The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing this week, “Expanding Opportunities for Job Creation“, that looked at challenges facing the American workforce, and suggested â€œsmarter federal regulatory policiesâ€ and â€œpro-growth solutions.â€
Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut outlined his stateâ€™s plan to ensure that community colleges, technical schools, and job training programs work with business and industry to prepare workers for jobs that are available now. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in his remarks also spoke about overhauling the federal job training system, and said that such reform provides an â€œimportant opportunity for partnership with states to aggressively address the realities of the 21st century economy and job trainingâ€ and â€œcreate a demand-driven workforce system that cultivates a labor force possessing the necessary skills employers require.â€ Both Governors stated that career counseling is needed to ensure that studentsâ€™ skills align to employersâ€™ needs.
Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager