An article in The New York Times today says AT&T is going to announce a $100 million gift aimed at addressing two huge problems: the alarming number of high school dropouts and the skills of our nation’s work force.

The AT&T action follows closely the recent announcement by America’s Promise Alliance that indicates that about one-third of American high school students leave school before graduating. According to the article in The Times, that’s about 1.2 million young people.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told a business group in late March that the company was having a hard time finding enough qualified employees to fill 5,000 customer service jobs that it plans to bring back to the United States from India. Many companies are facing similar workforce readiness issues.

A comprehensive report — Are They Really Ready To Work — is available on the Corporate Voices for Working Families Web site.

by Rob Jewell