The District of Columbia’s economy is thriving, but not all residents benefit from the boom in development. In a few years, three-quarters of all jobs in DC will require some postsecondary education. Yet over 60,000 District residents lack a high school diploma or equivalent degree, and many don’t even read at the level required to access training programs.
We believe that every DC resident deserves a family-supporting job with career opportunities. We believe that the way to get there is for the District’s workforce system to invest strategically in our lower-skilled residents and better target the needs of District employers. In other words, we need a new paradigm.
We wrote about this last April in our policy brief, From Basic Skills to Good Jobs: A Strategy for Connecting DC’s Adult Learners to Career Pathways. Now, a new policy brief that we developed as part of coalition of local experts, Charting the Course: An Opportunity to Improve Workforce Development in DC, presents recommendations to our newest policymakers for a successful economic development strategy based on a “career pathways” framework. For more, read Deputy Director Judy Berman’s blog on Huffington Post.