The Urban Institute hosted a panel discussion identifying the opportunities and challenges to supporting career advancement to middle-skill jobs. Recent government and philanthropic investments have focused on career pathways, frameworks for systems and programs to help low-income adults and youth reach middle-skill jobs. Yet, the emphasis of policy, practice, and research is often on succeeding in the first step on a career pathway, not on job and career advancement. That first step might only allow people to find an entry-level job with wages that cannot sustain a family. During this panel, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers explored how workers can move beyond this first step on a career pathway and into a middle-skill job.
- Brenda Dann-Messier, Rhode Island Postsecondary Commissioner; former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, US Department of Education
- Jaime Fall, Director, Upskill America, Aspen Institute
- Harry Holzer, LaFarge S.J. Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
- Yvonne Lau, Dean of Academic Affairs and Career Pathways, Instituto del Progreso Latino
- Jennie Sparandara, Head of Workforce Strategy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Margery Austin Turner, Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management, Urban Institute
- Demetra Nightingale, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute (moderator)