The U.S. workforce trails many other developed nations in the foundational skills essential for both individuals and the nation as a whole to thrive: the ability to read, the ability to understand numbers and do math, and the ability to solve problems using technology. Yet the societal, economic, and individual importance of these skills has never been higher.
Literacyworks invites you join Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, and Santa Rosa Junior College President Frank Chong to begin a local conversation about our national foundational skills crisis. This North Bay forum will gather input for national action plan to improve the foundational skills of U.S. adults and lay the groundwork for building greater economic vitality and shared prosperity in the North Bay. As a local stakeholder we need your input and experience to be heard by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor.
We plan to build on this forum to effect training opportunities in the North Bay and align with the national action plan. We’ll spend the first hour reviewing the stats of the recently released international Survey of Adult Skills and will hear from several speakers. For the second hour we'll breakout in groups to discuss local solutions.
Literacyworks has invited leaders and practitioners from North Bay companies; secondary, postsecondary, and adult education; workforce development; economic development; public library services; health and human services; and community health clinics to participate.
Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey; Frank Chong, Ed.D. Superintendent/President, Santa Rosa Junior College; Paul Heavenridge Executive Director, Literacyworks and LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center