On June 19 I had the opportunity to attend an event at the Center for American Progress (CAP). It was a panel discussing a recent report titled The Contributions of Immigrants and Their Children to the American Workforce and Jobs of the Future. The authors of the study were demographers and economists from the University of Southern California. I have been to a few events at CAP before, but this one was by far the most relevant to LCNV and the services it offers. The report discusses the vital role immigrants will play in filling the jobs that will become available when retiring baby boomers leave the workforce en masse over the next 20 years. This wave of retirements will create more jobs than there are people to fill them, which means foreign-born workers are the key in helping fill the deficit.
I found it to be a positive outlook on the topic of immigration which during the current economic climate can often be negative, especially as it relates to the workforce. Given the need for numerous high skilled workers in the future as described by the report, it is clear that LCNV and other service providers play a crucial role. We will continue to provide high quality language services to adults through our tutoring programs and classes and continue to engage them in the education of their children with our Family Learning Program. In some ways it may be a challenge, but it is mostly an incredible opportunity. Also in the audience at this event were LCNV board member Anne Spear and volunteer and placement advisor Carol Ashworth. Carol had a pivotal role at this event by bringing adult education to the attention of the panel during the Q&A section. A video of the event is available online. http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2013/06/11/66104/immigrants-and-their-children-in-the-future-american-workforce/. Look for Carol’s comment and the flurry of follow-up comments at 51:39.
The panelists at this event were:
Dowell Myers, Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and one of the authors of the report.
It was moderated by Daniella Gibbs Léger, Senior Vice President, American Values & New Communities, Center for American Progress.
The report can be found here :
Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Program Specialist
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Due to the James Lee Community Center being closed on July 4-7, 2013, LCNV classes are canceled and the office is closed. If you have questions, please feel free to contact LCNV at 703-237-0866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.