A Matter of Degrees: How Higher Education Drives Economic DevelopmentMonday, April 30, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Gregory Cappelli, Co-CEO, Apollo Group; Chairman, Apollo Global
Emily Stover DeRocco, Former President, The Manufacturing Institute; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training
Michelle Kydd Lee, Executive Director, CAA Foundation
Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Sustainable, long-term economic growth requires a high-quality labor pool. Along with a robust technology infrastructure and strategic partnerships among businesses, universities and government, a well-educated workforce is a critical ingredient for driving innovation. Part of maintaining a competitive labor pool is not only educating top students for the most demanding and highly specialized jobs, but also providing further education and training to less skilled workers. This panel will discuss strategies and investments to increase the quality of the overall workforce by expanding educational attainment. Which skills are essential for workers in the 21st century? How will they be developed? Which areas have the greatest demand for such skills?