5 Things to Know Before Davis' Workforce Event with Ivanka Trump
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, will visit Lewis and Clark Community College on Wednesday. They will tour the welding facility and participate in a workforce development roundtable.
Here are 5 things to know before the event:
The economy is at record highs. The unemployment rate is currently 3.9%, one of the lowest rates in decades. There are currently 6.6 million jobs open in the U.S. and this is the first time since 2000 that there were more job openings than job seekers. The economy grew 4.1% in the second quarter this year, the fastest since 2014, and worker pay rate is the highest it's been in 10 years.
Legislation reforming Career and Technical Education (CTE) signed into law
Recently, the President signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which provides funding and flexibility for states to offer programs promoting career and technical education, refocuses those programs on student outcomes to ensure they are prepared to enter the workforce, and enhances skills training to match the jobs that are available in a 21st century economy.
Workforce development within the Farm Bill
Additionally, Davis supported historic investment in SNAP Employment and Training programs in the House-passed version of the farm bill. These workforce training provisions will help provide funding to ensure there is an E&T spot available for every SNAP recipient who wants one. Davis has been appointed to serve on the conference committee tasked with resolving the differences between the House and Senate farm bills.
Pledge to America's Workers
Ivanka Trump is a member of the National Council for the American Worker and the Department of Labor (DoL) Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Read her op-ed here.
President Trump signed an executive order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. Companies are signing a Pledge to America’s Workers, committing to expand programs that educate, train, and re-skill American workers from high-school to near-retirement age. Many companies like Walmart, UPS, Raytheon, General Motors, and Lockheed Martin have signed the pledge.
Objectives of the council are:
-Develop a national campaign to raise awareness of workforce issues, such as the urgency of the skills crisis and the importance of STEM education.
-Create a plan for recognizing companies that demonstrate excellence in workplace education, training, retraining policies, and workforce investment.
-Help expand the number of apprenticeships and encourage increased investment in training and re-training American workers.
-Recommend a specific course of action for increasing transparency related to education and job-training programs, and propose ways to increase available job data.
Lewis and Clark Community College Welding Program
Lewis and Clark Community College broke ground on the new, state-of-the-art Weber Workforce Center in 2016. The center allows L&C to double the capacity of the Welding Technology program and prepare to meet growing demands in industrial and workforce education. The college currently offers 34 workforce programs, including flagships like Welding, Automotive Technology and Process Operations Technology. The need for welders is expected to grow 26% by the year 2020, making welding one of the fastest growing professions in the nation.