McALLEN, Texas – Two professors and authors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have co-authored a new book, “Workforce Education: A New Roadmap.”

They are Dr. Sanjay E. Sarma and Dr. William B. Bonvillian.

Bonvillian is Lecturer at MIT in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and Senior Director of Special Projects at MIT’s Office of Digital Learning. 

Sanjay E. Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers professor of mechanical engineering and the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT.

The Office of Professional Education & Workforce Development at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is excited to host a free webinar by two professors on April 15, 2021 at 10 a.m. 

“We invite the community leaders involved in developing our regional workforce to meet the demands of the 21st century workforce, to take advantage of this unique opportunity,” said Jayshree Bhat, assistant vice president for Professional Education & Workforce Development at UTRGV.

Bhat, who invited the speakers to share information about their new book, believes that the discussion is very timely.

“It is now more important than ever before, due to the ever-evolving and rapidly changing workforce, to have an important dialogue about how we can help our youth to develop a competitive edge in the current and future workforce,” Bhat said.

“As the authors note in their book, ‘the American dream promised that if you worked hard you could move up, with well-paying, working-class jobs providing a gateway to an ever-growing middle class. Today, however, we have increasing inequality, not economic convergence.’”

Sarma and Bonvillian say technological advances are putting quality jobs out of reach for workers who lack the proper skills and training. 

Again quoting the authors, Baht said: “Workforce Education offers a roadmap for rebuilding America’s working class. The authors argue that we need to train more workers more quickly, and they describe innovative methods of workforce education that are being developed across the country,” Bhat said.

Bhat added: “We need the community leaders to come together to work towards a common goal for economic and workforce development in our region. I think this webinar will serve well to get the collective conversation started.”

Editor’s Note: Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.

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