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Reach for the STARs: Realizing the Potential of America’s Hidden Talent Pool

There is a vast overlooked talent pool of 70+ million workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs). These are workers who have a high school diploma or equivalent and do not have a four-year college degree but do have the skills to perform higher-wage work today.

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Employers cite a dearth of talent and an inability to fill important roles. Our analysis of O*NET and U.S. Census data suggests there is an overlooked talent pool of skilled workers.

You’re overlooking 70+ Million STARs

70+ million STARs

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