Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow Fall 2017 - Page 4

REGIONAL INITIATIVES Growing employer need for a highly educated workforce makes the college readiness problem a workforce development problem. Technological innovations that swept the manufacturing sector are spreading to transportation, sales, and office administration. According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, an estimated 1.4 million jobs, representing 37 percent of workers’ wages in Tennessee, are vulnerable to automation, with rural counties having the most to lose. [11] Many new jobs that will replace existing occupations require a higher education level. To secure tomorrow’s workforce, regional and community leaders are better coordinating education and workforce development, with a clear focus on student postsecondary and career readiness. What Does Postsecondary And Career Readiness Mean? Pathways Tennessee – A Framework For Community Action As the United States climbed out of the Great Recession, In Tennessee, a postsecondary and career- a coalition of states and regions launched the Pathways ready student is able to graduate K-12 to Prosperity Network to re-envision how K-12 and higher education with the knowledge, abilities, and education partners and employers can collaborate to secure habits to enter and complete postsecondary a ready workforce. In 2012, Tennessee became one of the education without remediation and first