Racial Equity and Workforce Development

September 23, 2019

Only 15 percent of Latino adults have earned at least an associate degree, compared to 27 percent of black adults who were born in the U.S. and 45 percent of U.S.-born white adults, according to the National Skills Coalition.

Amid that backdrop, the nonprofit group last week published a "road map for racial equity" in workforce development. The report features nine policy solutions, including to adopt racial equity goals in postsecondary education and workforce development plans; to allow incarcerated people to access Pell Grants for college programs; to invest more in apprenticeships; and to invest in support services such as childcare, food and transportation assistance for students who are enrolled in education and training programs.

"For far too long, workers of color and immigrants have not had access to the opportunities to build the skills that they need to compete and prosper because of structurally racist policies," the report said. "This lack of access to education and training helps fuel a middle-skill gap which hurts people, businesses and our economy."

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