Addressing the Employment Challenge
THE USE OF POSTSECONDARY NONCREDIT TRAINING IN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The United States finds itself in the midst of a unique labor market problem: Job openings vastly outnumber unemployed workers. Many experts and industry leaders have attributed this problem to the mismatch between the skills that workers possess and the competencies employers need. With the skills gap presenting a modern economic problem, what should be the appropriate response to upskill workers and close the gap?
As one solution, this report proposes increasing community colleges’ role in upskilling workers through noncredit skills training programs. Whereas
credit-bearing programs measure progress based on time spent in class or on a subject, noncredit skills training is based on the time required to gain and demonstrate the occupational competencies needed in labor markets. This kind of training is comparatively quick and occupationally focused—an important
benefit in the current labor market. [READ MORE]