Obama Says Job Training Is Economic Imperative

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

President Obama declares that part of the revival of the United States economy hinges on opening the door to train new workers for the field of manufacturing. In accordance with this belief, Mr. President visited Northern Virginia Community College on Wednesday and gave a speech on this very issue. Specifically, he spoke of, “the expansion of an industry-led initiative to boost training programs,” according to the Associated Press: 

“Right now, there are people across America with talents just waiting to be tapped, sparks waiting to be lit. Our job is to light them. And there’s no time to lose when we’ve got folks looking for work, when we’ve got companies that need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy.”

Skills for America is the program behind this new initiative, and it forms a union between community colleges and businesses to encourage students to acquire needed skills to enter this emerging workplace. The program also helps with workforce development, job training programs, and job placement. Obama predicts that this program will prep 500,000 community college students for manufacturing careers.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.


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