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Secretary Chao talks about convergence issues July 14, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, WIRED.
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At the recent Workforce Innovations Conference, US Labor Secretary Elaine Chao spoke of issues near and dear to the hearts of those interested in aligning workforce and economic development:

America is transitioning to a knowledge-based economy, creating millions of new jobs in industries that did not even exist a generation ago,” said Secretary Chao. “Two-thirds of the estimated 18 million new jobs created in the next decade will be in occupations that require some advanced education. This can be a 4-year college degree, a 2-year degree from a community college or specialized training like an apprentice program. Completing some form of higher education is critical to building a solid, sustainable career path.

Solid comments from a person who is in a position to make a difference. DoL is backing her up with programs like WIRED, efforts that have the potential to revolutionize the way that workforce program delivery and economic development is accomplished in this country.

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