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01/19/2017

Thursday U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s staff visited Fairmont High School as part of his office’s statewide “Advancing Career Pathways Tour,” designed to highlight efforts around the state where employers and schools are forming partnerships to help prepare students for jobs of the future and to address the nation’s “skills gap.”

Sen. Franken said the current skills gap has left employers in Minnesota and across the country with millions of jobs they cannot fill because they cannot find people with the right training. But in many places across the state, school-business partnerships are now encouraging students to seek training for good-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a four-year degree. The Senator and his staff will highlight many of these efforts in the coming weeks as part of the tour.

Sen. Franken’s staff toured classrooms where students are learning vocational educational skills such as welding, agriculture, and auto mechanics that will help arm them with skills employers need in those and other fields.



Sen. Franken’s staff sat down with Fairmont educators, students, local employers, and Fairmont chamber of commerce officials to discuss the school’s efforts to ensure high school students learn the skills needed for jobs that are in-demand.

Sen. Franken, a member of the Senate Education Committee, led a successful effort to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education during last year’s re-write of the nation’s “No Child Left Behind” education law. He also has been a leading Senate champion of efforts to close the nation’s “skills gap,” which has left U.S. employers with millions of jobs they can’t fill because they can’t find enough trained workers.






ROD HALVORSEN
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