Technological advances are putting quality jobs out of reach for workers who lack the proper skills and training. We need a roadmap for a new workforce education system to rebuild America's working class, tackling inequality by equipping our workers for twenty-first-century jobs. We need to train more workers more quickly, using innovative methods. William Bonvillian and Sanjay Sarma join host Maureen Metcalf to share various ideas on the new roles of community colleges, employers, governments, and universities need in workforce education, as well as new education technologies that may be adopted to deliver such training.
William B. Bonvillian is Lecturer at MIT in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and Senior Director of Special Projects at MIT's Office of Digital Learning. He is the co-author of Structuring an Energy Technology Revolution and Advanced Manufacturing (both published by the MIT Press).
Sanjay Sarma is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and Vice President for Open Learning at the Institute. He oversees OpenCourseWare, MITx, MicroMasters, the new MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, and the Jameel World Education Lab at MIT. His current research interests are Internet of Things, street scanning, sensing, RFID, autonomy, cybersecurity, logistics, manufacturing, and education. He is the author of three books: The Inversion Factor, Grasp, and Workforce Education