The All In: Student Pathways Forward season two launches with an introductory episode featuring a conversation with Maureen Conway, the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program. This season will continue to elevate Oregon community college student voices to shape inclusive policies, practice and partnerships, but shifts the discussion to job quality and equity from season one’s focus on student basic needs insecurity. Job quality was a common issue raised by community college students during the first season, and a key motivator for students in returning to college and pursuing postsecondary credentials.
Maureen sets the stage for this season by offering an expansive definition of job quality that is guided by workers and shares more information on the Aspen Institute’s Job Quality Tool Library. She discusses the connections between basic needs insecurity and the lack of quality jobs for students while sharing opportunities community colleges and workforce development agencies have to influence job quality with their employer partners.
The All In: Student Pathways Forward podcast is a part of Oregon’s participation in the National Skills Coalition SkillSPAN network. It can also be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other podcast sites.