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Secretaries Duncan, Solis Testify Before House Committee
Secretary Duncan testified March 3 before the House Education and Labor Committee on how innovative education reforms can help rebuild the U.S. economy and restore the country’s competitiveness. He discussed President Obama’s education agenda, including his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011, which calls for Congress to enact the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act approved by the House in September. On Feb. 3, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on the Obama administration’s plans to strengthen the economy and improve the lives of American workers.
Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Workforce Investment
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a workforce hearing on Feb. 24. Chairman Tom Harkin (Idaho) said “… challenges facing us have changed dramatically since the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) was created over a decade ago.” Witnesses outlined ideas on how to build a stronger workforce investment system. Testifying were: Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of TheWorkPlace, Inc., representing Southwestern Connecticut's Workforce Development Board, Bridgeport, Conn.; Anthony Carnevale, director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Washington, D.C.; Cheryl Feldman, director, District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Philadelphia, Pa.; Paul Stalknecht , president and CEO, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.; and Robert Templin , president, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.
Dann-Messier Promotes Links Among Workforce And Education Partners
OVAE Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier addressed the National Association of State Workforce Agencies’ (NASWA) Winter Policy Forum on Feb. 18. She discussed how the workforce system can work more effectively with postsecondary, vocational, and adult education, as well as federal student aid. NASWA is an organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information and other services through the publicly funded state workforce system.
West Virginia's Free GED Increases State's GED Pass Rate
West Virginia’s legislature recently appropriated $260,000 of state funding to support the second year of free GED tests for adults who both attend West Virginia’s learning centers and meet the minimum scores on the GED practice tests there. State officials say that the free GED program has increased West Virginia’s GED pass rate over all by about 6 percent. Students also can re-take the GED test at no cost. The free GED program was initially created with funds from Verizon.
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