Global Opportunity Initiative (GOI) Webinar Series | MIT J-WEL

Global Opportunity Initiative (GOI) Webinar Series

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For decades, experts have warned of numerous changes to the global economy and their consequences for the workforce. Robots replacing human workers. Growing demand for new skills. Few opportunities to acquire them. Entire populations left behind. 

To many in the global workforce, these warnings are all too familiar and all too real. From veterans transitioning into civilian careers, stay-at-home parents returning to work, refugees starting over in new countries, to workers currently stuck in dead-end jobs, millions around the world are feeling the effects of these challenges in complex and unique ways. Efforts to solve them exist, but many use outdated approaches or overlook the dynamic nature of workers’ experiences. In a new webinar series, the Global Opportunity Initiative (GOI) will bring these stories—and their implications for workforce learning—to the forefront of conversations on the future of work.  

Monday, 2/14: Bridging the Education/Workforce Gap: The Role of Education Policy
Monday, 3/14: Are Community Colleges and Manufacturing Industry Leaders Aligned on Competencies and Curriculum?
Tuesday, 4/12: Challenges and Opportunities for Reskilling Workers



Dr. George Westerman
Principal Research Scientist, J-WEL Workforce Learning 
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Bridging the Education/Workforce Gap: The Role of Education Policy

Monday, February 14, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

View recording here.

Description: 
For all of the work that educators do, it takes more than good courses to help students make the leap from learning to employment.  How can educators, employers, and policymakers collaborate to deliver greater outcomes for students?  In this session, we’ll view prior J-WEL presentations by leading experts to frame a discussion about major topics in education/workforce policy. For full webinar description.



Lakshmi Amrutha Killada
Graduate Student, Integrated Design and Management (IDM)
Research Assistant, MIT J-WEL


Dr. John Liu
Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Scientist, MITx Digital Learning Laborator

 

Are Community Colleges and Manufacturing Industry Leaders Aligned on Competencies and Curriculum?

Monday, March 14, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

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Description: 
Over the past several months, MIT has conducted a series of surveys to determine the level of collaboration between community colleges and the manufacturing industry. From those surveys, the research team has prepared a report on what is being taught, how educators and employers are engaging, and how they can improve their alignment. This research is part of an innovative project, MassBridge, to design and launch innovative advanced manufacturing programs in community colleges. Join the co-authors for a discussion on their findings, and a Q&A session to help bridge the education and workforce gap. For full webinar description.



Steve Nelson
Program Manager
MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili)


Dr. George Westerman
Principal Research Scientist, J-WEL Workforce Learning 
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Challenges and Opportunities for Reskilling Workers

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET

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Description: 
In the early 1900s, tractors began to replace farm workers in the fields, and many farm workers were left without a way to make a decent living. This became the start of the second large industrial revolution. These workers moved from the farms to the factories, acquiring new skills, oftentimes through paid training programs by industry leaders. As we approach a new technological revolution, how can educators and employers re-skill workers for careers of the future? 

We’ll hear from students who have changed careers and upskilled to compete in a rapidly changing work environment, and discuss ways to scale educational programs equitably and economically for incumbent workers of all types. For full webinar description.
     
Date & Time: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - 09:00 to Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 09:00