Upgrade the Education and Skills of our Diverse Workforce
On February 12, President Obama will share his agenda for the next four years in his State of the Union. On February 4, PolicyLink presented its policy agenda to build an equitable economy using principles that grow good jobs, build capacity, erase barriers, and expand opportunity. As the State of the Union nears, we will share our principles daily. We urge you to adopt and share these principles or suggest others on Equityblog.org. For more principles and coverage of the February 4 event, go to Equity and the Future of the American Economy.
Human capital was the key to America’s success in the industrial era, and it will be even more critical to gaining a competitive edge in the future. Unfortunately, the nation has been underinvesting in human development, particularly in people of color, who are driving population growth and whose ability to contribute to the economy will be increasingly essential to its global competitiveness. We must better equip tomorrow’s workers—and today’s—with the capabilities they need to succeed in an ever-changing, knowledge-based economy.
Upgrade the education and skills of our diverse workforce. Federal policy needs to address the gap between the education and skills of workers of color and the needs of current and future employers.