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How online learning can close the skills gap


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Is online education the solution to the skills gap? Academic & employment experts discuss how online degree programs & certifications can help the underemployed & employers who can't find skilled applicants.

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How online learning can close the skills gap

  1. 1. Melissa Venable, PhD Mark Anthony Dyson Jessica Ayub, LPC Can Online Learning Can Close the Skills Gap?
  2. 2. The Underemployment Crisis
  3. 3. Currently, only 46.4% of the population holds a “good job” Source: Gallup Gallup defines a good job as “30+ hours per week for an employer who provides a regular paycheck.”
  4. 4. 46% of all workers identify as underemployed 43% of college-educated workers identify as underemployed
  5. 5. of these workers say that the reason they are underemployed is because they are not using their education or training 76% Source: PayScale
  6. 6. Why?
  7. 7. Not enough workers graduate with the skills employers are looking for. Source: Washington Post
  8. 8. Source: Bloomberg Recruiters want: strategic thinking, leadership, and creative problem- solving, but consider them rare.
  9. 9. There is hope
  10. 10. The majority of students enrolled in online programs cite career-related motivation for continuing their education. Source: The Learning House
  11. 11. This panel will share data about new trends in online education and discuss how educators and employers can use online options to bridge the skills gap.
  12. 12. We will share examples of online learning options that work for employees and employers
  13. 13. We will share advice to help students make smarter educational choices and avoid mistakes that cost money and time.
  14. 14. Who Are We? Melissa Venable PhD in Instructional Technology Job and Career Transition Coach Online Adjunct Instructor, University of South Florida and Saint Leo University Mark Anthony Dyson Host, "The Voice of Job Seekers" podcast MA in Education/Specializing in Adult Education and Training Career consultant practitioner Jessica Ayub Licensed Professional Counselor Career Services Director MA in Counseling Psychology Global Career Development Facilitator
  15. 15. Let’s get the conversation started!