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Workforce Ready: Preparing Hispanic Students for an Increasingly Automated Economy

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Hispanic students are not only the second largest ethnic group in American schools, but they will also be the second largest workforce that will drive our economy.  If projections of population growth by race and ethnicity remain true, the labor force will be a quarter Hispanic by the year 2065. It is important that Hispanic students are given an equal opportunity to access high-quality school programs, Career Technical Education (CTE) and apprenticeships programs designed for high-skill labor jobs and leadership roles to ensure they will be able to compete for jobs in an economy that increasingly demands people with advanced tech skills and is replacing low-skill jobs with automation. The Census Bureau projects that the Hispanic school-age population will increase by 166% by 2050. The Hispanic labor force was nearly 19.3 million in 2004, and 25.4 million in 2014. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that it will reach 32.5 million in 2024, increasing the share of Hispanics in the total labor force in the next five years. This briefing will bring together experts in education equity, student performance data and front-line educators. These experts will address best practices to provide more equitable and adequate funding to prepared Hispanic students for post-secondary options that include meaningful career paths through credentials or degree.

Panelists:

  • Jason Llorenz, JD, Vice President, Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)

  • Jamison White, National Education Data and Research Manager, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

  • Guest Teacher, DC Public Schools