Workforce Development Month Focuses on Careers in Primary and Secondary Education in Week 2
In Colorado, as in the rest of the nation, society is changing rapidly and profoundly. America is facing unprecedented change and uncertainty. Can we rise to the occasion? An assessment of where we stand makes clear the need for future-ready students and, consequently, a need for more educators.
“No matter what kinds of jobs are in the future, basic academic competencies will always be needed,” says Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment. “Governor Polis is committed to ensuring that a good education is in reach for every child and family in Colorado. To do that, we need to find effective ways to address Colorado’s teacher shortage and keep the talent pool of teachers at necessary levels.”
In its report, A Coming Crisis In Teaching? the Learning Policy Institute reports that “after relatively flat student enrollment growth for the past decade, the National Center for Education Statistics predicts the school-going population will increase by roughly 3 million students in the next decade. Teacher demand is on the rise.” The Economic Policy Institute calls the national teacher shortage “real, large and growing and worse than we thought.” Colorado’s teacher shortage grows larger each year.
In this second week of Workforce Development Month, the Department of Labor and Employment examines careers in primary and secondary education. Economists with the agency have compiled a report about primary and secondary education in Colorado. Among their findings:
- Over the last 12 months, job postings for elementary and secondary school teachers in Colorado have been much greater than the national average;
- Education careers in this state have grown by 3.9 percent in the last 12 months;
- Job postings have grown by about 4 percent when compared to the previous 12 months;
- Education careers most in demand are elementary and middle school teachers (with a combined need for more than 3,100 teachers)
Job seekers interested in exploring jobs in primary and secondary education can tap into them at the Department of Labor and Employment’s job bank, connectingcolorado.com. Job seekers interested in careers in primary and secondary education or any industry are invited to visit their nearest workforce center to learn about the resources available to them. A directory of workforce centers is available at Colorado.gov/cdle/wfc.
Workforce Development Month is a collaboration between state and county-run employment offices and the Department of Labor and Employment. For a full listing of other events during this second week of Workforce Development Month, visit the calendar at the Department of Labor and Employment’s home page, www.colorado.gov/cdle.