Tearing the Paper Ceiling: Insights from State Leaders

Over the past two years, a growing number of states have begun removing college degree requirements from job descriptions, beginning with Maryland and now expanding to nearly 20 states with leaders on both sides of the aisle. The shift stems from a growing recognition that the labor market is broken for the millions of workers across the country who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs) — those who have gained skills through community college, military service, or on-the-job training. What can the broader workforce development community learn from states’ experience tearing the paper ceiling and creating new opportunities for STARs? Attendees will learn about how removing degree requirements can help build a stronger and more resilient workforce.