White House Pushes Blueprint to Train Workers Through Community Colleges
Obama administration envisions 2 million students receiving education to fill positions within high-demand industries.
President Barack H. Obama has moved beyond his 2012 State of the Union address to articulate his call for a national commitment to create an economy that is “built to last” by training workers to fulfill key jobs. That plan was unveiled by the president at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, on Monday, representing a proposed $8 billion Community College to Career Fund.
The plan, which the president called a blueprint, proposes to create a partnership between businesses and community colleges to train 2 million workers for jobs in select high-growth industries.
Specifically, Obama’s plan would:
Develop community college partnerships to train skilled workers for unfilled jobs. Colleges would provide workers with current certified training and skills, with the fund also supporting paid internships for low-income students. Training would target employers in growth and demand sectors in an effort to turn out grads with the skills needed to handle these jobs.
Pay for performance job training. The Community College to Career Fund proposes to peg support to programs that support bonus programs for training programs whereby grads earn a credential and find qualified jobs soon after finishing a program. Management of these programs locally will be accomplished on the state level, giving states the opportunity receive additional funding for successful placement of affected grads.
Jobs for America. Federal agencies may partner with state and local governments in a bid to bring jobs from overseas to the United States. Under its “bringing jobs back to America” program, local and state governments can apply for grants to facilitate the relocation of jobs abroad to their communities. New jobs as well as jobs that were here in America and have since gone overseas are included.
Entrepreneurial training. A six-week online training course on entrepreneurship is part of a proposed plan of “training the next generation of entrepreneurs.” The fund could help as many as 5 million small business owners over the next three years, creating a 6-month entrepreneurship training program resulting in entrepreneurship certification for approximately 100,000 small business owners.
Obama has tapped Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to tour community college campuses to highlight some of the current industry partnerships now in effect across the United States. Biden is a community college instructor and has taught for more than three decades. Solis was a four-term U.S. Congresswoman from California before being appointed to her current position effective Feb. 2009.