RELATED: Area sees shortage in skilled workers as jobless rate falls
In D.C. this week, BLU employers will meet with local Congress members and with the incoming administration to call for policies that support the growth of a skilled workforce. These efforts include:
• Investing in partnerships between local industry and community colleges (through reauthorization of the Perkins Act)
• Making financial aid more job-driven by extending Pell grants to people who want to complete in-demand short term occupational training programs (through reauthorization of the Higher Education Act)
• Supporting apprenticeship
Dayton leaders have expressed concern over finding skilled workers for growing companies in the area. Montgomery County, in partnership with several community partners, unveiled on Wednesday its new “one-stop operation” that will help business expansion in the Miami Valley.
The Montgomery County Business Solutions Center, located in a suite at 1435 Cincinnati St., will provide free workforce and strategic development services in one location. The services were previously spread across a variety of sites through different entities.
“This is our time to stand up and take control of how we help businesses,” Mark Anderson, communications coordinator for the center, told this newspaper in October.
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