Stimulus, stimulus, stimulus...
That is all you hear on about Capitol Hill these days. It is
consuming all the space in the newspapers, on TV and online. It
looks like there will be billions spent to try to get the economy
kick started. Though both versions of the stimulus
bill (Senate and House) are different, there will probably be money
in the final bill for worker training in some capacity.
The House version of the bill has more money for worker training
through the WIA funding formulas. Some of those funds
are for youth. The House version also has billions
for education, including an expansion of Pell Grants.
The Senate version has more tax cuts than the House, so we will
have to see what comes out of the conference committee meetings.
There are over 100 bills in both the Senate and the House
introduced this year that have some type of training
component. Many of those bills are for the creation
of "green jobs" and to ensure workers have skills in new green
industries. There are also a few bills that contain
expanded use of e-learning within publicly funded worker training
programs. Some bills have expanded training for
veterans and for nursing training programs.
What can you do? Well, you can contact you local
member of Congress and give them your feedback on the current set
of bills that include training. Discuss your industry needs for
skilled workers. Plus, at ICE this year, you will
have the opportunity to meet and discuss current policy issues with
your member of Congress. Stay tuned for more