Opinion: Business and Education Must Work Better Together

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Published in Oregon Business

As chair of the Workforce and Talent Development Board for the state of Oregon, I understand the importance of improved alignment between the workforce needs of our business community and the talent development that our education and training system provides. In the midst of this record-setting economic growth period, businesses are frustrated with the tight labor market and the level of skills of workers.

Workforce development needs are top of mind. Whether it is during good economic times or recession, the business community invariably turns to the education system with a sense of blame, hope and interest. Many of us believe that it is through this system that workforce needs will somehow be magically fixed.

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