ERIC Number: ED442971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
A Nation of Opportunity: Building America's 21st Century Workforce.
National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Advances in information technology (IT) are reshaping the U.S. labor market. The demand for workers who can read and understand complex material, think analytically, and use technology efficiently will continue to increase. Congress established the 21st Century Workforce Commission to assess current and future demand for IT workers and the education and training needed to fill IT jobs. By conducting field hearings and site visits and reviewing pertinent research, the commission identified nine keys to success that leaders at all levels can apply to build a highly skilled workforce prepared for high-technology job opportunities in the 21st century. The keys are as follows: (1) building 21st century literacy; (2) exercising leadership through partnerships; (3) forming learning linkages for youth; (4) identifying pathways to IT jobs; (5) increasing acquisition of IT skills; (6) expanding continuous learning; (7) shaping a flexible immigration policy for skilled IT workers; (8) raising student achievement; (9) and making technology access and Internet connectivity universal. During its work, the commission found many examples of how stakeholders at all levels exerted the leadership to put the keys into practice. (Ten tables/figures are included. Concluding the report are a list of the commission members and 85 endnotes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Advisory Committees, Career Development, Career Planning, Community Colleges, Community Programs, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Immigration, Information Technology, Internet, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Leadership, Lifelong Learning, Linking Agents, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Public Policy, Skill Development, Success, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Training Methods, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Youth Employment, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.workforce21.org/finalreport.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Final report of the 21st Century Workforce Commission.