to coordinate education and workforce development efforts. To support states as they finalize their new Perkins V and WIOA plans and consider updates to their ESSA plans, SREB reviewed a sample of states’ existing plans and identified six ways states have missed opportunities in the past to align work funde
As companies continue to incorporate new technologies, making machine learning and robotics common in almost all workplaces, more and more working adults need to adapt to computerized work activities. Many need to move into new jobs raising their skill levels, or they will be out of a job altogether. This policy brief examines the ways automation and artificial intelligence will impact the workforce and encourages states and industry leaders to act quickly to prepare employees for the workplace transformations.
This report provides an overview of the top five education issues on the 2020 legislative agendas in SREB states, including:
• postsecondary access and affordability
• K-12 funding
• the educator workforce
• school safety and school climate
Workforce-Driven Financial Aid: Policies and Strategies
Essential Elements of State Policy For College Completion
The rapidly evolving workplace has created a shortage of skilled and educated workers in many fields, leaving essential jobs unfilled and millions of adults unqualified for them. This policy brief summarizes statewide strategies to support financial assistance for students in programs designed to address workforce needs. It includes suggestions for states that are evaluating, or considering creating, workforce-driven financial aid policies.
States face an uphill battle in meeting the needs of adult learners, especially at a time when technology is advancing rapidly. Adults can turn to adult education programs to improve their skills, but enrollments have fallen in recent years.
Technology is advancing at unprecedented rates. Though there have been grand transformations in information technologies, including computers, cell phones, automated services and customer-facing machines, these changes will likely be dwarfed by others in the coming decades. Automated vehicles and artificial intelligence have the capacity to reshape not only our workforce but our social and political systems. Machine learning will create work tasks in the future that can only be imagined today.
If we don’t act to change how we educate children and train adults, millions of vulnerable workers and their children could be stuck in a cycle of poverty. Dive into profiles of the potential effects on each SREB state.
Three Federal Statutes, One State Plan
Coordinating ESSA, Perkins V and WIOA to address rapidly evolving education and workforce needs
This policy brief examines strategies to align state plans for three federal statutes, the Every Student Succeeds Act, Perkins V and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to address rapidly evolving education and workforce needs and the steps states can take to streamline their K-12, CTE and workforce development systems.
The reauthorization of three federal statutes — the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act and Perkins V — has given states the chance, and an unprecedented flexibility, to align all three in powerful ways. This brief includes questions that state legislators and other policymakers can ask to determine how to best implement them as one coherent system.
Many good jobs require some postsecondary education or training with a certificate or associate degree but not a bachelor’s degree. Already, most states need more workers at this level. From 1991 to 2015, a loss in blue-collar non-bachelor’s degree good jobs in SREB states was often offset by an increase in skilled-services good jobs for workers without bachelor’s degrees.
The federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, known as Perkins V, requires agencies to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment to guide their local applications. View the recording of this webinar designed to help states determine what guidance and resources to provide local education agencies as they conduct their comprehensive local needs assessments.
Look a decade ahead, at a workplace transformed by technology that could leave millions of people unemployed and millions of middle-skills jobs with no one to fill them. Explore what states can do to prepare today’s students and tomorrow’s adults for a changed workforce.
Report Urges Action to Narrow 2030 Skills Gap
States can retool adult education to prepare vulnerable workers
New report urges leaders to look a decade ahead and prepare their states for changes that threaten to leave millions unemployed and millions of jobs with no one to fill them.
Low-skilled workers are being left behind as technology shifts the workforce toward the middle-skills level. Educators and policymakers will need to reach these adults with education and training to fill plentiful, well-paying middle-skill jobs in their states. This fact sheet summarizes trends and state policy concerns.
SREB Fact Book Table 7
High school diploma, bachelor’s degree, 25 to 44 years, broken out by race/ethnicity and gender, 50 states and four regions
|Mississippi||40.9%||Reach the national
|North Carolina||49%||2 million North Carolinians
age 25 to 44 have earned
a degree or credential
|Texas||43%||60% of adults
Inspiring Students to Explore STEM with SREB’s Advanced Career Courses
How AC’s nine pathways connect classrooms, college and the careers of the future
As you know, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are in high demand in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven economy. Leading employers prize job candidates with strong communication and teamwork skills who anticipate workplace problems and can apply literacy, math and technical know-how to solve them. (Learn more in this Business Roundtable report).
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School
How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School: How Kentucky Created a 120-Credit Hour Nursing Career Pathway describes how SREB spent a year working with a coalition of Kentucky educators and health-care employers to develop a seamless sequence of courses and credentials that help students transition from high school to community and technical college programs, the BSN and employment as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs).
The Report of the SREB Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology
SREB’s Commission on Computer Science and Information Technology offers five actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science and explore and choose careers in computing fields.