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Learning for Life

Book Description

Today’s global knowledge economy requires individuals and companies alike to quickly adapt to new tools and strategies. To remain competitive, both must continually upgrade their skills. In the United States, however, support for ongoing education lags far behind other developed nations, creating a crippling skills gap.

How did we get to this point, and why are other countries faring markedly better? What keeps our nation’s vast network of corporate training, workforce development, and K-12 and college education so fragmented and inefficient? Gathering insights from key thought leaders and exemplary programs, Learning for Life examines:

    • Why America’s existing educational models are failing employees and employers
    • The shift from content knowledge toward new ways of thinking and working, grounded in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration
    • Policies and programs that are working in the U.S. and abroad
    • Recommendations for overhauling our education and training infrastructure and building partnerships between providers and employers

    In a constantly changing world, the stakes are high to ensure our workforce performs. Learning for Life points to the most promising pathways for getting there.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Contents
  4. Foreword
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Section I The Context
    1. 1 How Did We Get Here? A History of Education and Training in the United States
    2. 2 Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives
  8. Section II Education Providers
    1. Executive Perspective Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education: e-Learning and Surgical Residency
    2. 3 JPMorgan Chase Foundation: Fellowship to Improve Educational Outcomes for Young Men of Color
    3. 4 The World Economic Forum: Global Leadership Fellows Program
    4. 5 Middlesex Community College: Evolving Programs to Meet Community Needs
    5. 6 University of Liverpool: Online Degree Programs for Professionals
  9. Section III Employers
    1. Executive Perspective United Technologies Corporation: Employee Scholar Program
    2. 7 The National Football League: Player Engagement Program Prepares for Life After Football
    3. 8 Aramark: Partnerships to Invest in the Community and Workforce
    4. 9 Boeing: Business Career Foundation Program
    5. 10 JPMorgan Chase: Business-University Partnerships Support Technology Education for Undergraduates
  10. Section IV Coordinating Agencies
    1. Executive Perspective North Carolina Community College System: Coordinating the Development of a Highly Skilled Workforce
    2. 11 The National Urban League: Framework to Support At-Risk Youth
    3. 12 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: A Networked Approach to Improving Math Education at Community Colleges
    4. 13 Africa-America Institute: Developing Leaders for Africa
    5. 14 Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium: A Partnership for “First Chance” Programs
    6. 15 Jobs for the Future: Adapting European Vocational Education Models for American Youth
    7. 16 Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology: Advanced Diploma Examinations for Professional Credentialing
  11. Section V The Path Forward
    1. 17 What Do We Know About Programs to Support Lifelong Learning?
    2. 18 What Might an Effective System of Lifelong Learning Look Like?
  12. Contributing Authors
  13. Index
  14. About the Author
  15. Free Sample Chapter from Just Listen
  16. Copyright