Business, education leaders call for change in education, workforce systems

Jacqueline Pitts

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A report calling for transformational change to improve Kentucky’s education attainment and workforce quality is expected to be rolled out by a group called the Business-Education Roundtable on Dec. 3.

The report, Striving to be Top Tier for Talent: Average Isn’t Good Enough, is the result of a two-year initiative of public-and private-sector leaders to review Kentucky’s education and workforce systems. The report recommends programs and strategies to ensure individual, community and statewide prosperity by preparing Kentuckians to become successful, productive and responsible citizens.

The report focuses on four goals:
1) Invest in pre-school – to give kids a solid start
2) Reinvent high school – to make a diploma relevant for the modern economy
3) Ensure every adult obtains a marketable degree or credential
4) Engage employers to define needed skills and develop talent supply chains

The group will hold a press conference at the Kentucky Chamber’s Legislative Preview Conference, where business leaders, legislators, and state leaders will discuss top issues facing the 2019 legislative session.

The Kentucky Chamber Legislative Preview Conference is on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. Click here to view the conference agenda.

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