Schools and businesses co-produce programs teaching job-specific skills, integrating formal education and employment. Education in 2020 also blends adult retraining and youth education — companies send employees who need retraining back to school with kids learning the skills for the first time. Co-learning fosters the exchange of practical wisdom and fresh ways of thinking between both groups.
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New York’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) offers six years of “high-schooling,” after which students graduate with an associate’s degree—and a guaranteed job with IBM. The company sends full-time staff to ensure the curriculum teaches kids the skills it seeks.