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What is The Springboard Project?
The Springboard Project is an action-oriented independent commission that developed policy recommendations for a strong 21st century approach to equip Americans with the knowledge and skills needed for lifelong success in the U.S. workforce.
The focus is on the American worker and the role government, business, labor, and individuals should play in helping workers succeed.
Who led The Springboard Project?
The Springboard Project was launched by Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of leading U.S. companies, because it believes it is critical to find new approaches to address Americans' concerns about their employability as today's jobs disappear or become obsolete and tomorrow's jobs require higher levels of skills and education.
Bill Green, Chairman and CEO of Accenture and Chairman of Business Roundtable Education, Workforce and Innovation Initiative, is Chairman of The Springboard Project.
The Springboard Project identified the follow key steps for future prosperity:
- Create Incentives to Build a Better Educated and Trained Workforce: Increase postsecondary education and training attainment rates to meet market demand and provide personal opportunity by rewarding institutions and individuals.
- Develop Nationally Recognized Workforce Certifications and Credentials: Empower students and workers by creating nationally portable workforce skill credentials that are credible to educators and valued by employers.
- Communicate Timely and Consumer-Friendly Information to Workers: Provide valuable labor market and related education information in ways that are easily accessible, understandable and timely.
- Bring 21st-Century Innovation to Education and Training: Reinvent the delivery systems of postsecondary education and training to get better and more cost effective outcomes for more people.
- Unlock the Value of Community Colleges and Two-Year Institutions: Build on the untapped potential of community colleges and two-year institutions to encourage more people to embrace postsecondary education and to revitalize local economies.
Who are the members of The Springboard Project?
The Springboard Project is comprised of a diverse and select group of leading thinkers, including: business executives, labor leaders, educators, social networking experts, government officials and foundation chiefs. The perspectives of this group will bring a new mindset to solving this urgent challenge.