Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
In order for businesses to succeed, they need an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. In today’s educational environment, students graduating from career and technical education (CTE) programs not only fit that definition, but are helping businesses meet critical workforce needs.
For this clear connection to continue, however, local, state and federal governments need to fund CTE programs, and businesses need to advocate for this investment. It is with this as a goal that the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC) was recently launched.
The IWNC is being initially launched with the following partners: Caterpillar, Certiport, Cianbro, Newell Rubbermaid, Lockheed Martin, Festo, Home Builders Institute, Manpower, Penn Foster, Herzing University, Realityworks and Xerox.
“We need to make sure America has a 21st Century workforce that is equipped with the training and capabilities necessary to be successful and competitive in the global marketplace,” said CEO David Frederikson, D Mark Group, Inc., a franchise of Manpower Group. “We need to have a national policy conversation about how to accelerate proven strategies that close local skill gaps with national funding.”
“These companies clearly understand the value of CTE and want to ensure that the nation’s policymakers continue to invest in these effective programs that are ensuring students are career, college and life ready,” said Jan Bray, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). “We know as the IWNC begins its critical work more high-level companies will join this effort.”
Realityworks President Timmothy Boettcher was named Chairman of the IWNC and appointed to ACTE’s Board as the Industry Advisory Chair. Boettcher will work with the Council to develop a clear plan of action.
“Working with education to ensure our future employees are properly skilled and prepared ensures that we will not incur another economic downturn as the current workforce retires,” said Boettcher. “CTE programs are critical in order to properly satisfy the talent needs of the business community while preparing our youth for a successful college, life, or career.”
Corporations interested in lending their guidance, support, and voice to ensure these critical skill development programs for our future employees within CTE are secured may contact the IWNC at contact(at)iwnc(dot)org.
The Association of Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.