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Straight to Work: Some Young Adults Seek to Learn on—not before—the Job

Today’s evolving economic conditions are influencing high school students from diverse communities to increasingly pursue working while attaining certifications and other post-secondary skills instead of pursuing full-time higher education. Join us as panelists provide insights on the decisions young adults who have yet to enter the professional world are making and the impacts those choices may have on the labor market, employers, and employees. Following the discussion, panelists will take audience questions.

Making sound financial decisions, including those involving one’s employment, is critical for everyone. In the pursuit of supporting a stable economy for all, the Federal Reserve Bank of the Cleveland promotes financial education and community development through research and programming like this FedTalk during April’s Financial Literacy Month.

  • Lakisha Higgins, Education Museum Outreach Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Michelle Washington, Business and Education Program Specialist at the Ohio Department of Education
  • Stasia Lopez, Professional Development Faculty Instructor and Director of Career Development and Recruitment at the University of Pittsburgh
  • David Mahon, Executive Director, Alpaugh Family Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati


When & Where

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET
Online Webinar