To discuss innovative education methods for skilled workers, the conference gathers educators, policymakers, and industry experts.

The pandemic highlighted an urgent need: the best-educated people were prospering, but too many others were being left behind. Community colleges may be valuable sources of education for skilled workers that industry now demands. Schools, however, must do more to bridge the gap between learning and employment, working with employers and policymakers.

In July, MIT Open Learning and MassBridge hosted “Bridging the Education/Workforce Gap: Community College and Beyond,” a two-day conference with experts from all areas of the education-workforce equation to discuss how to expand and establish new training programs that prepare students for good employment. Building on innovative strategies outlined in an April MIT research(MassBridge Advanced Manufacturing Education Benchmark Report), speakers shared further ideas on how to bridge that gap between education and employment across many different sectors.

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