The Economic Perspective: “Task-Focused Education”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at task-focused education.  Mike, one of the outcomes of the coronavirus may be a need to overhaul our educational system.  Some experts say up to one-third of the jobs in our country may be lost of significantly changed as a result of the virus.  How will our educational system need to change?


Mike:  Summary Answer

  • Two big reasons for these changes – remote working, and advanced technology doing many of today’s jobs
  • Hopefully, new jobs will appear, but will be different
  • Not only will this mean new kinds of training for young students, but also for existing workers losing their jobs
  • The new training needs to be short, focused, and inexpensive
  • Community colleges will be important, but so too will new programs at high schools and even advanced colleges and universities
  • Looking a training programs of a year or two
  • I’m MW


Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.