Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
As the private and public sectors look to rebuild the economy, they face the same questions: How can the United States strengthen education and American competitiveness so that the next generation will have the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy?
On Thursday, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith will deliver keynote remarks at the Brookings Institution event, “Education and Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness and Economic Opportunity.” In his remarks, Brad will discuss the opportunity divide facing a growing number of young people because they lack the education, skills or opportunities to succeed, and share ideas on how we can foster more forward-looking education and immigration policies.
Following Brad’s keynote remarks, Brookings Vice President and Director of Governance Studies Darrell West will lead a panel of experts in a discussion on policy changes in U.S. education and immigration in a global economy. Panelists include Stan Jones, President of Complete College America; Michael McShane, Education Policy Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Senior Economist at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
Join us for the live webcast from Brookings at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET tomorrow, Thursday, September 27th by registering here.
The Brookings event follows Microsoft’s YouthSpark commitment to provide opportunities to more than 50 million youth in the U.S. and 300 million youth worldwide. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits and businesses, we aim to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Learn more about YouthSpark here.