ASU+GSV: Jeremy Wheaton on building the workforce businesses and educators want to see

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

By building a curriculum together, employers and educators are being responsive to the workforce they want to see. “They’re investing in technology, new training, and even the ability to have apprenticeships and support the learning onsite,” says Jeremy Wheaton, CEO and president, ECMC Foundation.

WorkingNation interviewed Wheaton for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held from September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

ECMC Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to helping underserved students reach their full potential. That need was increased by COVID-19.

“There were about 6 or 7 million middle-skills jobs open before we even went into the pandemic and with 40 million unemployed individuals at this point, it’s only accelerated the need for us to really rethink how we educate students today,” says Wheaton, “As we come out of the pandemic, employers certainly have the opportunity to reshape and rebuild how they approach their teams and their hiring.”

Wheaton said employers are demonstrating a desire to be active participants in ensuring their workers have the skillsets and drive to fuel the growth of the industry.

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