Education and Opportunity
As a father of seven, I understand that America’s education system should be as diverse and individual-oriented as the people it serves. Education is the cornerstone of building and protecting a strong, competitive workforce. I support localizing control of education, and have long been a supporter of a school choice system that would allow parents to send their children to the public, private, or religious schools of their choice. No student should be punished simply for living in the wrong zip code.
We also need to pave the way for new and innovative teaching tools that provide every student a tailored approach to learning, whether it be through technology or specialty schools. Unfortunately, while most students are urged to pursue a degree from a four-year institution, fewer are pursuing careers in trade-related areas, creating a lack of skilled workers in areas such as machinery and engineering. The “skills gap” has become increasingly noticeable and more problematic for businesses throughout Minnesota. A skilled workforce is essential to our state’s future economic growth, and as graduates flood the labor market, they must also have gainful employment waiting for them.
Schools at every level should prepare students for success, our future depends on it.
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Otsego, MN – Yesterday, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) held an “Addressing the Skills Gap Summit” with educators, business owners and community leaders to discuss potential solutions to the skills gap crisis facing Minnesota, and the nation as a whole.
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, and Representative Tom Emmer today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to St. Cloud State University to recruit, retain, and support students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. The NSF award of $4,999,656 will address first-year retention and the transition of community college students to a four-year university.
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) cosponsored the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act.