In many cases, these are "new collar jobs" that, rather than calling for a four-year college degree, require sought-after skills that can be learned through 21st century vocational training, innovative public education models like P-TECH (which IBM pioneered), coding camps, professional certification programs and more. Together, high-school career training programs and college work study receive just over $2 billion in federal funding. Second, Congress should create and fund a 21st century apprenticeship program to recruit and train or retrain workers to fill critical skills gaps in federal agencies and the private sector. Providing the architecture for 21st century skills training requires public policies based on confidence, not taxes based on fear.
Members of the Lettuce Dream board of directors, along with state Rep. Allen Andrews, right, participated in groundbreaking ceremonies Friday for a hydroponic greenhouse complex on the east side of Maryville that is to provide job training for area residents coping developmental and cognitive disabilities. If all goes as scheduled, the first crop of lettuce, which is to be sold to area markets, restaurants, and food service operations, could be planted late this summer.
Most of the world's nations have agreed to make substantial reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, but achieving these goals is still a considerable technological, economic, and political challenge. The International Energy Agency has projected that, even with the new agreements in place, global coal-fired power generation will increase over the next few decades. Finding a cleaner way of using that coal could be a significant step toward achieving carbon-emissions reductions while meeting the needs of a growing and increasingly industrialized world population.