University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley thinks fully taking advantage of technology tools available to students, administrators and industry leaders could be the first step toward bridging the gap between the state’s workforce needs and the career choices of its graduates, Nola.com reports.

Speaking to the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday, Woodley said it was up to the state’s public colleges and universities to encourage students to begin considering their career path as early as their freshman year. One way to effectively do this is to implement apps that provide links between students and possible future employers.

MyEdu is an social media tool similar to LinkedIn or Facebook that allows students to track courses and related skills during college and then link those skills to potential career paths.

… Having better access to student data will eventually also help colleges and universities improve their performance, by being able to better understand and respond to student interests. This, combined with encouraging students to consider in demand careers will benefit all parties in the long-run, she said.

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