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Committee on Education and the Workforce Demand Answers on Lapses in Job Corps Safety and Security

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing yesterday to examine the shocking and systemic lapses in security and safety surrounding the Job Corps program. The hearing is part of an ongoing two-year investigation the committee has conducted into the lack of safety measures the Job Corps program has failed to implement at program sites around the country. “The work of this committee, as well as other government bodies such as the Inspec...

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Foxx and Thompson Praise House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen CTE

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) issued the following statements upon House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) this afternoon: “Far too many Americans have difficulty accessing the education and skills needed to build a promising career and successful future," Rep. Thompson said. "Jobs are going unfilled as employers face a shortage of ski...

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Foxx Statement: Floor Debate on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

When many Americans think of higher education, they think of a traditional college or university on a sprawling green campus. They think of students leaving college and universities with their degree in-hand, ready for a career and set for life. While many Americans choose this path, there is a misconception that this is the only pathway to success. For many hardworking Americans, the pathway to success does not require a baccalaureate degree. In fact, skills-focused education has helped countl...

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Foxx Statement: Hearing on “Student Safety in the Job Corps Program”

I’d like to thank our panel of witnesses and my colleagues for joining today’s very serious discussion on the safety and security of the Job Corps program. I also want to note my disappointment that the Office of Job Corps has decided not to testify today. Their attendance would have provided the committee with important information about the program and the measures taken by the Office of Job Corps to address these safety concerns. The Job Corps program is intended to help some of our nation’s...

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ICYMI: Apprenticeships, Technical Education Offer a Path to a Successful Workforce – ‘College-only’ Is a Myth

Apprenticeships, Technical Education Offer a Path to a Successful Workforce – ‘College-only’ Is a Myth By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) In making his impassioned speech on how our county’s economy can grow through tax reform, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Tuesday, “We need to connect people with the skills they need to get good-paying, in-demand jobs.” Speaker Ryan is absolutely right, and the House is immediately answering the Speaker’s call to action. There is a myth about success as ...

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#WhyCTE Works

We hear stories in the news all too often about Americans struggling to find employment, jobs that go unfilled, and a persistent skills gap. Fortunately, career and technical education (CTE) offers a solution to these problems. CTE provides students with the education, skills, and hands-on experience they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Just ask these CTE graduates who prove why CTE works: It gave me a great introduction to the field, and encouraged me to become an electrical engi...

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Foxx Praises Hiring of New Executive at the Office of Federal Student Aid

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today issued the following statement in support of the Trump administration’s selection of Dr. A. Wayne Johnson to fill the position of chief operating officer at the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA): Dr. Johnson has his work cut out for him, and we stand ready to assist him as he takes on this new position at the Department of Education. The committee has consistently raised...

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