Viewpoint: Preparing Wisconsinites for in-demand jobs
As we work together to expand job opportunities in Wisconsin, one important factor is to increase access to affordable job training programs. Last week I heard about the importance and availability of job training programs from representatives and students from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, and Western Technical College.
While our Wisconsin technical colleges are doing great work providing students with hands-on experience, there is more that can be done to help them expand their job training programs. Recently, I introduced the Education and Workforce Innovation Act, which will encourage partnerships with students, schools and businesses to bring job-training programs to Wisconsin communities.
The bill will establish a grant program to encourage eligible businesses to start job training programs for high-demand industries, such as manufacturing. It will also provide students with customized training, hands-on experience, career development, and a path to employment after graduating. By bringing businesses and schools together to expand access to job training programs we give Wisconsin students the opportunity to earn a better life.
In the coming months, as Congress works on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, I look forward to working with students, parents and educators to help prepare Wisconsin students for success in their education.