Davis, Ivanka Trump Hear From Business, Labor, & Students on Workforce Development
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis today hosted Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, at Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC). They toured the college's welding facility and held a workforce development roundtable with manufacturers, labor, and LCCC students.
"Today, we saw the advancement in technical training and heard from people who are proof that you don't have to have a four-year degree to succeed in this country," said Davis."It was great to have Ivanka Trump, who continues to be a leader on workforce training and child care issues in the White House, visit the 13th District. As we heard today, this is about growing the middle class and creating jobs that allow people to succeed. In Washington, we recently passed an overhaul of our career and technical education programs to ensure they are providing training for jobs that are actually open within a community. I continue to work with the administration to expand apprenticeship opportunities and reduce college debt."
Last week, 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. More information on workforce development legislation can be found here.
In addition to Davis and Trump, panelists who spoke to a room of more than a hundred business leaders, students, labor representatives, and community leaders included:
Dr. Dale Chapman, President of Lewis and Clark Community College
Heidi Capozzi, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior VP for HR at Boeing
Jerry Knoyle, Manager of Wood River Refinery for Phillips 66
Jane Saale, CEO of Cope Plastics
Brad Schaive, Laborers Local 477
Charlie Umphrey, Welding Graduate
Bobbie McCormick, Process Operations Technology Graduate
Robyn Scott, Nursing Student and WIOA recipient
Prior to the roundtable, Davis and Trump toured the welding facility at LCCC, participated in a welding demonstration with students, and took part in virtual welding used to teach students how to weld. More photos of the tour can be downloaded here.