New Educational Pathways to Middle-Class Jobs

New Educational Pathways to Middle-Class Jobs



The decades-long march to "college for everyone" at the age of 18 has closed off rather than opened up options for too many young adults seeking rewarding careers. Too many people never attempt postsecondary education and lack the skills to compete in the economy. Too many students drop out carrying debt but no credential. Even those who earn a degree may find themselves short of skills. And too many companies can't find enough qualified employees.

How can schools, governments, and industry better work together to create more feasible routes to good careers?
Do universities and community colleges need to reassess the relevance of their curricula?
Are there enough opportunities outside traditional college for Americans to get the training they need?

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Jeffrey Selingo, Contributor, The Washington Post; Special Advisor, Arizona State University

Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University
Gene Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles
John Hickenlooper, Governor, State of Colorado
Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
Gregg Roden, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America Division

Published July 12, 2017