Confronting the Skills Gap: The Texas Experience

March 8, 2016
Austin, TX

Demographic changes are redefining the nation in many ways. From education to employment, who makes up the workforce is changing as well. At the same time, technological advances in industry require workers to be more highly skilled and advanced than workers of past generations. To ensure that the U.S. has the pipeline of skilled workers necessary to maintain the country’s global competitiveness, experts say that there is an urgent need to tackle the nation’s skills gap.

In this forum, The Atlantic brought together educators, employers and policy makers in Texas – one of the most diverse and economically prosperous states in the nation – for a discussion about workforce development efforts in the Lone Star State. How can Texas grow the job market for all of its citizens? What is needed to better equip the state’s new workers with the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy? How can Texas forge a workforce necessary to drive the state’s economic engine?

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Note: All times are CT

  • Tuesday, March 08
  • 9:00 a.m.Welcome RemarksMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:05 a.m.The Atlantic Media/Pearson Opportunity Poll Presentation Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 9:15 a.m.A Capital OpportunityThe Honorable Steve Adler, Austin Mayor
  • 9:45 a.m.A New Model for High School: Alamo AcademiesAnnette Enriquez, Graduate, Alamo Academies
    Troy Kettell, Chief Coordinator, Alamo Academies
    With Emily DeRuy, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Pathways to SkillsAmanda Chiampi, Director of Sustainability, AT&T
    Bryan Miller, Principal, Eastside High School
    Juan Sanchez Muñoz, Senior Vice President and Vice Provost, Texas Tech University
    Jeffrey Parks, Dean of Business and Technology, San Jacinto College
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:50 a.m.Under the Dome: The Role of Government and the Skills Gap Andres Alcantar, Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission
    Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    With Emily DeRuy, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:25 a.m.Closing RemarksMargaret Low Smith


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