Earning a postsecondary credential remains one of the most reliable ways to access jobs that pay living wages. If students do not graduate from institutions of higher education with the skills and knowledge employers need, however, postsecondary credentials may lose their value. As a grantmaker focused on extending the benefits of postsecondary education to all Texas students, Greater Texas Foundation has an interest in ensuring students, especially those who are traditionally underserved, are completing postsecondary credentials that will allow them to achieve their career goals.
The resources provided in this annotated bibliography, originally prepared for the foundation’s board of directors, are divided into two sections. The first, Effective Work-Based Learning, describes strategies colleges and universities can use to partner with employers to provide meaningful educational experiences that help students identify a career path and navigate professional environments. The second, The Workforce of the Future, addresses the dramatic demographic and technological changes that are transforming the labor market, eliminating positions that were once considered indispensable, restructuring others, and even creating new jobs. One major conclusion from the presented literature is that institutions of higher education must focus more resources than ever before on monitoring workforce needs and preparing students to fill those needs.
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