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In this episode of Work in Progress, we examine the critical issue of closing the digital divide in the Hispanic community. Hispanic workers are 14% of overall workers, but represent 35% of workers with no digital skills and 20% of those with limited digital skills.
Digital skills are crucial to obtaining gainful employment and resources to support their families. In March, WorkingNation partnered with SXSW EDU to bring together a panel of outstanding leaders in the Hispanic community to examine solutions to this important issue.
Our Closing the Hispanic Digital Skills Gap panel featured Hector Mujica, Economic Opportunity lead Americas, Google.org; Frankie Miranda, president & CEO, Hispanic Federation; and Domenika Lynch, executive director, Aspen Institute Latino and Society Program. The panel was moderated by John-Carlos Estrada, anchor, CBS Austin.
There is a lot of information in the discussion about solutions, with some excellent ideas floated by this very thoughtful group. In the conversation, Lynch cites the Pathways to Digital Skills Development for Latino Workers report, a collaboration between the Latino and Society Program and Upskill America.
These findings are from a national survey and in-depth interviews with employers of Latino frontline workers and workforce development organizations, and include a call-to-action to help get this workforce the skills they need to succeed in today’s labor market. It was released after the discussion in Austin in March. There’s a lot more information and suggestions in the report, and I encourage you to read it for yourself to get more details.
You can listen to the conversation here.
Episode 231: Closing the Hispanic Digital Skills Gap
Host & Executive Producer: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch and Melissa Panzer
Theme Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0
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