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Secretary Chao talks about convergence issues July 14, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, WIRED.

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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