Omaha Public Radio News
2:52 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Forum to Address Nebraska's Skills Gap

Omaha, NE – Nebraska Appleseed will present a forum tomorrow to address Nebraska's skills gap.

Executive Director Becky Gould says by 2018, 63% of jobs in the state will require post-secondary education. Currently, only 36% of Nebraska adults have an Associate's Degree or higher.

Gould says one of Nebraska Appleseed's areas of focus is making sure low-income families have the opportunity to be successful in the state's workforce. She says the key to that success is ensuring that education and training opportunities are available and targeted to individuals of all skill levels.

"We have some real challenges in terms of what the jobs of the future are going to be and what our skills and abilities of our workforce look like, in matching up with those needs. Part of what we need to do as a state is figure out how we can move more folks along the education and training pipelines in our state to meet those workforce needs."

The Building Nebraska's Future Workforce Forum takes place tomorrow from 9:00 to 3:30 at Goodwill Industries, 4805 N. 72nd Street.

To register for the forum, the website is neappleseed.org/workforce