Date Added: Oct 2010
All Americans deserve the opportunity to have an occupation that provides a decent standard of living. Increasingly, earning a middle class income requires that workers have a postsecondary credential and regularly upgrade their skills. The recession has accelerated this occupational transformation. Fulfilling this aspiration benefits not only individual jobholders - the nation's economic health very much depends on workers' ability to sustain productive careers. However, evidence suggests a growing mismatch between worker capabilities and employer needs. Left unchecked, this gap will impair the economic health of the nation and its workforce.