News from Representative Tom Emmer

 

Dear Friend, 

Congress has taken important steps to close the skills gap in our nation’s workforce to create one that is better equipped for the 21st century. And just last week, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), into law. This legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which:  

  • Authorizes more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and trade programs;
  • Benefits more than 11 million students;
  • Shifts the focus of vocational programs toward student outcomes; and,
  • Enhances skills training to better match the jobs available in a modern economy.

Manufacturing is one of the top two drivers of the economy in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, so it is critical to ensure this industry continues to be successful today and long-term. One year ago, I hosted a summit with educators, business owners and community leaders to discuss potential solutions to the skills gap crisis facing Minnesota, and our nation as a whole. 

Congressman Emmer speaks at the first “Addressing the Skills Gap Summit” last year.

Since then, I have continued to stay engaged on the issue, touring educational institutions and learning all about the incredible career and technical programs they offer. I meet with business owners, school leaders, and representatives from different industries to learn about the devastating impact the skills gap is having on our economy and workforce. The current imbalance between skills and job openings has left many critical jobs unfilled and numerous Americans without the career skills they need, and it is clear a disconnect remains. 

So I plan to host a second summit this fall with the intention of advancing partnerships to address our workforce shortages.

Our state and communities, along with our teaching professionals and parents, know what is best for our kids which is why I want to continue the conversation. 

Stay tuned for more information on my office’s second workforce summit by following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

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