New Public-Private Initiative Designed To Graduate More Community College Students in Manufacturing
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
June 8, 2011 – President Obama announced at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) today that the Administration is beginning a new public-private initiative designed to graduate more community college students in manufacturing. In a speech highlighting the importance of job training and workforce development, the President called for preparing an additional 500,000 community college students with industry-recognized manufacturing credentials. The manufacturing initiative is an expansion of the Administration's "Skills for America's Future” program, which helps businesses partner with community colleges to better match job training with industry demand. The Manufacturing Institute, the nonprofit arm of the National Association of Manufacturers, will lead the effort.
A key component of the initiative will be the creation of a Manufacturing Skills Certification System, available in 30 states as a for-credit program of study. It is unclear whether the Administration is requesting federal funds to support this initiative. More information is available at http://1.usa.gov/kFuSzZ
During his remarks, President Obama also called on Congress to pass a reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to authorize funds that would help the government better match job training with employers' needs. The President's FY 2012 Department of Labor budget requested $10 billion for the program. A first draft of a WIA reauthorization in the Senate is expected sometime in the next week.
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