Workforce Preparedness Gap

Our education system was developed for an industrial era where we could teach students basic skills that would enable them to secure blue collar jobs and work productively at a living wage the rest of their lives.

"The United States will fall short by 5 million workers with postsecondary education - at the current production rate - by 2020"
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Percentage of jobs available by education level 


  1973 2007 2028
 Bachelor's and Above 16% 12% 33%
 Associate's or Trade School 12% 27% 29%
 High School Dipoloma or Less 72% 41% 38%
Source: IES National Center for Educational Statistics, US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, Digest of Education Statistics

Since 1973, the number of jobs that require at least some college has more than tripled, while those requiring a high school diploma have remained stagnant.

By 2025, 60% of jobs in America will require some form of postsecondary education. Our collective economic future depends on our ability to meet this demand.  Right now, in states like Colorado, according to education watch group Colorado Succeeds, schools are producing less than 50% of the needed workforce to supply its businesses and keep the state economy growing.

A new Gallup poll highlighted only 14 percent of Americans and only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree that graduates have the “necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace.” 

An increased level of collaboration between business leaders and education institutions may well be one opportunity to help close the gap between what college graduates know and what businesses need. Most business leaders feel that  education institutions are not currently graduating students with the skills and competencies their businesses need, and few say they are currently collaborating with any institution on any level. 
- 2013 Gallup Survey

The Generation Schools Model empowers local businesses to engage in workforce preparedness.

What if...

  • Businesses had a say in helping to develop their future workforce?
  • Students had concentrated time to understand the industries in their community, the jobs they bring and the pathways to prepare for those jobs?
  • What if our classrooms and lesson plans aligned with 21st century needs?