Group of five individuals sits on stage for a panel discussion

“Apprenticeship programs work” was the key sentiment shared by the four panelists who took part in the “Postsecondary Pathways Reimagined” discussion at Business Roundtable’s CEO Workforce Forum in Washington, D.C., on March 6.

Chancellor Juan Salgado, who has been singing the praises of public-private partnerships for years, was joined on stage at the event by Brendan Bechtel, chairman and CEO of Bechtel, Chris Kastner, president and CEO of HII, and Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., president of Alabama State University. The conversation was moderated by Eamon Javers, senior Washington correspondent for CNBC. The group business and higher education leaders agreed that investments in apprenticeships pay off for students and employers alike.

As the emergence of apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities has grown, Chancellor Salgado was asked what has changed in the industry. His answer? Companies began looking at their job descriptions and saw an opportunity to hire community college students, including our talented students at City Colleges.

Click play on the video below to watch the full panel discussion (skip to the 1:26 mark).

Photo of Chancellor Juan Salgado with a play button in the center.

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