California’s Growing Skills Gap Focus of Education Committee Meeting

Hans Johnson (left), senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and director of the PPIC Higher Education Center, speaks on California’s increasing skills and higher education attainment gap at the CalChamber Education Committee meeting on May 31. California’s best-educated age group, members of the baby boomer generation, is starting to retire and the state currently ranks 47th out of the 50 states in the share of recent high school graduates that go to a four-year college. Loren Kaye (center), president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, spoke next about Linked Learning, which is helping bridge the skills gap. At right is committee Chair Sheila Condon, vice president of enterprise services at IBM Corporation.