By Stanley S. Litow
IBM’s Vice President for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs
American education needs large scale systemic change. But that won’t happen without partnerships between the public and private sectors. College graduates earn 84% more than high school grads. 63% of American jobs will require post-secondary education by 2018. And more than 50% of American employers can’t find qualified workers — as unemployment stagnates above 9%. Meanwhile, only 41% of Americans have Bachelor’s degrees, only 30% of four-year college students graduate, and, in some cities, a whopping 90% of community college students drop out. In response, IBM is helping New York and Chicago develop innovative, grades 9 through 14 schools that will prepare graduates for growth-industry employment. These programs can be replicated anywhere across the country — where civic leaders, the community and the corporate sector can work together to secure our children’s future.
To read Litow’s guest blog post on the Web site for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, click here.