Yesterday, the big-wigs got together in Washington, DC, for a summit to talk about national policies to create jobs. Perhaps it's fitting that Ben Bernanke sat on the hot seat in another part of the city on the same day and asked to keep his.
Today, folks who are doing the work on the ground to help people find and keep good jobs are getting together in the other Washington to talk about jobs too. Their focus is on what it takes to help workers get the skills they need for the jobs that do exist and will come in the future. The forum is called Warning: Good Jobs Ahead, and it's hosted by SkillUp Washington and Seattle's Port Jobs. Here's how they describe it:
Today's workers will make up more than half of the 2017 workforce -- yet America has fallen behind in literacy and other critical skills.
How can we ensure that all of Washington's workers have the skills to compete?
Join us on December 4th for a provocative policy forum, as we hear from national and local experts about how we can improve opportunities for working adults and strengthen our state's businesses.
Speakers include Irwin Kirsch, author of America's Perfect Storm, Julie Strawn of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Betsy McKay who directs McDonalds' English Under the Arches program. Yes, that McDonalds.
If you can't be in Seattle, don't worry. The entire forum will be streamed live, beginning at 8:30 a.m. To watch, just click this link and turn up the volume.
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