U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will discuss the Department’s rural education initiatives and the “skills gap” in the California job market, during his visit to San Jose on Tuesday, June 19 to deliver keynote remarks at the PTA’s National Council of States Meeting at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. He will also discuss the Obama Administration’s investments in community colleges and the critical roles they play in connecting education and the economy in rural areas.
West Hills College Lemoore in Lemoore, Calif., has received a $20 million grant to help it to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers with the skills employers need. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training Grant Program, designed to help close the skills gap in communities across the country.
The Council of States event is part of the annual convention of the National PTA, and one of several of meetings that will explore effective ways to support the educational challenges in rural communities.