Teachers College, Columbia University

The Future of Work: Impact on Community College Programs

Date and Time: October 09, 2019 8 a.m.
Location: San Antonio, TX
Venue: Grand Hyatt | Texas AB

As automation and artificial intelligence reshape industries and redefine jobs, it is critical to look at the skills that will be in high demand in the future. The workforce industry has spent decades training individuals in many job types that will simply disappear in the coming years, as automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs. This panel of experts explored the technologies of the future, discussed how various jobs and industries will be affected, analyzed the most in demand skillsets, and examined how all these changes will impact community college programs. Technologist and futurist Derrick Edwards discussed the waves of worker displacement and creation of new job opportunities caused by automation and artificial intelligence (AI). Josh Davies reflected on how many of the most in-demand skills of the future will be those that can’t be replicated by technology placing more emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and empathy. And former community college president and researcher James Jacobs talked about what all of this means for community college workforce programs.


Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
F. Derrick Edwards
President and Chief Technology Officer
ASG Data Systems
Josh Davies
Chief Executive Officer
The Center for Work Ethic Development
Jo Alice Blondin
Clark State Community College

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