October 26, 2015

“ From a young age, children are told that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. While some may harbor dreams of being an astronaut or a politician, others may be drawn to different fields – some of which don’t necessarily require a four-year degree.

Whether these young people turn to certificate programs or associate’s degrees to further vocational careers depends on the future they’re searching for, but they may not be getting the attention they deserve from high schools. . . . “ (“Schools May Overlook Non-College Bound Students, Study Shows,” by Vanessa Denice, US NEWS)

E-Learning has the potential to change that situation.

And, that situation must change!

In fact, we should all look forward to the impending fall of the wall between business and education. That wall has separated the two sectors for many years,

Thankfully, the pressure of global economic competition is leading many to plan for that barrier’s demise.

The historical separation lies between business and that sector of the educational system responsible for the 75% or so of high school students who are not likely to earn a college baccalaureate degree. These students eventually comprise the majority of America’s front-line workforce, and the prosperity of this country depends on them.

Compared to other countries, American front-line workers lag far behind in the sophisticated skills needed to compete internationally: communications, math, science, conceptual thinking, flexibility, responsiveness, and technological expertise.

Other industrialized nations have already implemented policies for educating their workforce. They offer comprehensive public education programs for the non-college-bound student. These programs all but obliterate the conventional lines between education and training.

In our country, e-Learning is singularly poised to become the highway for this needed transition — because it can successfully communicate with today’s typical workforce population — something that can no longer be effectively accomplished with the old “lecture/reading/testing” model.

We’d better get started.

Without a highly trained and well educated workforce we will find ourselves at a competitive disadvantage.

America’s blue collar workforce is our lifeblood. These smart, talented individuals will create, build and mold much of our future.

They built this country once — and, can do so again! (With the help of e-Learning.)

More on Wednesday – – –

— Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning
www.itclearning.com/blog/ (Mondays & Wednesdays)