We are failing Americans without college degrees. Research shows that up to 30 million workers without four-year degrees are drastically underpaid, and have the skills to earn 70 percent more than what they’re currently making. What accounts for this failure of the labor market? One problem is that traditional resumes don’t show or verify the full range of a worker’s skills—including those gained in the military and volunteer work, not to mention family businesses and caretaking. But there’s a promising digital fix that could help: learning and employment records. LERs are digital profiles that allow individuals to document their knowledge and skills, no matter how they were acquired—and have the potential to transform hiring while fueling innovation. What is an LER, and how can it be used to record everything you’ve ever learned? How can this technology be designed and implemented to create more jobs with good wages? And what will it take to design and implement LERs that make the labor market fairer to all workers instead of reinforcing existing social, educational, and digital divides?
Workcred senior director of research Isabel Cardenas-Navia, co-author of a new essay on LERs, and Issues in Science and Technology editor-in-chief Lisa Margonelli visit Zócalo to talk about reconstructing credentialing around a system that recognizes—and even encourages—non-traditional learning and diverse career paths.
SCORE Los Angeles is partnering with Innovate Pasadena to bring you a special webinar where Small Business attendees can submit their website and social media for a live review during this one-hour workshop led by Small World Communications CEO Rob McClinton and TechSparks marketing expert Preeti Narang. They join forces to review websites and social media accounts for areas of improvement, missed opportunities, and fresh ideas.
And the best part? Fixes require minimum technical knowledge and often apply to any of the most popular website platforms available, from WordPress to Shopify, Wix to Squarespace.
Attendees will walk away with actionable steps and ideas to help their websites flow and their social media shine.
The next monthly installment of the LAEDC’s Economic Briefing will be on Monday, July 19th at 11:00 AM PDT. Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, and the LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics (IAE) Director, Shannon Sedgwick, will be offering insights into the ongoing ramifications and slowing recovery from the COVID-19-induced recession with an update on jobs, unemployment and industry performance.
This update will share insights on your local economy. Space is limited, and registration is required. We invite you to submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them answered on the webinar by the IAE team.
Together for L.A., powered by LAEDC, invites you to join our upcoming complimentary webinar this Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00AM PT, to learn about recovery and resilience resources for your small business with presentations focused on reopening, programs, grants, etc.
Together for L.A. is a collaborative of partners working together to advance a more equitable, sustainable and resilient economic recovery by offering no cost consulting and support to women and diverse-owned small businesses, funded by Wells Fargo.