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Survey: U.S. Adults Want More Education


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Nearly half of Americans say they need more education to advance in their careers, according to recent research.

The Strada Education Network and Gallup survey found 46% of adults without a degree, or not currently enrolled in college, said additional education is needed to get ahead.

Julia Steinberger, director of office of workforce investments for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, explained the findings.

“Particularly as we see shortages in qualified candidates for some of these good-paying, competitive jobs,” Steinberger pointed out. “I think folks just see the opportunity and know that they need that education and training in order to capitalize on those opportunities.”

While a more traditional college route if available, Steinberger noted Oregon has made investments to ensure apprenticeships are widely available. She added the state is working with businesses to create training from employers through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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Steinberger stressed going back to college can cost more for adult learners, who are likely to have more responsibilities than a student coming out of high school.

“The potential lost opportunity costs of wages if you’re stepping out of the workforce, costs for health care, child care, transportation, housing, etc.,” Steinberger outlined.

This year, the Oregon Legislature approved a $200 million education package known as Future Ready Oregon. Steinberger stated it includes a training program from community colleges, which helps people enter the education system and exit easily to find a job.

“It’s really designed to be a set of stackable credentials that will ultimately lead to a degree but allows folks to sort of get on and off the road whenever they’re able to,” Steinberger emphasized.

The Future Ready Oregon package includes an array of programs, including workforce training grants and supports for apprenticeships in the state.

Encuesta: Adultos estadounidenses quieren más educación

Casi la mitad de los estadounidenses dicen que necesitan mas educacion para avanzar en sus carreras, segun muestra una nueva investigacion.

La encuesta de Strada Education Network y Gallup encontro que el 46 por ciento de los adultos sin titulo o que no estan actualmente inscritos en la universidad dicen que se necesita educacion adicional para salir adelante.

Julia Steinberger es directora de la oficina de inversiones en la fuerza laboral de la Comision Coordinadora de Educacion Superior de Oregon.

“Particularmente cuando vemos escasez de candidatos calificados para algunos de los trabajos competitivos y bien remunerados,” apunta Steinberger. “Creo que la gente ve la oportunidad y sabe que necesita esa educacion y capacitacion para capitalizar esas oportunidades.”

Si bien existe una ruta universitaria tradicional disponible para las personas, Steinberger tambien senala que Oregon ha realizado inversiones para garantizar que los aprendizajes esten ampliamente disponibles. Ella dice que el estado tambien esta trabajando con las empresas para crear capacitacion de los empleadores a traves de la Ley de Oportunidades de Innovacion de la Fuerza Laboral.

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Steinberger dice que regresar a la universidad puede ser mas costoso para los estudiantes adultos, quienes probablemente tendran mas responsabilidades que un estudiante que apenas termino la escuela secundaria.

“La potencial perdida de los salarios si se retira de la fuerza laboral, los costos de atencion medica, cuidado de ninos, transporte, vivienda, etc.”, subraya Steinberger.

Este ano, la Legislatura de Oregon aprobo un paquete educativo de 200 millones de dolares conocido como Future Ready Oregon. Steinberger dice que este incluye un programa de capacitacion de colegios comunitarios que ayuda a las personas a ingresar al sistema educativo y asi poder salir facilmente para encontrar un trabajo.

“Realmente esta disenado para ser un conjunto de credenciales acumulables que en ultima instancia conduciran a un titulo, pero que les permite a las personas entrar y salir de la carrera siempre que puedan,” asegura Steinberger.

El paquete Future Ready Oregon comprende una serie de programas, que incluyen subsidios para la capacitacion de la fuerza laboral y apoyos para los aprendizajes en el estado.

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