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SA2020: Education And Workforce Goals Overlap In San Antonio

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What challenges does the San Antonio area face when it comes to education and workforce opportunities? How do they influence each other?

SA2020's annual data-driven findings track progress toward solving complex community challenges.

In January, local nonprofit SA2020 released its 2018 impact report which analyzes the city's progress in various indicators to improve conditions within San Antonio communities.

Targeting "eleven cause areas," the report uses local data to measure whether goals have been met or are on track to be met by 2020. 

"The Source" takes an annual deep dive into the impact report to address a series of "complex community challenges." This specific show addresses indicators related to education and workforce. 

SA2020's vision for boosting economic competitiveness saw San Antonio with a highly qualified and educated workforce, with ample economic opportunity for all residents.

What does 2018 data tell us about the city's progress toward that goal? Are workforce development efforts creating a positive impact on San Antonio's economic health?

Another 2020 goal was for all students to have access to a quality education, no matter where they live. What progress has been made and what factors are inhibiting full achievement of the target? How are community stakeholders using data to address issues related to education and equity?

Income, geography and race all play a role in predicting community outcomes. What's being done to identify and address the root causes of our city's challenges?

How do education and workforce-related indicators influence each other? Can data tell the whole story?

Guests:

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

This interview aired on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.