Aligning the Government, Higher Education and Private Sectors for Success

April 24, 2023
11 AM EST | 8 AM EST

Market equilibrium is a state when supply equals demand. For the job market, it’s when we produce graduates/workers with the skills the private sector needs to maintain and grow its business. Wages are stable. Workers have billable skills. Companies can fill its open positions. Governments can consistently grow their regional economies. Educational institutions produce satisfied consumers. It’s a win-win.

Post-Covid, market equilibrium has been a fantasy. High wages are influencing inflation. Enrollments at colleges are declining. Graduates report being underemployed. Firms lament the lack of no talent to fill open roles. Governments are struggling to provide the services that constituents need in this changing landscape. What is the outlook?

What will be covered

  • Newly passed legislation impacting the higher education and workforce sectors
  • Skills most needed by new companies locating to North Carolina
  • Challenges facing enrollment in higher education
  • Talent shortages impact on the growth of businesses
  • Advice for parents and college-aged students

About the Panelists

About the Presenters

Jon Hardister

Jon Hardister is currently the North Carolina House Majority Whip and Chair of the Education - Universities committee and Vice Chair of Appropriations. He has been involved with many of the announcements of new companies that are coming to the Triad and throughout North Carolina. Recently, he announced his candidacy to become the next Labor Commissioner of North Carolina.
Jon Hardister

Stuart Mease

Stuart Mease is currently a Director for ROCS Grad Staffing with a career spanning the private, governmental and higher education sectors providing a unique lens to the labor market. Prior to ROCS, Mease spent 15 years at college career centers at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Stuart Mease

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