The United States needs to develop a workforce that is adaptable and flexible enough to remain competitive in a global market, panelists told a Naperville audience gathered Monday at North Central College.

Hosted by U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, the discussion on the future of work and education was held at the college’s Wentz Science Center in Naperville. Foster and Casten share portions of the college campus in their respective districts.

The panelists told the audience that as automation and technology replace jobs, it is important to retrain adult workers and prepare high schools to adapt to the ever-changing career landscape.

Foster said this trend already can be seen in the farming and manufacturing industries. “We now have folks

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