It is well reported that work-based skills are changing as more and more jobs are displaced by digital technologies. Software, apps and online technology companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Legal Zoom and TurboTax to name a few, has already had an impact on many professions. Online shopping has eliminated tens of thousands of retail store positions.  And with self-driving vehicles on the way, how many taxi, trucking, express delivery-and even aviation jobs-will go the way of the telephone switchboard operator?  If history is a reliable guide, the technologies that are eliminating one set of jobs will CREATE others: jobs that require twenty-first century-mainly digital-skills. 

 

The explosion in industrial robotics (advanced manufacturing), for example, is eliminating thousands of assembly line jobs but it is creating a demand for people who can design, manufacture, program and maintain those machines.  Most schools lack the resources to keep up with the technological curve.  Only 20% of educators, according to a recent report, affirm that their schools' Internet connections meet their teaching requirements.  And how many schools have robotic labs, 3D printers, code writing courses, and so forth?  Not many.  There are plenty of unfilled job openings. The problem is that many young people are leaving high school-and college-without the skills and work experience that business and industry need.  And with so many traditional jobs being ripe for automation, they need skills that will matter in the working world of tomorrow.

 

Students learn key aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), by leveraging robotics; they discover and develop skills that align with current and future workforce needs in 21st century occupations.  NetAcad students learn firsthand why and how IoT will have a HUGE impact across major industry sectors, globally.  Students learn and experience how machines and software interact through coding.  These are innovative strategies to leverage robotics and software to connect and control devices, processes, data and things in new ways. In

~ Pastor Keith Davis