What We Can Do Right Now:
America needs to invest in programs right now that will help any American to intentionally build a life of peace, opportunity and prosperity through learning. The issue is, many of us don't know where to turn to develop and demonstrate the key skills that today's employers want, or to get the technical now-how it takes to pursue a solid, long-term career one can have a passion for.
So where can we start? The programs are out there dispersed in different sectors and locations. How best to pull them together and begin a national learning initiative open to all Americans?
Here are some ideas we can all agree on in Congress in 2021:
These kinds of new commitments to prepare America's workers, farmers, ranchers and professionals for the 21st Century economy make more sense than ever: Learning programs stimulated by this federal initiative will immediately benefit workers, business owners, at-risk communities, new entries to the workplace, the currently unemployed or under-employed, career-changers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and working parents.
Large and small U.S. businesses seeking to compete globally are already asking governments to help them build a 21st century skilled workforce throughout the United States that will be able to transform seamlessly into the high-tech economy of the future. Congress can lead the way on this initiative by funding partnerships between job creators, adult educators and government to devise and distribute a world-class curriculum of career development tools applicable to the vocations of today and tomorrow. Here is the way to give every American the opportunity to thrive in the new economy.
Some time in 2021 we will be asking ourselves why has it taken us so long as a nation to make federally subsidized, world-class, online and seminar-based job-skills training and career development counseling as freely available to all adult citizens in 2021 as public K-12 schools have been for American kids since the 19th Century.
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