Unstuck in the Middle: Building a Skills Spectrum


Frank Britt

Penn Foster

Kristin Sharp

New America

Cat Ward


“Middle skills” is a misnomer. The landscape of opportunities between the high school diploma and the bachelor’s degree is broad, complex -- and makes up the majority of the U.S. labor market. But millions of workers trained to the middle-skill level remain locked out of the labor market because of employers’ all-or-nothing approach: jobs either require a degree or they don’t. This panel will make the case that considering skills along a spectrum can unlock new pathways to economic opportunity.

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Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Field Experience