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house Bill H.R. 2224

Funding a Program to Fast-Track High Schoolers Into Manufacturing

Argument in favor

An innovative program that deals with America not having enough skilled workers to fill vacant manufacturing jobs.

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06/15/2015
This is a great way to comprehensively improve the quality of laborers in the workforce. This should be more broadly implemented in the future.
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Paul's Opinion
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06/09/2015
We've ignored the trades too long. Lets help with programs to encourage kids to consider them.
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Aidan-WC's Opinion
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08/03/2016
Why of course! Funding a low costing affordable pilot program to increase productivity for possible future entrepreneurs would be initiating greatness in the preparation for the youth communities careers. During the time period of a recent down fall in occupational opportunities in the United States and when unemployment was unfortunately BOOMING in some regions the details column of this proposal states in quotes "5% vacancy rate meant that an astounding 600,000 jobs were left unfilled during a period when national unemployment was above 9%!" The calculation was conducted by The well know LLT manufacturers. If say in the case of this claim coming from the narrative prospective of blue collard manufactures it behooves our federal influencers to implement a program of a sufficient amount of money to fund a Pilot program that will promote temporary occupational opportunities for high schoolers to discover their future identifies in the field of work! I am greatly passionate about promoting that high school students are very educational/academically oriented for a college/university that truly exemplifies their economic and occupational future. Although, funding an affordable program for both public and private high school students would be powerful leverage to not only greatly alleviate unemployment but promote a large community of to be entrepreneurs or influential engineers, manufactures, machinery workers, builders, or generally speaking blue-collard workers to rise into the limelight for a taste of future responsibilities as well. However, while glancing this bill I imagine more of an opportunity for occupational and finical growth for strictly blue collard workers. Now beside the point, there are a abundant amount of future prosperity for occupational matters for future white collard workers as well. Typically you will find these individuals more college orientated. I say this because I have always dreamed of perusing an opportunity to claim my position in either the Harvard business school or Harvard law school as well. In the future If I were to be a caring and future white collard worker in the business aspect if I headed down that path I would want to prioritize that fellow blue collard workers especially to be successful youth individuals would receive the necessary funding to truly experience a prosperous career in what ever field they which to go in. In other words my point being is the United States government, federal agencies and lags corporate investment companies should additionally contain a mindset of integrity to invest in others occupational resources for future growth! NOT ALWAYS INVESTING IN MARKET BUREAUCRACIES FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. We are all in this together! Wall Street, High class investors and the federal funding departments need to incorporating a helping hand for the individuals below them so all Americans may rise to occupational prosperity! Mark my words, passing such implementations such as this in particular would only leave an amazingly prosperous implementation to alleviate unemployment in the nation and begin to ensure for young blue collard entrepreneurs and manufacturers are off for a road of GREAT PROSPERITY! Thank you for your time.
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Argument opposed

With such a small pilot program, outcomes may not apply more broadly. A per-student cost breakdown would be helpful.

Randall's Opinion
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11/07/2015
Not sure why this has become a federal responsibility. The purpose of the public education system was originally intended to provide the republic with the educated, informed, and discerning electorate required to maintain our democracy. The shift away from that goal, to emphasize trades and college preparation is why the US is such a political disaster today. How about dropping all the arts, band, etc., and returning to grammar, literature, math, science, and civics. If you teach those things we will have a population capable of learning and adapting to whatever needs the democracy, and job market have.
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Dennis's Opinion
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09/21/2015
We need to bring back manufacturing jobs to this country
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Gary's Opinion
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07/29/2016
Vacant manufacturing jobs? Where? "Right to work" states? You broke the unions and make trade deals that move manufacturing overseas. What will these kids do with this? You could make it about the trades (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) and it might be more useful, unless you let the banks hose the economy again.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2224?

This bill would establish a pilot program to award grants to ten eligible entities. The program would set high-schoolers on a path to the manufacturing industry. Each entity would be a partnership between a Local Education Agency (LEA), a community college, and an apprenticeship program. 

A 2-2-2 program would take students in 11th and 12th grades through three, two-year phases. The first 2 years would be a STEM-intensive education in 11th and 12th grade, provided by the LEA. The next two years would be spent completing an associate’s degree in a manufacturing-related field at the community college. The student would spend the final 2 years in a state apprenticeship program or joint-labor management training program, both of which would be in the manufacturing field. 

Impact

High school students interested in working in the manufacturing field; LEAs; community colleges; apprenticeship and labor management training programs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2224

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rick Larson (D-WA) explained in a press release that the bill would help connect high schoolers with jobs:
"America needs to be telling its young people we will invest in them. This bill does just that building a clear bridge between high school students and good paying jobs. Connecting today’s students with tomorrow’s skills is a critical investment in a strong economic foundation."
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) furthered in the same press release that the bill would ensure workers have the skills to enter STEM fields.
"A fundamental element of any economic recovery involves education. Good paying jobs increasingly require some aspect of STEM education – both in new, emerging industries, as well as those in existing industries as they evolve. The Youth Access to American Jobs Act would help create a clearer path from the classroom to the workplace for today’s youth."

However, some have argued that vocational training programs that set students on a career path before they enter college can be detrimental. As education equity expert Carol Burris explains in a US News article:

"The big fear I have is that we are going to go back to where we were at the beginning of the last century, where we start sorting and selecting students, and putting them on life paths that may foreclose their options. Why are we saying that we have the right to start to put our kids on career paths when they haven't experienced that much of the world?"

Of Note: The U.S. currently has a deficit of skilled workers in certain sectors. A 2012 Wall Street Journal article explains:

"In an October 2011 survey of American manufacturers conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP, respondents reported that 5% of their jobs remained unfilled simply because they could not find workers with the right skills. That 5% vacancy rate meant that an astounding 600,000 jobs were left unfilled during a period when national unemployment was above 9%. According to 74% of these manufacturers, work-force shortages or skills deficiencies in production positions such as machinists, craft workers and technicians were keeping them from expanding operations or improving productivity."

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AKA

Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2015

Official Title

To establish a pilot program to promote public-private partnerships among apprenticeships or other job training programs, local educational agencies, and community colleges, and for other purposes.

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    The President has not signed this bill
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      house Committees
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2015
    This is a great way to comprehensively improve the quality of laborers in the workforce. This should be more broadly implemented in the future.
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    Why of course! Funding a low costing affordable pilot program to increase productivity for possible future entrepreneurs would be initiating greatness in the preparation for the youth communities careers. During the time period of a recent down fall in occupational opportunities in the United States and when unemployment was unfortunately BOOMING in some regions the details column of this proposal states in quotes "5% vacancy rate meant that an astounding 600,000 jobs were left unfilled during a period when national unemployment was above 9%!" The calculation was conducted by The well know LLT manufacturers. If say in the case of this claim coming from the narrative prospective of blue collard manufactures it behooves our federal influencers to implement a program of a sufficient amount of money to fund a Pilot program that will promote temporary occupational opportunities for high schoolers to discover their future identifies in the field of work! I am greatly passionate about promoting that high school students are very educational/academically oriented for a college/university that truly exemplifies their economic and occupational future. Although, funding an affordable program for both public and private high school students would be powerful leverage to not only greatly alleviate unemployment but promote a large community of to be entrepreneurs or influential engineers, manufactures, machinery workers, builders, or generally speaking blue-collard workers to rise into the limelight for a taste of future responsibilities as well. However, while glancing this bill I imagine more of an opportunity for occupational and finical growth for strictly blue collard workers. Now beside the point, there are a abundant amount of future prosperity for occupational matters for future white collard workers as well. Typically you will find these individuals more college orientated. I say this because I have always dreamed of perusing an opportunity to claim my position in either the Harvard business school or Harvard law school as well. In the future If I were to be a caring and future white collard worker in the business aspect if I headed down that path I would want to prioritize that fellow blue collard workers especially to be successful youth individuals would receive the necessary funding to truly experience a prosperous career in what ever field they which to go in. In other words my point being is the United States government, federal agencies and lags corporate investment companies should additionally contain a mindset of integrity to invest in others occupational resources for future growth! NOT ALWAYS INVESTING IN MARKET BUREAUCRACIES FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. We are all in this together! Wall Street, High class investors and the federal funding departments need to incorporating a helping hand for the individuals below them so all Americans may rise to occupational prosperity! Mark my words, passing such implementations such as this in particular would only leave an amazingly prosperous implementation to alleviate unemployment in the nation and begin to ensure for young blue collard entrepreneurs and manufacturers are off for a road of GREAT PROSPERITY! Thank you for your time.
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    We've ignored the trades too long. Lets help with programs to encourage kids to consider them.
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    Not sure why this has become a federal responsibility. The purpose of the public education system was originally intended to provide the republic with the educated, informed, and discerning electorate required to maintain our democracy. The shift away from that goal, to emphasize trades and college preparation is why the US is such a political disaster today. How about dropping all the arts, band, etc., and returning to grammar, literature, math, science, and civics. If you teach those things we will have a population capable of learning and adapting to whatever needs the democracy, and job market have.
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    Encouraging American industry is something that has fallen to the wayside in recent years as our education system has become more test based and college-oriented. Other countries with strong manufacturing sectors such as Germany have tried similar programs with astounding results. It's time for the United States to realize that some students are more inclined toward manufacturing jobs, and thus, our school system should help them attain those positions. Although this is a small pilot program, if successful it could be implemented nationwide.
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    More education is a critical component of a healthy America. And all areas of American business should embrace it. Knowledge is power. And if a kid knows what they want to do let's help help them become the best at it. It helps us all.
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    Vacant manufacturing jobs? Where? "Right to work" states? You broke the unions and make trade deals that move manufacturing overseas. What will these kids do with this? You could make it about the trades (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.) and it might be more useful, unless you let the banks hose the economy again.
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    We need to bring back manufacturing jobs to this country
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    Yes please!!
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    Concrete career paths to decent paying jobs would be of benefit to many people.
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    A good program can promote the young to a good job without the need for very expensive college.
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    Bring manufacturing back to the states!!
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    Giving kids another option in their young adult lives will not only give them opportunity, but motivation and confidence as well.
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    Provide parents with school choice. Allow tax dollars to follow the students not visa versa. This will address many problems and improve education system wide.
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    Good option for some studens
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    Our young need a balanced base education to better be prepared for the future especially when our manufacturing facilities along with jobs are leaving this country due to our trade policy and tax laws.
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    This country needs more apprenticeships programs for the many technical jobs available. This allows individuals the ability to get a good paying job without going into serious debt or being forced to learn topics that are unrelated to their job and may hinder their ability to obtain a degree, from going to a university. Jobs like drafting could easily have feeder programs to post secondary apprenticeships.
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    Some students can really benefit!
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    As long as the expense is justified by results.
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    The US is on desperate need of skilled workers.
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