The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 24th, 2015
For Americans who don’t graduate from college with a four-year
degree, finding employment can be difficult. But a new partnership
between a foundation, big-name companies, and colleges hopes to make the
job search easier.
The collaborators — which include LinkedIn, Arizona State University,
edX, the Markle Foundation, the State of Colorado, and a number of
employers in Phoenix and Colorado — hope to better prepare workers for
jobs in today’s rapidly evolving labor market. Their initiative, Rework America Connected, focuses primarily on "middle skill" workers, including people who have two-year degrees or did not attend college.
Zoë Baird, Markle's president and chief executive, said the project
was still in its early planning phases and did not yet have a set design
or appearance. But the main idea is that collaborators will pool their
resources to connect job seekers with employers and to offer job seekers
the chance to enroll in college programs or classes if their
credentials don’t yet meet employers’ needs.