The 21st Century workplace is knowledge and intensive and dynamic. To be competitive, Post-traditional Learners require postsecondary level academic and applied skills as well as an ability to manage their own human capital development as they move through jobs and careers. For workers and the nation to be competitive, this new workplace reality will necessitate a blurring of the boundaries between education institutions and employers as a means to enhance and speed up human capital development.
In my writing, I highlight emergent practices and partnerships that are creating this new “Whole Life Learning” space.
This paper, written for the White House Summit on Community Colleges, establishes that a set of emergent practices that enable partnerships between community colleges and employers are the key to creating a learning platform that will allow post-traditional, working learners to achieve educational and career success by aligning life, work and school to develop human capital.
This paper, written for the Duke Law School Forum on Law and Social Change, argues that integrating academic and applied skills in educational practice is critical to building the workforce for the Green Economy. We make recommendations for how to modify public policy to achieve this integration through employer and educator partnerships.
This paper, written for the Labor and Employment Relations Association Research Journal, argues that the needs of post-traditional learners are not being met by separate workforce training and higher education systems. Rather we need a postsecondary education system that engages employers with flexible training programs that are academically rigorous.