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More Partnerships Between Colleges and Industry Could Produce a Better-Prepared Work Force

By Jennifer Gonzalez

Despite years of talk, the higher-education and industry sectors of the United States still don’t collaborate enough to ensure that students are adequately prepared for jobs. And the mismatch between what employers expect and what students learn in college or vocational schools could have dire consequences for the nation’s economy, according to several speakers at the New Work Era Summit hosted here by The Atlantic.

To achieve what is considered full employment—a 5-percent unemployment rate—in 2020, the economy would have to add 21 million jobs. Participants in the summit, which included college and business executives, said that employers increasingly report that they have trouble filling some positions because they cannot find qualified applicants.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/More-Partnerships-Between/128293/

Read the Report: http://www.mckinsey.com/mgi/publications/us_jobs/index.asp

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