Training Workers in a Changing Economy

Legislative Roundtable Discussion

Students working in a lab on a drone project

Photo by Christopher Futcher/iStock


May 26, 2016


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch provided


RAND Corporation

1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Complimentary parking at RAND


The numbers seem to contradict each other: The state's unemployment rate is high, but employers are having trouble finding workers who are trained for the jobs that are available. How do state leaders confront workforce shortages, an education system that isn't keeping pace with 21st century labor market demands, and younger generations that are unaware of career opportunities in high-demand occupations that require STEM skills? The 2016 state budget has $200 million proposed for a "Strong Workforce Program," which requires community colleges to expand access to career technical education courses and programs, and $48 million annually allocated to an existing career technical education program that would increase collaboration between K-12 schools and community colleges. Join us in hearing about whether existing or proposed federal and state efforts to address this critical issue will succeed, and how public-private partnerships are helping to develop a job-driven U.S. workforce and training system.

Robert Bozick

Associate Director, RAND Labor and Population

Antonio Manning

Vice President, Office of Corporate Responsibility, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Attend the Roundtable

This roundtable discussion is for staff of elected officials in California. Free parking is available for registered guests. A conference call number will be provided to registered guests unable to participate in person. RSVP by email to by May 23.