SOURCE: ACT Foundation

ACT Foundation

June 20, 2016 10:17 ET

ACT Foundation Challenges SkillsUSA to Turn Learning Into Earning

SkillsUSA Participants Join the Learning Is Earning 2026 Conversation to Envision a Future Where Learning and Earning Are Fused

LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwired - June 20, 2016) - ACT Foundation, in partnership with Institute for the Future, is bringing the interactive Learning is Earning 2026 forecasting experience to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this week to add valuable perspectives to the national conversation on the evolution of learning and occupational equity. Learning Is Earning 2026 will challenge young working learners participating in SkillsUSA to imagine a future where learning is earning.

Learning is Earning 2026 proposes an incredible opportunity for today's 3.2 million students from low-income backgrounds whose options are limited by economic need. For these young people in underserved communities, the traditional path of obtaining a college degree before entering the workforce is not an option; and many work long hours while learning, often in jobs seemingly unrelated to their studies or chosen career paths. Learning is Earning 2026 challenges students to envision a world where those work hours are considered valuable learning experiences that can be traded like currency. Learning is Earning 2026 foresees a reality where disruptive technologies and innovative thinking have enabled learners to earn while acquiring in-demand skills and competencies. In this future, working and learning are inextricably fused, creating increased education and economic opportunities. Players are asked build on this scenario to imagine what happens next.

Developed in partnership with the Institute for the Future, Learning is Earning 2026 uses an interactive online forecasting experience to encourage players to envision the future, collaborate and compete with each other, and critically think about a world where learning and earning work simultaneously. The game offers players from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to openly ideate and co-create a smarter, more integrated, and equitable reality for all working learners.

"It is clear that education is evolving, and young working learners are part of shaping that evolution," said Parminder K. Jassal, Ph.D., executive director of the ACT Foundation. "Changes in education must address the needs of the primary consumer, in this case, the student. Most learners in America today are also working, so it's critical that their voices are part of the dialogue and destiny of education. The young people at SkillsUSA are among those we are working to empower -- people who are learning and growing all the time and need ways to highlight their formal and informal learning experiences."

More information the Learning is Earning 2026 game can be found at: http://www.learningisearning2026.org/

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When: Online game starts on Tuesday, June 21 at 9:00 a.m. EDT and ends on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Where: Visit the ACT Foundation Expo booth S5 on the TECHSPO trade show floor at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

About ACT Foundation

ACT Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping young people achieve education and workplace success. Working with today's business, education, and philanthropy leaders, as well as tomorrow's visionaries, ACT Foundation invests in research, programs, and partner networks to increase educational and economic opportunity, particularly for low income, high-school, college, and young adult students that work while learning toward a degree or certificate. www.actfdn.org.

About the Institute for the Future

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, nonprofit strategic research group with more than 40 years of forecasting experience. The core of its work is identifying emerging trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and the global marketplace. IFTF's research spans a broad territory of deeply transformative trends, from health and health care to technology, the workplace, and human identity. The Institute for the Future is located in Palo Alto, California. (http://www.iftf.org)

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 technical, skilled and service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships planned and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.

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