By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.
“We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers.”
– President Donald J. Trump
President Trump is leading the charge to reform the federally funded job-training and workforce development programs to prepare Americans for the millions of available jobs. As with most central government projects, these programs have not been effective, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and leaving many Americans struggling to find full-time employment.
That is changing with the new legislature being passed in D.C., designed to promote apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.
On Thursday the U.S. House passed H.R. 2353, “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” which is slated to reduce the regulatory burdens on state and local communities and the role of the federal government.
In an op-ed published by Fox News, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., wrote:
“Educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders must play a role in the creation of workforce development programs, including apprenticeships that work best for the needs of their local communities.
“Most importantly, all of these conversations can be had without the federal government dictating how these programs should be implemented.
“The best thing the federal government can do is update our career and technical education laws to give community leaders and educators the tools and freedom they need to build programs that will open up more pathways for students and workers.”
A college degree has long been considered the golden ticket to a more fulfilling life, both financially and intellectually. In 2009 President Obama said he wanted the nation to reclaim its position as the world’s leader in the proportion of college degrees by 2020.
Now the bloom seems to be off the rose. Students are graduating, armed with a politically driven pseudo education, to find themselves jobless or underemployed, debt ridden and perhaps living again with parents.
The total student debt in the United States is over $1.4 trillion with student debt for 2016 graduates in excess of $30,000. There are 6 million job openings in the United States, the highest number since 1980, with the number increasing to 11 million by 2022. Yet millions of American workers do not have the necessary skills to fill these American jobs.
According to a 2014 Georgetown University study, by 2020 some form of education or training beyond high school will be required for 65 percent of all jobs, and it will not necessarily be a college degree.
Rather than provide students with the skills and knowledge they will need in the rapidly changing 21st century economy, many of today’s outrageously expensive college and university campuses are little more than kindergartens with safe spaces and napping mats to help snowflakes deal with the high stress of evil America, with classes devoted to left-wing political ideology. College professors and administrators – the radicals, hippies, and draft dodgers of the 1960s – teach lessons of totalitarianism, hate-America and death to whites.
The good news is that these hate-mongers may be looking for new jobs as more students are encouraged to attend vocational and technical schools instead of wasting time learning to hate the American flag, Christians and whites. Marxist universities may become dinosaurs.
I wonder how those professors will cope with all that real-world stress of no jobs and no students on whom they can spew their Satanic wrath.
President Trump’s plan to reform our workforce development programs is sure to be a win-win for all. American jobs for American workers with 21st century skills. A new opportunity to live the American Dream. Reducing the size of the federal footprint in our lives by giving more control over education and jobs where they have worked best – at the state and local community level. And, oh yes, shutting down those lunatic centers being funded by taxpayers for Marxist indoctrination of young voters.
Thank you, President Trump. We’re on the road again to a great America!