In February, the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the SkillUp Coalition released a national poll that shows more than half of Americans under age 40 believe they will need to upskill in order to advance their careers.
The Washington Post recently featured the survey in an article that explores how liberal arts colleges are responding to this demand by adding career and technical education (CTE) certificates to their list of academic offerings. As mentioned in the article, the CKF/SkillUp poll reveals that, of the individuals who think they will need to upskill, 84 percent plan to do so within the next three years.
Colleges are “responding to student and parent demands for a return on their tuition investment by adding practical training that has proved value to employers.” By adding CTE programs to their offerings, colleges “can get graduates coming back for additional training that qualifies them for raises and promotions; win contracts from employers to teach workers new skills; and attract older adults who need more schooling to advance or change careers.”
The Charles Koch Foundation supports organizations like SkillUp, the American Council on Education, the mikeroweWorks Foundation, SkillsUSA, and the Cardinal Manufacturing program that work to create additional dynamic pathways for upskilling. Read more about the Foundation’s support for education.