Too many of America’s working men and women lack the skills and knowledge to work in a highly competitive global economy. This crisis undermines their access to the American Dream and our national position in the global marketplace. To date, however, the Federal Government has largely relied on a single track response, promoting access to community colleges and four year academic institutions. The A+ Solution proves we can do better. It offers both a convincing rationale and a detailed strategy for tapping the education and training resources of America’s professional societies and trade associations.