Labor Secretary touted the value of Community Colleges at Legislative Summit
(Washington, DC) – The United States Secretary of Labor told hundreds of community college presidents and trustees this morning that the current administration in Washington “is willing to work with you” to create family sustaining jobs.
Alexander Acosta said even though the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in years, there are still six million open jobs across the country. “That is a result of a skills gap, job creators are having trouble finding workers,” he said. “That is where community colleges can help.”
“We are now working to close the gap between workforce training and traditional education,” he said. “We need to de-silo because traditional education and lifelong learning are one in the same, they reinforce each other. Community colleges have embraced the concept of Demand Driven Education, you are uniquely positioned to address the need. Jobs lead to career paths.”
The Secretary terms what community colleges do as provide opportunities for “lifelong learning and lifelong earning.”
He said a combination of practical workplace experience, such as that experienced in apprenticeships, and academics “provide the knowledge and skills for tomorrow’s jobs.” He said such an “educational continuum” provide skills that change lives.
The 2018 American Association of Community College’s annual Legislative Summit began Monday with general sessions. Attending from Central Wyoming College are President Brad Tyndall, Vice-chairman of the Trustees Carleton Underwood, Secretary Steve Peck and members Paula Hunker and Ernie Over.
On the agenda for the rest of the week are visits to Capitol Hill and one-on-one visits with Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation.