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Obama Wants $8B Job Training On Top $20B

From an approving New York Times:

Money Urged for Colleges to Perform Job Training

February 13, 2012

As part of his budget, President Obama on Monday proposed an $8 billion Community College to Career Fund, with the goal of training two million workers for well-paying jobs in high-demand industries.

The fund, which would need Congressional approval, would be administered jointly by the Departments of Labor and of Education. The money would be used to bolster partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers in areas like health care, transportation and advanced manufacturing.

What are high schools and colleges for? After untold thousands of dollars and hours of study in high school and college, people still need training to get a job in healthcare or transportation or manufacturing?

Besides, don’t most companies train the people they hire if they need specialized skills? What community college program is going to train people for specialized skills?

And, in fact, we are already spending a fortune on jobs training. According to a May 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office (a pdf file), in fiscal year 2009, 9 federal agencies spent approximately $18 billion to administer 47 job-training programs overseen by nine federal agencies. What good has it done?

By the way, whatever happened to Mr. Obama’s recent promise to streamline the government?

In his State of the Union address, Mr. Obama called for a national commitment to help create an economy built to last by training two million workers with skills that will lead directly to a job.

Mr. Obama has for years sought to expand resources for community colleges, the main source of education and job training for most low-income Americans. In the American Graduation Initiative he announced in 2009, Mr. Obama proposed to bolster the work force by producing millions more community college graduates over the next decade. But instead of the $10 billion for community college that the administration’s original plan called for, community colleges got just $2 billion for job training.

So Obama has added at least another $2 billion dollars to $18 billion dollars already being spent. So the grand total currently being spent on jobs training is $20 billion dollars a year.

Where is the evidence that this money has done any good? Have we seen a large uptick in the number of trained employees being hired?

Shouldn’t we be told whether this gigantic investment has paid off or not? (Hint: it hasn’t.)

The new fund, announced at an event at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., would support community college-based training programs that would expand training to meet the needs of employers in high-growth sectors, provide workers with the latest certified training and skills, and invest in registered apprenticeships and other on-the-job training opportunities.

The fund would also support paid internships for low-income community college students that would allow them to simultaneously earn credit for work-based learning and gain relevant employment experience

Such as doing grassroots campaign work and voter registration.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Wants $8B Job Training On Top $20B”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Workers! We need more Workers for The Cause, comrades! To the barricades and demand more money for training more workers!! Let fly the hammer and sickle and cry havoc until capitalist running dog Congress give in to our demands! Remember September!!

    • River0 says:

      This is perfect! They can be trained to build more Chevy Volts and Solyndra-style solar panels. Or, if they don’t care to actually work in a factory, they can learn community organizing.

      Charles Krauthammer nailed it, saying Obummer’s budget is “scandalous”.

  2. untrainable says:

    What exactly are these training programs supposed to train people to do? How do you train someone to get a “well paying” job in a high demand industry? What high demand industries? What specific skills are they teaching? There is never any mention, beyond the amount of money being dumped into these programs, of exactly what they are claiming to teach?

    I guess the Obama is in the details.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Why do we expect all people to go to college? Higher education is presented as a do – all and end – all to a decent job, but a lot of the time they just saddle students with thousands in debt and few practical skills. The glut of idiots in school also lowers the quality of the curriculum. I know of a local college where many students don’t have basic English skills. The school bought a lot of new computers but students kept stealing them, so the administration locked up all the newer electronics in a storage closet, not to use them but simply to advertise that they have the “newest, latest” computers to prospective applicants.

    I also feel sorry for the college students who pursue any major about race, gender, sexual orientation or “community organizing.” Aside from a teaching job or small grant from their liberal buds, they will be flipping burgers or operating a register within a year. Something they could do without the $100,000 and 20 years in debt.

  4. David says:

    Average pay for Highschool grads is $30k. Average pay with an associates degree is $38K. So $20 Billion to improve peoples lives by $8K. Thats the logic of socialism!

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