“With overwhelming student debt and an increasingly older workforce, our 21st century economy demands rethinking how we prepare students and retrain workers,” said Esty. “That’s why I have called on Congress to establish an ‘innovation agenda’ for the country, which, in part, would focus on better training our workers to prepare them with skills needed for high-demand jobs.
“I applaud President Obama for making access to high-quality community college education a priority this Congress. Community colleges around the country and across our state, like Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, play a critical role in providing high-quality, effective training programs that prepare students for jobs in high-demand sectors like manufacturing, information technology, and health services—without forcing students to take on years of student loan debt. I look forward to working with the President, my colleagues in Congress, states and local leaders, and students and educators here at home to advance these proposals and help hard-working students secure good-paying jobs.”
Esty has made improving worker training and technical education a priority of her legislative agenda in the 114th Congress. More information about the President’s announcement can be viewed here.