When we talk about filling the skills gap maybe we should instead describe the process as bridging the gap. The distinction is an important one; the issue of the skills gap as we know it will only be solved when industry and academia meet. President of Portland Community College Mark Mitsui is helping to build that bridge throughout Oregon, working to engage area businesses as his institution translates the skills employers say their jobs demand into course curriculum.
“We would like to know what are the skills that employers are looking for both in terms of employability skills as we as technical knowledge. Our institution can then translate that into learning outcomes and curriculum,” Mitsui told Oregon Business reporter Kim Moore.
Noting that energy and advanced manufacturing positions stand to become more ubiquitous as baby boomers who once filled those positions retire, Mitsui stresses the importance of upskilling today’s students to be prepared to handle those demands. As we’ve recently seen, this need for employee development is increasingly common throughout the country and looks to increase.
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