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  • John Liu
    Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Scientist, MITx Digital Learning Laboratory Massachusetts Institute of Techhnology
  • Marissa Nye
    Student Holyoke Community College
  • Jean Bazile
    Student Bridgewater State University
  • Kaitlyn Fricke
    Student Northeastern University
  • Greg Harris
    Student Greenfield Community College
  • Mussie Demmise
    Student Bunker Hill Community College / MIT


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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