The Subbaccalaureate Labor Market in the United States: Challenges for theSchool-to-Work Transition

W. N. Grubb

The sub-baccaluareate labor market (SBLM) includes about three-fifths of all U.S. workers. W. Norton Grubb, NCRVE site director at the University of California, Berkeley, disentangles the effects of sub-baccalaureate education on employment and earnings. Through studies of four communities, he covers job skills and hiring practices of the SBLM; the interplay between job-specific skills and higher-order competencies; how well the SBLM functions for students and employers; the unevenness of economic returns to sub-baccalureate education; and implications for education and training programs. This is valuable information for students choosing a program and for all those involved in improving workforce preparation programs. This is reprinted from From Education to Work: Cross-National Perspectives, edited by Walter R. Heinz, Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 171-193. The full report on this study, is available as MDS-470, Betwixt and Between: Education, Skills, and Employment in the Sub-Baccalaureate Labor Markets.

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