Sunday, March 05, 2006
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is partnering with the KnowledgeWorks Foundation on an important initiative focused on adult learners. Read more.
Consider these facts:
More than 80% of our workforce for 2010 is already in the workforce.
Many of these workers have weak literacy and numerary skills.
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that about 40 million American adults struggle with basic reading or can't read at all.
We do not have strong career pathways to move workers from the working poor to careers. (So, for example, Wal-Mart workers have no easy way to move up in their careers because training options are difficult to pursue.)
The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), released 15 December 2005 by the US National Center for Education Statistics, shows little improvement in adult literacy skills. At the same time the literacy demands of employment are increasing.
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Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
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