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Oswego Literacy Summit

  1. 1. Oswego Employer Workforce Literacy Summit John Twomey, NYATEP
  2. 2. What We’ll Talk About Today <ul><li>There are a million good reasons why good literacy and numeracy skills are important to individuals, their families, the community, and the country </li></ul><ul><li>Certainly if “financial literacy” was more widespread then we would have had fewer people taking some exotic mortgages that hurt them as values plunged </li></ul><ul><li>But that’s not what we’re talking about today… </li></ul><ul><li>We’re talking about the importance of a highly literate workforce in this 21 st Century economy </li></ul>
  3. 3. My Premise <ul><li>Good Literacy and Numeracy Skills are absolutely essential to earning a middle class living in the 21 st Century. </li></ul><ul><li>Adult Basic Education can no longer operate separately from occupational training. </li></ul><ul><li>When WIA is reauthorized, Title I and Title II will be much closer aligned. </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s why….. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Some statistics from…. Ed Gordon, Futurist
  5. 6. When It All Changed Employment Gains by Education: 1992-2002 National Statistics Employment Policy Foundation tabulation of BLS Statistics
  6. 8. Travels with John <ul><li>The airport </li></ul><ul><li>The car rental counter </li></ul><ul><li>The toll booth </li></ul><ul><li>The hotel </li></ul><ul><li>The gas station </li></ul><ul><li>Kinko’s </li></ul><ul><li>Penn Station </li></ul><ul><li>Three days, millions of jobs lost to technological replacement. So what does this mean for workforce development in the US, your State, your institution ? </li></ul>
  7. 9. Earnings Gain HSDO to GED/HSD
  8. 10. Earnings Gains HSD to Associate’s
  9. 11. Earnings Gains HSD to B.A.
  10. 12. Working Age Adults HSDO
  11. 13. Adults Aged 25 – 64 HSG only Adults Aged 25 – 64 HSG only
  12. 14. Job Openings by Skill Level
  13. 15. US Unemployment Rate
  14. 16. Vacant Jobs 2009
  15. 17. Reach Higher America   Language Challenge Credential Challenge Literacy Numeracy Challenge Post-Sec Education Challenge Total Number of U.S. Adults (18 – 64)   6,466,383   23,247,930   34,288,383   23,997,303   88,000,000 Percent of Total U.S. Adults (18 – 64) 153 Million   4.7%   17.0%   20.1%     15.7%     57.5%
  16. 19. NAEP
  17. 20. National Assessment of Adult Literacy Skills <ul><li>14% of United States working age people are in NAALS level 5 status </li></ul><ul><li>NAALS Level 5 – can’t balance a checkbook, either totally illiterate or maybe can read a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>New York State NAALS Level 5 percentage is 22% </li></ul><ul><li>New York is 49 th of 50 states (Vt= 7%, Mass= 10%, Ct= 9%, NJ= 17%, Pa= 13%) </li></ul><ul><li>Oswego NAALS Level 5 is 12% http://www.nces.ed.gov/naal/estimates/StateEstimates.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>30 counties in New York are below Oswego’s 12% </li></ul>
  18. 21. Opportunities <ul><li>President Obama   called the investment in community colleges crucial because &quot;jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience&quot; in coming years. &quot;We will not fill those jobs, or keep those jobs on our shores, without the training offered by community colleges,&quot; he said. – CNN 7/14/09 </li></ul><ul><li>Rahm Emmanuel “ We must make a college degree as universal as a high school diploma. More than ever, America's success depends on what we can learn . In this new era, college will be the greatest engine of opportunity for our society and our economy.” </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Economic Advisors “ Occupations requiring higher educational attainment are projected to grow much faster than those with lower educational requirements, with the fastest growth among occupations that require an associate’s degree or a post-secondary vocational award.” </li></ul>
  19. 22. Challenges <ul><li>From 1963 to 2005 enrollment at two-year colleges has increased over 600 percent , eclipsing the increase in four-year enrollment which was only 200 percent, (BUT)….. </li></ul><ul><li>Completion- Six years after students began their postsecondary education, 62 percent of adult “employees who study”—working learners who put their work before their studies, or in economic parlance have a high labor market had not completed a degree or certificate and were no longer enrolled , while 37 percent had achieved a degree or certificate. </li></ul><ul><li>WHY?? Many have rusty basic skills and struggle academically. They work in low-paying jobs and lack resources to invest in education. </li></ul><ul><li>They lack good information about labor market opportunities and become frustrated at what their education is getting them. </li></ul>From Working Learners , Louis Soares, CAP 2009
  20. 23. WIA Funding
  21. 24. Theory vs. Fiscal Reality Program FY09 Enacted FY2010 House Labor H FY2010 Senate Labor H WIA Adult $861,540,000 $861,540,000 $861,540,000 WIA Dislocated $1,183,840,000 $1,183,840,000 $1,183,840,000 WIA Youth $924,069,000 $924,069,000 $924,069,000 Employment Service $703,576,000 $703,576,000 $703,576,000 Perkins VATEA $1,271,694,000 $1,271,694,000 $1,271,694,000 Adult Basic and Literacy Education $567,468,000 $639,567,000 $641,567,000
  22. 25. GEDs awarded per 1,000
  23. 26. Enrollment in ABE per 1,000 dropouts
  24. 27. Affordability
  25. 28. Affordability
  26. 29. Affordability
  27. 30. Affordability
  28. 31. ESL per 1,000 Adults
  29. 32. The Demand Side
  30. 34. Next Steps – Your Call <ul><li>After I’m done here today I get to go home </li></ul><ul><li>You guys have the hard work to do </li></ul><ul><li>If this group doesn’t aggressively raise the alarm on this issue, who will ? </li></ul>
  31. 35. For More Information <ul><li>Contact John Twomey at 518 433 1200 x2 or </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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