By Ron Cowell and Diane Bosak
An Op-Ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Since President Barack Obama announced his bold proposal to provide free community college, there has been no shortage of supporters and detractors. While some have declared the proposal dead on arrival in Congress, Pennsylvanians need to consider how this concept and other ideas to expand access to postsecondary education can contribute to workforce development in the commonwealth.
The link between educational opportunity and workforce development is well understood. In Pennsylvania, we have tens of thousands of jobs available but a significant shortage of workers ready with the right skills.
Former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Commission on Higher Education emphasized the value of postsecondary education and its importance to workforce and economic development in our state. But little was done with the commission’s recommendations.
Full story: Put Pennsylvanians to work: Gov. Wolf should retool postsecondary education to fill the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s employers, by Ron Cowell and Diane Bosak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 02/11/15