We are pleased to report that our Time to Reskill event in collaboration with Santa Rosa Junior College was a resounding success. Stakeholders from industry, education, government, and the non-profit world convened for a welcome message from Jane Saldana-Talley, Vice President Petaluma Campus Santa Rosa Junior College, followed by a discussion on the need for services for individuals with low literacy by Frank Chong, President/Superintendent Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Chong's talk was followed by a prerecorded message to the group by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, an overview of The Survey of Adult Skill by Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director Literacyworks/LINCS RPDC 4, and a call to action by Lynn Woolsey, Congresswoman.
After the presentations, attendees were divided into three facilitated groups to discuss individual experiences and ideas about the U.S.'s growing employability skills gap. Literacyworks has submitted these ideas to the U.S. Department of Education for the national action plan to improve the foundational skills of adults.
Special thanks to the SRJC Petaluma Campus staff for helping make this event a success.
Watch the video introduction by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.