Talking Small Business to the President

President Bush met with a group of Chicago-area business leaders yesterday, including NAM board member Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, owner of a small employee manufacturing firm in Schaumburg, Quality Float Works Inc. The Daily Herald has the story:

Westlund-Deenihan told the president her 22-person business was able to double its employment because of free trade agreements he got passed, and she stressed the need for a better-educated alternative work force for manufacturing.

“He did agree that community colleges are a great alternative (for educating for the manufacturing work force),” she said. “He did agree there has to be another pipeline for vocational training.”

Congrats, Sandra. Thanks for keeping vocational education in the spotlight.

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