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Bridging the Education / Workforce Gap - Day 1: Panel 3 - A Cross-Industry Look at Education Needs

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  • Farhad Vazehgoo
    Director, Advanced Technology Programs & Workforce Development Center for Advanced Manufacturing MassTech
  • Jessica Buechli
    Director of Learning & Development UPMC
  • James Flynn
    Assistant Dean of Research Business Development University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Joanne Pokaski
    Senior Director of Workforce Development and Community Relations Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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The pandemic brought home an urgent need: the best-educated are prospering but we are leaving too many behind. Community Colleges are a rich resource for educating higher skilled workers that industry is now demanding. However, schools, working with employers and policymakers, must do more to bridge the gap between education and employment.

This conference hosted thought leaders from all parts of the education-workforce equation to discuss how we can expand and create new training opportunities that prepare students for quality jobs.  Building on new models discussed in a new MIT study (MassBridge Advanced Manufacturing Education Benchmark Report) we heard from educators, policymakers, industry, and students about how to bridge the gap.  Advanced manufacturing can be one source for well-paying, highly skilled jobs, but our discussions extended to other sectors, as well – health, financial, information technology.  

The conference was hosted by MIT Open Learning and MassBridge, a state-wide effort to build new education models for advanced skills.

Topics: Future of Work Professional Education

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