Business Champions are committed to helping more companies build a next-generation American workforce.

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Nationally, it is estimated that 123 million skilled workers will be needed by 2020. Currently, only 50 million people possess the skills and credentials – for jobs like medical coding, welding, and many others – to meet these needs. We have a supply and demand problem right now in this country that is hurting businesses. There are millions of job openings but companies cannot find workers with the right college or vocational training to fill them. If businesses do not help fix this mismatch and link adults to learning and credential completion, we will lose our competitive edge.

For workers, college or vocational training is not only a must for most jobs, but it is closely linked with higher incomes, increased consumer purchasing power, and improved economic health.

  • Four out of ten U.S. employers report difficulty filling open positions.

  • The unemployment rate for non-college graduates is over 3x that of college graduates. 

  • By 2020, 65% of jobs will require some college education or above.


Our collaboration is unique. Business Champions are the leaders at top companies across the United States, representing a wide variety of sectors from agriculture to health care to retail. We are sharing which strategies work and identifying the real returns on investment in employee education. We are also working to promote meaningful policy changes at the state and federal level that will provide more workers access to the skills, training, and degrees they need to become employable and to advance on a career path to better paying jobs.


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