Thursday, February 26, 2009

President Obama Encourages More Training

On February 24th, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress and spoke of the "urgent need to expand the promise of education in America."

His words reflect what those of us engaged in workforce development already know...that the health of the economy depends on a skilled labor pool. Businesses cannot grow without it; ideas cannot be commercialized without it; our economy cannot recover without it.

The part of his speech that I found most compelling was this:

"It is our responsibility as lawmakers and educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it. And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma."

The President has issued a call to action for Americans to seek out training and education so that each of us can contribute to rebuilding our economy. The role of workforce development has never been more crucial.

This is our moment.

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