Topic: Workforce

Overview

Workforce
Trends, Readiness and Preparation

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.

Publication February 28, 2019

A Unified Statewide Vision
Aligning ESSA, Perkins V and WIOA Across the Lifespan

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.

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Publication October 2018

More Unprepared Than We Thought
Adult educational attainment

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.

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Resources

Postsecondary Attainment Goals
in SREB States

 
State 2016
Attainment Level
Goal By
Alabama 37.9% Add 500,000
highly skilled
employees 
2025
Arkansas 39.9% 60% 2025
Delaware 43.2% none none
Florida 46.9% 55% 2025
Georgia 48.0% 60% 2025
Kentucky 44.6% 60% 2030
Louisiana 45.7% 60% 2030
Maryland 50.6% 55% 2025
Mississippi 37.5% Reach the national
attainment level
average
2025
North Carolina 47.4% 2 million North Carolinians
age 25 to 44 have earned
a degree or credential
2030
Oklahoma 41.8% 70% 2025
South Carolina 42.0% 60% 2025
Tennessee 40.7% 55% 2025
Texas 42.4% 60% of adults
ages 25-34
2030
Virginia 52.2% 70% 2030
West Virginia 34.7% 60% 2030

Blog post Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president

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).

Publication Tim Shaughnessy Kirsten E. Sundell May 201717 pages(17V12)
Beginning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in High School - Report Cover

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).

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Publication November 2016 | 48 pages | (16V22)

Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap
Five Actions States Can Take

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.

Publication July 9, 2016 | 7 pages | (16V18)Gene Bottoms and Kirsten Sundell

Career Pathways
Accelerating Access to the Middle Class

More and more jobs require some education past high school, yet we are not preparing enough students for college, careers or both. Career pathways from middle and high school through college and into the workplace can accelerate access to the middle class.