Professor presents paper on effects of aging workforce at international conference

August 22 2006

MEDIA RELEASE

With an aging workforce in the United States, and the expected natural retirement of the baby boom generation, vast numbers of older, skilled workers will either continue to work past their retirement or leave the labor force.

Davison Mupinga, associate professor of Industrial Technology Education at Indiana State University, has been invited to present a paper examining the effect this will have on the pool of skilled workers and training programs on Wednesday (Aug. 23), at the 15th International Vocational Education and Training Association's (IVETA) international conference being held in Moscow, Russia, from August 21 to 24, 2006.

In his paper, Mupinga discusses the impact of this demographic trend on the workforce, adult education and training programs.

"As people reach retirement age and there is no one to replace them, we are seeing those workers staying in their jobs longer, well past retirement age," Mupinga said. "We have to find ways to train them and keep their skills up to date."

Previous conferences have been held in Vienna, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Sydney, Helsinki, Taipei and Jakarta, and have attracted Vocational Education and Training (VET) professionals from all over the globe to discuss the latest issues and trends from both the developed and developing world.

For more information on the conference, visit: http://www.ivetamoscow2006.org/

While in Moscow, Mupinga will explore possibilities of linkage agreements between universities and colleges in Moscow and ISU.

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Contact: Davison Mupinga, associate professor of Industrial Technology Education, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2652, dmupinga@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Davison Mupinga, associate professor of Industrial Technology Education at ISU, presents a paper examining the effects of an aging workforce at the 15th International Vocational Education and Training Association's (IVETA) international conference in Moscow.

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