Briefing: Blue Collar STEM the Future of the U.S. Workforce
Blue Collar STEM –
The Future of the U.S. Workforce
Tuesday, November 7th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CVC Congressional Meeting Room North
Presented by the Congressional Black Caucus
Technology and Infrastructure Development Task Force Co-Chairs:
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Val Butler Demings
and the Congressional Black Caucus Education and Labor Task Force Co-Chairs:
Rep. Danny Davis, Rep. Frederica Wilson, & Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman
This briefing will explore how technology, automation, and other changes in our evolving economy are impacting the nature of our workforce and increasing the demand for blue collar workers to have exposure to STEM fields. To keep communities growing, it is essential for our workforce to be prepared for the 21st century workforce changes. In order for our U.S. workers to remain competitive on a global scale, a new set of tools and skills will be needed to succeed.
These tools will include an increased emphasis on Blue Collar STEM, which encompasses workers with high school, vocational training, or 2-year degrees. It is the hope of the co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Technology and Infrastructure Development Task Force and the Education and Labor Task Force that this event can bring to light the future of our STEM workforce and encourage communities to invest in future generations through blue collar STEM training. Members, Staff, and Stakeholders are welcome to join.
Spencer Overton, President, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Dr. Victor McCrary, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, Morgan State University and Member, National Science Board
Dr. Steve McGee, President, The Learning Partnership
Jacqueline Rodríguez, Program Associate, Opportunity@Work
Pat Yongpradit, Chief Academic Officer, Code.org