Reconstructing the dream

By 2020 10 million skilled workers will be needed. This year alone nearly 1.8 million students will graduate according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 78% of those graduates will either not find a job or will find a job that doesn’t utilize their degree. 52% of U.S. employers can’t find skilled workers to fill jobs.

There is a skills gap in America. And it is only going to get worse. But it doesn’t have to. There are things we can do now, together, to fix this growing problem and put an end to it.

For starters, we can reevaluate what the American dream is. What it looks like. How to attain it. We can look at how our society is changing, has changed, and will continue to change and adapt the dream.

70% of students at traditional universities are ‘non-traditional’ students. Meaning they are not an 18 year old fresh out of high school. These are the students who, for one reason or another, life got in the way.

But we continue to cater and develop curriculums for the 30% who fit the mold that society painted. We can no longer be silent. We must all make a stand and say ENOUGH!

We must demand better. From the government who enforces current policy. From the politicians who are making current policy. From universities, community colleges, and career colleges. We must demand that they all work together, with us, to come up with a better solution.

As an employee at PlattForm Advertising I see first hand the challenges and struggles schools are facing. The challenges and struggles students are facing.

I am honored to work for a company that so passionately believes in making education accessible ‘to the most people at the least cost’ that they have created a feature length documentary to shed light on the current problems taking place within the education sector today.

Over the next few months, you will begin seeing and hearing about PlattForm Films’ documentary Reconstructing the Dream. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have gone in to making this film, and it’s important that as many people as possible see it and hear its message.

That’s where you can help. By watching the trailer. By sharing the link to the website through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. By going to the Kickstarter page and making a donation to help distribute the film. By going to the website and making a tax deductible contribution to the film. By talking about it with friends and family.

It’s time America gets back on track to being number one in the world in education. We currently rank 17th. It is time to put solving problems by being solution focused at the forefront. It is time to take a hard look at ourselves and figure out what it is going to take to erase the skills gap. To make middle class a desirable goal to have.

It is time to reconstruct the dream.

Operation: Graduate (Mission Complete!)

Ten years.  Ten, long, hard, tear filled years, and I have finally graduated.  I am now forever a Broncho!  And while I realize that I have said in previous posts that I am a Jayhawk, my heart filled with so much love and pride for my alma mater, the University of Central Oklahoma.  They were the first school to ask me to call them home.  The first ones to open their doors to me and say “you belong here, with us.  Be a Broncho.”  And I am so grateful for that!  Because now I can say I have an alma mater.  I have a home, a mascot and a school identity that is uniquely my own.  For the last six years, I have shared Brett’s alma mater (KU) and have loved it like it was mine, but now, I have one. And it is so incredible!

Will I continue to cheer for the Jayhawks, absolutely; but now, I’m a Broncho, too.  And while we may not be high profile, division I athletics, we are pretty incredible, too.  As a matter of fact, our softball team is headed to the College World Series!

So, thank you.  Thank you to UCO for letting me call you home.  For being one of the most diverse places I’ve ever been and by helping me make my dream of graduating come true.  Go Bronchos!