Unlocking the Future of Work: A Recap of Ease Learning’s Virtual Book Club with Ryan Craig

A recap of Ease Learning's Virtual Book Club

In a recent virtual book club hosted by Ease Learning, education and workforce expert Ryan Craig took center stage to discuss his groundbreaking book, “Apprentice Nation: How the ‘Earn and Learn’ Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America.” The event provided a deep dive into the challenges of the traditional college system and explored the potential of apprenticeships in reshaping the future of work.

The College Conundrum

For decades, pursuing a college education has been perceived as the only credible path to entering the workforce. However, escalating tuition costs, coupled with a lack of practical skills, have resulted in a staggering 40 percent of college graduates finding themselves underemployed and burdened by student loan debt. Ryan Craig sheds light on the origins of the student debt crises and admissions scandals, prompting a critical examination of the outdated college system.

The Apprenticeship Alternative

Craig argues that a modern apprenticeship system holds the key to unlocking career opportunities for students and job seekers. By allowing individuals to learn while they earn, apprenticeships provide a practical and effective pathway to acquiring the skills needed in the workforce. This approach not only addresses the skills gap but also contributes to greater workforce diversity and geographic mobility.

Blueprint for Change

“Apprentice Nation” offers a comprehensive exploration of how apprenticeships can reshape America’s approach to education and workforce development. The book proposes common-sense changes to make apprenticeship opportunities more widely available. Craig outlines what America can learn from other nations already embracing apprenticeships and provides a directory of US apprenticeship programs by industry and location.

Empowering Young Americans

The virtual book club discussion also highlighted the potential of an apprentice nation to put the American Dream within reach for everyone. By implementing straightforward adjustments to the education and workforce development landscape, young Americans from diverse backgrounds can launch fulfilling careers in high-demand fields.


Ryan Craig’s “Apprentice Nation” presents a compelling case for reimagining the future of work through apprenticeships. The virtual book club hosted by Ease Learning provided a platform for participants to engage with the author’s insights, fostering a dialogue about the transformative potential of apprenticeship programs in creating a stronger and fairer America. As the discussion continues, the prospect of an apprentice nation emerges as a viable solution to the challenges posed by the traditional college system, opening up new possibilities for individuals to thrive in the rapidly evolving landscape of work.

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Laurie Pulido: A Catalyst for Educational Transformation
Laurie Pulido is the Founder of Ease Learning. Her insights and expertise are often cited in industry publications on topics related to DEI principles and innovative learning design. Most recently, Laurie has been a driving force in best practices for skills-aligned learning.

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