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September 9, 2021 42 min

If there are more job openings than there are people unemployed then why are we facing one of the greatest economic growth challenges of our time? If 32 million Americans don't know how to use a computer and half of Americans are not comfortable learning online, then how do we ensure the skills gap doesn’t exclude those most vulnerable of being left behind? While workers are in high demand, the right skills are in short supply. We must bridge this gap by better aligning the educational and learning resources available to workers with the skills needed by businesses. America’s future depends on it. On this episode of Force Multiplier, Baratunde sits with two leaders who are demonstrating the power of developing innovative cross-sector programs and providing flexible learning options for all. Onney Crawley, CMO of Goodwill Industries, shares how one of the most recognizable community organizations is leading efforts to close the opportunity gap by upskilling millions of Americans and helping them get back into the workforce. Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College, shares how community colleges are leading the way to create more inclusive higher education systems, while also aligning students' skills with local economic needs.

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