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Why should we care? What can we achieve together?. Work-based Literacy Summit. Anson Green Coordinator, Workbased English Solutions Economic and Workforce Development Alamo Community Colleges . Changing work, Changing workers. Changing work. Changing Work 21st Century Jobs.

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why should we care what can we achieve together

Why should we care? What can we achieve together?

Work-based Literacy Summit

Anson Green

Coordinator, Workbased English Solutions

Economic and Workforce Development

Alamo Community Colleges

changing work 21st century jobs
Changing Work21st Century Jobs

Source - U.S. Department of Commerce - 21st. Century Skills for 21st. Century Jobs

Source - U.S. Department of Commerce - 21st. Century Skills for 21st. Century Jobs

changing work high demand for culturally and linguistically competent workers
Changing Work High demand for culturally and linguistically competent workers

36% of Texans are Hispanic, yet Hispanics are severely underrepresented in Health Services:

  • 9% RNs
  • 7% Nurse Practitioners
  • 11% Physician Assistants

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2003). Border County Health Workforce Profiles: Texas

changing work customer service expectation s
Changing Work Customer Service Expectations
  • Frontline employees with limited English are often a direct link to customers.
  • Poor communication skills can have an indelible impression, impacting customers’ overall perception of the quality of a company’s offerings.

Source: Levenson, A. 2001

changing work frontline communication
Changing Work Frontline Communication
  • Widespread integration of electronic communication into the everyday workflow has increased the need for good reading skills among frontline workers.
  • Many companies have eliminated middle management and devolved responsibility to frontline workers.

Source: Levenson, A. 2001

changing workforce news we must act on
Changing WorkforceNews We Must Act On

First and second-generation immigrants together are projected to account for

all U.S. labor force growth between 2010 and 2030. Lowell, B., Gelatt, J., Batalova, J., 2006

changing workforce labor pool
Changing WorkforceLabor Pool
  • Immigrants in the U.S. labor force reached an historic high in 2005 (14.7%). In Texas, 15.9%. Migration Policy Institute, 2006
changing workforce the elevator speech
Changing WorkforceThe Elevator Speech

The New Texas Challenge, Steve Murdock et al. 2003.

changing workforce workforce diversity
Changing Workforce Workforce Diversity

Example: San Antonio Workforce

  • 220,000 San Antonio area residents are LEP. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006)
  • 16.4 % growth in the Hispanic population in Bexar County from 2000 to 2006.(U.S. Census Bureau, 2008)
  • San Antonio boasts a higher percentage LEP residents with bachelor degrees than the state average.
  • This segment as grown 52% since 2000.

(Migration Policy Institute, 2008)

changing workforce example lep residents with bachelor degrees
Changing Workforce ExampleLEP Residents with Bachelor Degrees

Texas State Demographer, Karl Eshenbach, personal communication.

changing workforce change perceptions

LEP

Changing Workforce Change Perceptions

Skilled and Degreed Professionals

Low Educational Attainment

While most LEP in Texas have limited education from their home country, many have marketable skills and degrees.

changing workforce the future
Changing WorkforceThe Future
  • In 2005–2006, almost half of the Texas public school population were Hispanic. Over 34 percent of these students were LEP. Texas Education Agency, n.d.
changing workforce the future1
Changing Workforce The Future

In 2006, only 12 percent of LEP students in the twelfth grade passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test and only 8 percent of tenth graders passed all TAKS standards. Scharrer, 2007

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Why should we care?

What can we achieve together?

Anson Green

Coordinator, Workbased English Solutions

Economic and Workforce Development

Alamo Community Colleges

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