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Webinar: Automation, training, and the middle class

Past Event

Automation, or the threat of it, can increase the demand for retraining workers displaced by the adoption of new production technologies such as robots. New workers entering the labor market also need to acquire the skills required by employers today and in the future.

On June 18, the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings hosted a webinar on automation, training, and the middle class. The event featured expert paper presentations and moderated discussions on issues related to the role of community colleges and employers in retraining workers, and what to do about retraining after COVID-19.

Viewers can submit questions by emailing or via Twitter using #RetrainingTheMiddleClass.

The reports presented at this event as well as a framing paper by Marcus Casey can be found below:


Opening remarks

Panel: Community college and reskilling


Riley Acton

Assistant Professor - Miami University


Lauren Pellegrino

Senior Research Associate - Community College Research Center


Scott Ralls

President - Wake Technical Community College

Panel: Workplace training


Marian Negoita

Senior Associate - Social Policy Research Associates


Melanie Zaber

Associate Economist - RAND Corporation


Joel Branch

VP, AI Development - Lucd: Enterprise Artificial Intelligence

Panel: After COVID-19, automation, retraining, and reskilling

Closing remarks

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