Unstuck in the Middle: Building a Skills Spectrum

“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 US 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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Kermit Kaleba

National Skills Coalition

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Kristin Sharp

Entangled Ventures

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Cat Ward

Jobs for the Future

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Dara Warn

Penn Foster