We must ensure that everyone can receive lifelong education and training in the 21st century. I set foot on American soil for the first time when I was three years old.
Like so many immigrant families.
Mera Italia left Italy for the opportunity and to live a better life. And when they imagined that life better for me, they always told me the same thing: it starts with a good education.
When I was in school, my parents told me that even though they were proud, they always inspired me to be better. In my house, there was never an A unless it shouldn’t be an A anymore.
And thanks to them, I became the first person in my family to go to college. Stories like these confirm a central pillar of the American dream: that if you work hard and get an education, you can prosper.
But, as technology advances, some jobs become obsolete, the skills necessary for success are developed, and the confidence in the dreams of prosperity of citizens around the world suffers.
To drive shared prosperity, we must ensure that everyone receives the lifelong education and training necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
There is an important role in our education system, of course, but the business community should also step up. In particular, we can help prepare the next generation of workers in three important ways.
1. Partner with colleges and universities
First, businesses and educational institutions must actively cooperate to ensure that students need to acquire the knowledge and skills after entering the workforce.
At EY, for example, we engage with colleges and universities through two innovative public-private partnerships: the Business Roundtable Workforce Partnership Initiative and the Greater Washington Partnership.
Through these initiatives, some of America’s leading companies are joining forces with colleges and universities to ensure that their workforce preparation programs are aligned with the needs of local employers.
In this way, students graduate with the most demanding skills and companies have a strong talent portfolio. Beyond these partnerships, EY also works with schools to design courses and provide students with meaningful real-world experiences.
We have collaborated with professors and professional services experts to create a free virtual library of course modules on a wide variety of topics that are relevant to our business.
While efforts like these can have a huge impact, they only work when colleges and universities embrace them.
In many cases, college professors are opposed to the changing curriculum that has worked in the past, even as the world is rapidly changing outside their doors. It is time to change that, for universities and companies to work together.
2. Help more students to pursue higher education
Of course, what is taught in colleges and universities is only relevant to students who can enroll in the first place. Therefore, it is also important for companies to invest in their communities and help reduce barriers to higher education.
This is particularly important in EY, where an informal internal survey found that approximately one-third of our American workforce are first-generation college graduates.
That is why we invest time and resources to help students across the country see higher education as a realistic path. As part of our college MAP program, EY staff refer students from underground communities, helping them navigate the college and scholarship application process.
I have personally been involved with two amazing organizations, Prep for Prep and Oliver Scholars, that help students from underground communities in New York City find independent school spots and prepare for a higher college education.
Like me, an incredible number of these students become the first in their families to earn a degree.
3. Promotion of lifelong learning in the workplace
Lastly, we often talk about education as it relates to students, but learning shouldn’t end once your career begins. EY invests more than $ 500 million in training and approximately 13 million hours in classroom instruction each year.
We promote continuous learning through a program called EY Badge, which enables our people to earn credentials to acquire and apply new skills. These efforts help keep our employees strong while providing our people with ways to gain valuable skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.
One of the things that makes the American Dream so extraordinary and so universal is that it is accessible to people of all backgrounds and lives. Today, as companies become more technology-driven.
It is up to companies to invest in education and workforce training to ensure that the promise is always true. At the Milken Global Conference, April 28-May 1, world leaders discuss shared prosperity.
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To fulfill dreams of greater and more equitable prosperity in the face of the dangers of future technology-driven job threats, businesses must play a more active role in educating and preparing future generations.
To do this, business organizations should partner with colleges and universities whenever possible, helping more students access higher education and promoting lifelong learning in the workplace.
It Can Provide A Quick And Effective Way To Predict COVID-19. The paper-based device can detect SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in wastewater. An approach called waste-based epidemiology (WBE).
Which is already recognized as an effective way to detect illegal drugs and obtain information on health, diseases and pathogens, the possible spread of SARS.
It can provide a quick and effective way to predict – cov -2. A new coronavirus by detecting biomarkers in faeces and urine of disease carriers entering the sewer system, causing COVID-19 disease.
A quick test kit with a paper-based device can be used to locate sources in wastewater treatment plants and determine if there are potential carriers in local areas.
The paper device appears in steps to fold and filter pathogen nucleic acids from waste material samples, then a biochemical reaction with pre-loaded reagents reveals whether nucleic acid from SARS-COV-2 infection is present.
The results are visible to the naked eye: a green circle represents a positive and a blue circle represents a negative. Image from Cranefield University. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has spread rapidly around the world and cases have now been confirmed in 130 countries around the world.
Some clinical cases have found that some carriers of the virus can be asymptomatic, without fever, without more or with minor symptoms of infection.
Without the ability to quickly and effectively screen these asymptomatic patients, these untreated carriers have the potential to increase the risk of disease transmission if initial effective quarantine measures are not implemented.
Therefore, the rapid and accurate detection of possible virus carriers and the diagnosis of asymptomatic patients is an important step for intervention and prevention in early stages, to detect unknown sources of SARS-CoV-2.
In the case of asymptomatic infection in the community or when people are not sure whether they are infected or not, real-time detection of feces from the community through paper-based analytical tools can be determined by allowing whether SARS carriers -CoV-2 are in an area of detection.
And quarantine & prevention, said lead author Dr. Xugen Yang of Cranfield University. Said a lecturer and head technology. If SARS-VOC-2DN can be monitored in a community at an early stage through the WRS.
And then effective interventions can be taken to restrict the movements of that local population as soon as possible, reducing the prevalence of pathogens Do and is in public health risk.
Live SARS-CoV-2 virus can be isolated from the feces and urine of infected people.
And the virus can generally survive for several days in a suitable environment after leaving the human body. The kit’s paper device is filtered and opened to filter out pathogenic nucleic acids from the wastewater samples.
A biochemical reaction with pre-loaded reagents shows that the nucleic acid present in the SARS-CoV-2. The results are visible to the naked eye: a green circle represents a positive and a blue circle represents a negative.
We have already developed a paper device to test genetic material in waste matter as proof of concept. It provides a clear ability to test infection with adaptation, Dr. Yang said.
This tool is inexpensive and will be easy for non-specialists to use after further improvements. We hope that the device can present a complete and immediate picture of the health of the population after this sensor is implemented in the near future.
The team’s work was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Can the paper-based device track the wastewater-based epidemiology of COVID-19? Wastewater testing can provide an early warning for COVID-19.
Researchers at Cranfield University are working on a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in sewage from virus-infected communities.
The wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) approach can provide an effective and rapid way to predict the possible spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) in biomarkers in faeces and urine of disease carriers entering the sewer system.
Rapid test kits using paper-based devices can be used to locate on-site sources in wastewater treatment plants and determine if there are potential COVID-19 carriers in local areas.
Professor of Sensor Technology at the Cranfield Institute for Water Sciences, Dres. Zugen Yang said:
In the case of asymptomatic infection in the community or when people are not sure whether they are infected or not, community adaptation can be detected in real time through paper analytical tools.
Determine if a region has COVID-19 carriers to enable rapid detection, quarantine and prevention.
If COVID-19 can be monitored at an early stage in a community through VMs, it can intervene as soon as possible to restrict the movements of that local population, reducing the prevalence of pathogens making and posing a threat to public health.
Recent studies have shown that SARS-VOC-2 can be isolated from the feces and urine of infected people, and the virus can generally survive for several days in a suitable environment after leaving the human body.
The paper device is closed and developed in steps to filter pathogenic nucleic acids from waste material samples, then a biochemical reaction with pre-loaded reagents reveals whether nucleic acid from SARS-COV-2 infection is present.
The results are visible to the naked eye: a green circle represents a positive and a blue circle represents a negative. Dr. “We have already developed a paper device to test genetic material in wastewater for the concept.
And it provides a clear ability to detect infections,” said Yang. This tool is cheaper (costs less than £ 1) and will be easier for non-specialists to use after further improvements.
We hope that the device can present a complete and immediate picture of the health of the population after this sensor is implemented in the near future.
The WBE is already recognized as an effective way to detect illegal drugs and obtain information on health, diseases and pathogens.
Dr. Yang has developed a similar paper-based tool for rapid veterinary diagnosis in India and for detecting blood malaria among rural Uganda populations.
Paper analytical instruments are easy to stack, store and transport because they are thin and light and can deteriorate even after use, reducing the risk of further contamination.
Approach overview: Can a paper device trace the source of COVID-19 with waste-based epidemiology? – Co-authored with the Institute of Geochemistry.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hua Zhang and Kang Mao of Guiyang, China, recently appeared in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
Further development of the test is being sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.