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The Underemployed Generation: Matching Skills to Jobs

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT

Newseum, Knight Broadcast Studio - Third Floor | 555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. | Washington, DC 20001

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. This unique phenomenon is unlike any employment challenge encountered by previous generations of the adult workforce, and its effectshave yet to be determined.

Government and education leaders are analyzing one source of the problem: how postsecondaryeducation aligns with workforce and economic needs. Across the board, questions are being raised about access to – and the cost and structure of – postsecondary education in this country and its impact on the economy. 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.

Join National Journal for a policy briefing to discuss the future of post-secondary education, solutions to America’s underemployment crisis, and ways to transform both our workforce and economy. This riveting, 360-degree conversation will bring togetherbusiness and education leaders, economists and policy experts.

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