Today’s jobs are changing, and they are changing at such a rapid pace that many of the jobs our students will hold in the future do not even exist today.

But just because we don’t know what those jobs are doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to prepare today’s students, and tomorrow’s work force, for the opportunities awaiting them. A large part of that preparation will rely on equal technology access to all students.

In order to empower our students and give them the confidence they’ll need to take their skills into the workforce of the future, we must help students see themselves as “change agents”–an idea esposed by many educators, including Dr. Kedra Gamble, an assistant professor of professional practice and community school partnership liaison.

New workforce challenges and new opportunities are the result of various recent developments including the digital revolution, changing work patterns and globalization.

More and more, labor is characterized by people working under non-standard contracts. It is a connected, technology-stimulated, accelerated marketplace where the traditional model of completing education and then entering the workforce is becoming obsolete.

Home tuition, self-study and online and lifelong learning are fast becoming staples of the new economy.

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