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Stanley Litow, Contributors
Throughout the past year, Baltimore has been engaged in an earnest conversation about how to change the city’s trajectory, bending it in a way that provides opportunities for all of its residents and bolsters economic growth.
Equipping our next generation with the academic and real-world skills needed to prepare them for the emerging economy remains one of the most important economic challenges of our time. And, in fact, there is ample evidence of a widening gap between job opportunities and skilled workers in the city. For example, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Associated Black Charities recently identified a growing need for workers who can fill the more than 120,000 middle-skilled STEM jobs in Baltimore. Notably, these are jobs that, on average, pay more than a living wage. Johns Hopkins alone has more than 33,000 employees in Baltimore, and a significant percentage of its jobs require skills credentials that can make it hard to find qualified candidates.
Read more on the Baltimore Business Journal.