While our Lawmakers here in Ocean Monmouth are busy with tanning restrictions and laws to benefit their donors or themselves, there are some lawmakers that are looking for solutions to serious issues that effect so many of us, and one Garden State lawmaker has decided to change things. Democratic Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is making that change.
Her legislation would establish, within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a New Jersey Workforce Development and Education Commission, that would examine what skill-sets are needed for the private sector jobs of the future – and then share that information with high schools and public universities.
Better Training For The Real World
“We know we need more people in technology and the science fields, and the medicine fields,” says Wagner. “So let’s sit down and make sure we’re not graduating too many people in areas where there will be no promise of employment.”
She also stresses the idea would be to take the information that’s gathered and translate that to changes in the classroom, starting in high school, or even middle school.
Wagner points out creating this kind of Commission would, for the first time, bring together the higher education world, labor and business to investigate what tomorrows jobs needs will entail.
Under the measure, the Commission would oversee the activities of two advisory boards – the Education Advisory Board and the Business and Workforce Advisory Board. The commission would review of the boards’ findings, then develop a report identifying policies that would improve the ability of the State’s schools and public institutions of higher education to meet the demands of tomorrow’s employers.
Finally a legislator trying to get problems solved.