Town hall focuses on work force
State Rep. Joe Gallegos (D-Hillsboro) hosted a town hall last week on work force development to update attendees on the Legislatures efforts to secure record investments in Oregon schools, and his efforts to champion STEM education programs, increase 21st Century CTE (Career Technical Education) classrooms across the state and prevent tuition increases in Oregons university system.
Work force development is about policies that develop a healthy and educated pool of local workers to support Oregons recovering economy and spur continued job growth, Gallegos said. This means we need to keep our focus on always improving our K-12 system, expanding career training opportunities, reining in tuition costs and working with partners to listen to the needs of Oregons employers.
Gallegos was joined by panel members Pamela Murray, dean of work force and community development at Portland Community College; PCCs Rock Creek campus interim president, Brigitte Ryslinge; and PCC graduate Ellie Warren.
In order to get Oregonians back to work, we have to emphasize coordination with local businesses, educators, students and policy makers, Murray said. It takes elected leaders, like Rep. Gallegos, who understand the key to a prosperous future is educating and retraining our local work force.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT