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 June 20198 pages19E05

The SREB Region’s Economic Outlook
The Potential Impact of Automation and AI

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.

Blog post Meagan CroweSREB Policy Analyst

Adapting Education, Keeping Pace with Automation

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.

Webinar

Education, Automation and the Workforce
State by State Impact

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.

Date and Time

Tuesday, July 30
2 to 2:30 pm Eastern

SPEAKERS

Meagan Crowe, Policy Analyst, SREB
Stephen Pruitt, President, SREB

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Publication June 201919 pages

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.

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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Good Jobs Without a BA
Change, 1991 to 2015, in SREB states

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.

Webinar

The Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment

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. Join SREB for a webinar to help states determine what guidance and resources to provide local education agencies as they conduct their comprehensive local needs assessments

Webinar

Preparing the Workforce for a Decade of Uncertainty

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.

Speakers

Meagan Crowe, Policy Analyst, SREB
Joan Lord, Vice President, SREB

Date and Time

Thursday, May 23
1 to 1:30 pm EST

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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 2017
Attainment Level
Goal By
Alabama 40% Add 500,000
highly skilled
employees 
2025
Arkansas 41.5% 60% 2025
Delaware 42.4% none none
Florida 49% 55% 2025
Georgia 49.6% 60% 2025
Kentucky 45.5% 60% 2030
Louisiana 44.2% 60% 2030
Maryland 51.4% 55% 2025
Mississippi 40.9% Reach the national
attainment level
average
2025
North Carolina 49% 2 million North Carolinians
age 25 to 44 have earned
a degree or credential
2030
Oklahoma 42.8% 70% 2025
South Carolina 43.7% 60% 2025
Tennessee 42.7% 55% 2025
Texas 43% 60% of adults
ages 25-34
2030
Virginia 53.9% 70% 2030
West Virginia 36.4% 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.