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AAE Staff Attends Education Congressional Hearing
posted by: Ruthie | February 05, 2013, 08:14 PM   

Today, AAE staff had the pleasure of attending the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. The full committee hearing explored the challenges and opportunities facing America's workforce and K-12 students.

While the American economy is slowly but surely improving, a continued focus on a strong economy depends on whether all Americans have access to a quality education. Utah Governor Gary Herbert outlined several major initiatives for improving education in his state.

 One initiative is the 66 by 2020 Campaign, an effort for 66% of Utah adults to have college degrees or postsecondary certificates by 2020. Based on a Georgetown University study that ties success to technology integration, Utah is striving to make this a reality. "In short, Utah is looking ahead and taking steps to insure the workforce can meet demands of the private sector," stated Governor Herbert.

Governor Herbert also outlined a continued focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education as another Utah education initiative.
In addition, he expressed Utah's plan to expand dual immersion education programs and the importance of a multilingual workforce for optimizing the state's prepared workers.

While many American's believe there are simply no available jobs, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, Jay Timmons said 600,000 manufacturing jobs are vacant due to a lack of prepared workers. "Worker training will be largely instrumental in improving the economy and preparing students for the workforce," Timmons stated.

Many of the witnesses agreed that government red tape hampers students' ability to prepare for the jobs of a global economy. Governor Herbert stated that the role of the federal government should be "helping disadvantaged children by supplementing income on the local level." He continued to say, "Resources need greater flexibility to go ahead with initiatives."

 Click here to watch the entire hearing and read witness testimony.

What do you think about the correlation between K-12 education and a well-trained workforce?
Comment below. 

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