The pathway to success

If you’re like us, you’re a big fan of Mike Rowe. In 1977, his guidance counselor showed him this poster:

This poster and its misguided advice inspired him to create the show Dirty Jobs, and to help shine a light on the underappreciated, widely available, and good-paying jobs across America that are waiting for skilled people to step into the role.

Mike Rowe, President Trump, and the People’s House have at least one thing in common: We believe there is dignity in hard work, and there are many pathways to success.

No matter your background — or chosen career path — House Republicans want everyone in this country to be empowered to pursue their own unique version of the American Dream.

That’s why we passed two bipartisan bills this week to help Americans learn the skills needed to be competitive and successful in the modern workforce: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)’s The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)’s Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act helps bridge the gap between low-income Americans looking for work and employers who want and need to fill jobs — helping Americans transition out of welfare and into the workforce.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act helps Americans have access to education that will help launch their careers — even if it’s not from a traditional university.

Here’s what House Republicans had to say about the importance of workforce development:

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) on CSPAN’s Washington Journal:

“First of all, you help a young person launch a successful career — maybe they don’t learn so well in a traditional education setting — but if you put one of those tools of CTE in their hands, they’re inspired and they do so well. Maybe it’s a person who’s unemployed or unemployed, a person living in poverty. You can see where the return on investment if we can help them by providing better access to more effective skills-based education.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) on the House floor:

“A job is something that dignifies the human condition. It is an opportunity for every individual to make a contribution to their families, their local communities, and to our country. This bill is an innovative solution that will give more people access to that opportunity.  Through proposals like H.R. 2842, we can help struggling Americans find work and get on a path to success./

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA):

“There are jobs available in my district — right now. But there aren’t enough trained workers. This bill will help businesses and schools partner to prepare students for jobs in today’s in-demand industries.”

ICYMI: Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC) on Apprenticeships, technical education offer a path to a successful workforce – ‘college-only’ is a myth

There is a myth about success as it relates to education in this country. Too many Americans have come to believe that the pathway to a successful career lies solely on a college campus, and in a baccalaureate degree.

For many Americans this is not the case, and not the best path they can take to find the skills needed to ultimately lead them to the overall goal of an education — a  good paying job and a successful life.

Click here for her full op-ed

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK): America is Still the Land of Opportunity

A traditional 4-year university doesn’t work for all people or all skill sets.  We should support and encourage all forms of schooling across the board because all education is career education.  It isn’t limited to the skills learned at a university over four years. With millions of jobs available across the country, there is always a job opening to be filled.  The tough part is finding someone with the right skill set to fill the position and perform well.  By reauthorizing the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, we’re empowering state and local community leaders by easing requirements that are too restricting and apply a one-size-fits-all approach to CTE students.  It gives states more flexibility when supporting CTE students in rural areas, increases transparency within the programs, encourages public input, and limits federal intervention.

Full column here