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Underemployed Generation

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, ACICS joined the National Journal for in-depth policy discussion on the American workforce, economy and education system, "The Underemployed Generation: Matching Skills to Jobs."

Our nation is facing an "underemployment crisis" as a result of weak job growth, unprecedented wealth inequality, and an increasingly service-based economy. Many adults have no choice but to accept positions unrelated to their earned degrees, interests and/or experience. Government and education leaders are analyzing one source of the problem: how postsecondary education aligns with workforce and economic needs. Critics claim that the traditional post-secondary education system isn't adequately preparing students for the workforce, and as a result, many of these students are pursuing career-focused vs. standard four-year college educations.

Bringing together business and education leaders, economists and policy experts, the briefing explored the future of post-secondary education, solutions to America's underemployment crisis, and ways to transform both our workforce and economy.
Moderator:
Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

Keynote Interview:
The Hon. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Department of Labor

Experts Panel Featuring:
Anthony P. Carnevale, PhD, Director and Research Professor, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

Shaun McAlmont, President and CEO, Lincoln Educational Services

Martha Ross, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

View the results of the ACICS survey of 1,279 underemployed Americans.