Host, Ben Perrodin, talks with Tim Lawrence, Executive Director of SkillsUSA. Ben and Tim Lawrence discuss the value of and need for careers in technical education, a 21st century take on vocational education that helps guide learners into career pathways. Lawrence explains what the skills gap is and its implications for employers, employees, customers, and job seekers. He elaborates on the difference between the skills gap in basic, softer employability skills and more technical, job specific skills. He also discusses the value of industry-recognized credentials and how 21st century technology is changing the face of career technical education.