the Skills Crisis And Workforce
Challenges of the New World Economy
4, Number 1, February 2011
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Meeder ( Meeder Consulting Group) expresses thought-provoking ideas
and comments in his blog MeederMindWorks. In the latest postings,
he addresses the possible effects of the Great Recession on the ambitions
and outlook of the youth of this time--the Millenials who for several
years have been castigated as being lacking in ambition and taking
good times and affluence for granted. Extracts from the latest blog
". . .
there are millions of youths trapped in poverty — both urban
and rural. For young people of color, this trap is rooted in a historical
context of racial discrimination and social injustice. For non-minorities,
racism may not be the driving factor, but through family dysfunctions
and other difficult experiences, the family has fallen into a cycle
and culture of poverty".
news about the Great Recession is that the illusion of false affluence
has been broken – or at least significantly cracked. Young
people in middle and upper classes might now realize that wealth
is not a natural right of living in America.
The bad news,
I’m less sanguine about the other part of the equation —
whether our young people (and particularly those from a family history
of poverty) possess a sense of American opportunity and efficacy.
I think this is what we call the American Dream. The American Dream
is not as simple as going to college, or owning a house, or raising
a family. It is really about the sense that ‘I can make my
challenges us all to answer the question--
we restore a sense of the American Dream — opportunity and
efficacy — for our America’s youth?"
a continuation of this blog, Hans will report on examples of educational
initiatives that seek to address the issue. Click
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January 2011 report Quality Counts from Education
Week has an ominous headline--Uncertain
Forecast: Education Adjusts To a New Economic Reality.
addition to the usual annual letter-grade scoring of states' educational
performance, there are several articles that highlight the interconnections
between the larger economy and education. The survey shows that
only modest policy changes have been instituted as schools strive
to keep programs afloat during very difficult fiscal times. For
many school districts and colleges, reductions in their tax base
have necessitated heart-rending decisions to cut both programs and
example, a number of rural Nevada districts have moved to a 4-day
school week, Missouri cut its transportation budget roughly in half,
Washington state suspended programs to reduce class size and to
provide professional development to faculty, and Virginia cut $341
million for school support staff members.
difficulties are forcing new conversations about setting priorities
based on the answers to the question "What do we want to do,
and how do we allocate resources to achieve those goals?" If
you are an administrator in a district that is struggling with this
issue, you might consider attending the Education
Week Leadership Forum Innovation Insight.
See conference news above for details.
nation overall received a C in the Quality Counts annual
survey from Education
state ranked higher than a B+, and once again, Maryland came out top
of the list, that is shown below:
1. Maryland B+ (87.6)
2. New York B (84.7)
3. Massachusetts B (82.6)
4. Virginia B- (81.8)
5. Florida B- (81.5)
6. Arkansas B- (81.4)
7. New Jersey B- (80.7)
8. Georgia B- (80.5)
9. Pennsylvania B- (80.1)
10. West Virginia B- (79.9)
11. Ohio B- (79.8)
12. Vermont B- (79.7)
13. Texas C+ (78.8)
14. Indiana C+ (78.6)
15. South Carolina C+ (78.3)
16. Connecticut C+ (78.3)
17. Oklahoma C+ (78.1)
18. Wisconsin C+ (77.8)
19. North Carolina C+ (77.8)
20. Hawaii C+ (77.6)
21. Louisiana C+ (77.6)
22. Delaware C+ (77.5)
23. Tennessee C+ (77.4)
24. Michigan C+ (77.2)
25. Alabama C+ (76.8)
26. Iowa C+ (76.7)
27. Maine C+ (76.6)
28. New Hampshire C (76.3)
29. Wyoming C (76.3)
30. California C (76.2)
31. Rhode Island C (75.7)
32. New Mexico C (75.7)
33. Washington C (75.4)
34. Kentucky C (75.2)
35. North Dakota C (74.9)
36. Minnesota C (74.6)
37. Kansas C (74.4)
38. Missouri C (73.9)
39. Colorado C (73.7)
40. Illinois C (73.0)
41. Utah C- (72.4)
42. Arizona C- (71.5)
43. Oregon C- (71.5)
44. Idaho C- (71.2)
45. Nevada C- (70.7)
46. Alaska C- (70.7)
47. Montana C- (70.4)
48. Mississippi C- (70.0)
49. South Dakota D+ (69.2)
50. District of Columbia D+ (69.1)
51. Nebraska D+ (68.6)
Note: States are ranked based on unrounded scores.
you are currently implementing the CRC in your state or organization,
you will find The Career Readiness Certificate:
An Implementation Handbook very helpful It is available
as a FREE download from the Resources tab of the NOCC
it was reported to the NOCC that the NCRC is sometimes promoted as
a "different level" of certification from the CRC. This
is not true because the two certificates are identical and, as demonstrated
in many places (the Commonwealth of Virginia, for example) where the
NCRC has NOT been adopted, the CRC is continuing to be very helpful
to employers and job seekers, as it has been since 2004.
enquiries from Doug
Cullen of the Pinkerton Academy Career & Technical Education
Center in New Hampshire, that state has
been included in the Consortium. Please feel free to contact Doug
with any advice you might have regarding local deployment of the CRC.
NOCC presentations at career and adult education conferences have
greatly increased interest in and enthusiasm for the CRC, and we welcome
several new subscribers to our newsletter mailing list. Watch for
updates and news from those new CRC deployments. Remember that the
NOCC can help with CRC slides, information, and informative on-site
presentations in your location.
states are now offering industry-specific certificates called the
CRC+ to address trainability issues in health care, hospitality, manufacturing,
apprenticeships, and so on. Some are also adding soft skill assessments
(these are NOT certifications) to create a CRC+.
It is worth stating again that any additions to the
clearly-defined CRC require that the certificate be called a CRC+.
Top 10 list of states
issuing the CRC will return in the next newsletter after updates have
been received from state representatives.
January, there have been significant changes in workfore development
agencies and in CRC offices across the country. Please send updated
information on state contacts and other news to the NOCC as soon as
state CRC web sites now show direct links to the NOCC (www.nationalOCC.org)
and the CRC Consortium (www.crcconsortium.org)
sites. These links have greatly increased web traffic and have made
it much easier for the public to obtain information on the certificate.
Thank you for your help. If you do not have either/both of these links
on your site, we would be grateful if you would add them. The NOCC
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