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Sen. Franken urges closing ‘skills gap’ with training other than four-year degrees

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, during the committee's executive session on the nomination Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Most jobs of the future will require postsecondary training, but that doesn’t mean every worker needs a four-year degree.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, during the committee’s executive session on the nomination Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Minnesota and states across the nation face a growing shortage of workers qualified to fill “middle-skill” jobs that require some training beyond the typical high school diploma, but not a bachelor’s degree. This so-called “skills gap” leaves many manufacturing, health care, information technology and other companies struggling to find workers.

“You can throw a rock on the Senate floor and you will hit a senator (whose state has) a skills gap. Every state has this,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Monday at St. Paul College.

Franken invited about 350 educators to an “Advancing Career Pathways Summit” ahead of the senator’s planned introduction of federal legislation that would support partnerships between K-12 schools and local industries.

Read the full article at twincities.com.

 

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