ASU+GSV: Jeremy Wheaton on employers’ investment on current and future workers

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign
Jeremy Wheaton, ECMC Foundation’s CEO and president, believes post-pandemic we’ll see “a willingness to work together like we’ve never seen before between employers, investors, and educators to build a better education experience for students and for employees that will ultimately fuel our economy and fuel families with the income that they need, and the opportunity that they need to realize their full potential.” WorkingNation interviewed Wheaton for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held from September 29 through October 1+October 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel. ECMC Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to helping underserved students reach their full potential. While there was pre-pandemic need for assistance helping students meet workforce needs, that’s been accelerated during COVID-19, specifically by being creative about training and education. “We’re seeing individuals, who absolutely have not been in the workforce before or in the specific workforce that the employer’s looking for, that there’s a willingness to have them while they’re receiving their education to actually work onsite with them as well, maybe even taking some of their classes there online.” Wheaton said in the other direction, employers are asking their current employees to be advanced as well—”both to advance their learning, knowledge, and capabilities, and also as a retention tool.” Learn more about ECMC Foundation – click here Learn more about the ASU+GSV Summit – click here Follow the conversation on social media: #workingnationoverheard #asugsvsummit