Learners to Earners

Author: Helios Education Foundation

June 2, 2016

Are Florida’s students prepared for the future workforce? Is the state’s education system preparing them to be Florida’s future earners? According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the nation will require a postsecondary education. Florida mirrors the national average where workforce predictions also indicate the need for 65 percent of working-age adults to hold a postsecondary degree.

How do you turn the state’s learners into future earners? Equity.

In order for the state’s workforce to meet the challenges of an evolving economy, it is imperative that all students, regardless of zip code, are ensured a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college and career. Increased academic rigor, access to advanced placement coursework for all students and classrooms staffed with highly trained educators that not only convey curriculum but also encourage their students to apply that knowledge outside the classroom are how Florida will ensure the state’s education system prepares students for the challenges of the future. Florida benefits from a dynamic economy, and that economic base is certain to evolve. It is incumbent upon leaders to ensure that our students are prepared to lead that evolution into the future. View the most recent Florida Wins video produced by the Florida Chamber Foundation.

Ensuring equity and preparedness is incumbent upon all stakeholders. The education, business and philanthropic communities jointly must commit to ensuring the state’s learners are prepared with skills that surpass today’s needs and attract novice industries to the state, anticipate future technologies and promote a culture of innovation.  The future is evolving quickly and the state’s education system must also evolve to prepare each and every learner.

Category: Postsecondary Success

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