Sen. Franken urges closing ‘skills gap’ with training other than four-year degrees

Most jobs of the future will require postsecondary training, but that doesn’t mean every worker needs a four-year degree.

“You can throw a rock on the Senate floor and you will hit a senator (whose state has) a skills gap. Every state has this,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Monday at St. Paul College.

Minnesota and states across the nation face a growing shortage of workers qualified to fill “middle-skill” jobs that require some training beyond the typical high school diploma, but not a bachelor’s degree. This so-called “skills gap” leaves many manufacturing, health care, information technology and other companies struggling to find workers.

Click here to read Christopher Magan’s complete article from teh Twin Cities Pioneer Press. 

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