Education and the Economy

In Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address, the President presented a blueprint for building an economy that will last. Not just an economy that supplies jobs or one that isn’t struggling. But one that successfully balances the pros and cons of human nature to create a system that will benefit all its members equally. One that gives a fair chance to all those who are willing to work for it. And the secret? Education.

Education is inextricably linked to the success of economies and nations alike. The American economy needs a workforce that is composed of skilled, adaptive, critical thinkers who are equipped to succeed.  An education system that prepares students to be this way can reduce shortages, improve business growth, lead to new investment opportunities and be a catalyst for innovation. It all depends on students being prepared for the career that they choose.
“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is one of the most well-known phrases in American history, a cornerstone that the United States Declaration of Independence is built upon. The term “pursuit of Happiness” can be understood and translated in many different ways, but an important belief stemming from this clause is that men and women have the right to be happy in the career that they choose. Americans don’t need to suffer tirelessly in an occupation that isn’t right for them. People are only going to achieve amazing things when their heart is in their work and they have the spirit to chase their ideas and dreams. Part of creating a good economy is giving citizens the chance to pursue this dream, and the only way they can do that is by being prepared for the career they want to be in. ORT helps high school graduates everyday by helping them become more; by helping them become what they want to be.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.