There are many flaws with the President’s budget, but on a positive note is the commitment to career and technical education. Not everyone needs to attain a four-year degree to have a successful career. Obtaining a nationally-portable, industry-recognized post-secondary credential will allow for potential workers to know they are being trained in the skills that employers need today. The President’s budget specifically addresses reforming career and technical education to “better align program with the needs of employers…to ensure that graduates are poised to succeed.” This is a philosophically important point that is of utmost importance to manufacturers. Manufacturers need a strong technical workforce and we are pleased that the administration values this goal.
The budget also asks for $8 million for a Community College fund to support partnerships with business. Manufacturers are already on the ground across the country looking to align community college curriculum to industry-recognized credentials. So, while we appreciate this effort, we are also concerned that there is not more of an emphasis on making existing workforce training programs more efficient by eliminating the bureaucracy and streamlining existing programs, such as the Workforce Investment Act. Our goals are the same but in some cases our process diverges. We look forward to working with the administration on training initiatives that focus on jobs and skills in-demand today as well as training the workforce for the future.
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