The continuing changes in technology and its impact on the way we do our jobs are challenging higher education, and education in general, to take a new approach to how it teaches America’s students and help prepare them for their lives ahead.

My guest on Work in Progress this week is Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, a foundation focused on making educational opportunities beyond high school available to all. Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in education. He’s also the author of America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating and Deploying the 21st Century Workforce.

“We have a systemic problem, which is that there’s a rising demand for talent in the country and we don’t have enough talent to meet that rising demand. At the same time, we have an ecosystem that is not well prepared to produce enough of that talent at a high-quality level, particularly for those poorly-served populations,” according to Merisotis, who sat down with me at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Salt Lake City.

WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim with Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation (Source: WorkingNation)

We discussed ways to break down the silos that are keeping educators, policymakers, and employers from solving the talent problem. We also talked about how to bring more of America’s underserved populations — including minorities, veterans, the formerly-incarcerated, and older workers in need of upskilling — into the workforce.

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We hope you enjoy the conversation.

Episode 102: The Future of Education
Host: Ramona Schindelheim, WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief
Producer: Anny Celsi
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch, Melissa Panzer, and Ramona Schindelheim
Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0.

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