United States Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) visited Saint Paul College on Friday, February 10 to promote The American Apprenticeship Act and its ability to provide tuition assistance funding for states to support apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
The bi-partisan American Apprenticeship Act was created with the goal of providing job training opportunities, as well as promoting apprenticeships as viable career paths for individuals who may not have had access to higher education or traditional job training pathways in the past. It seeks to bridge the skills gap between employers and job seekers by providing resources that can help prepare people for jobs in high-demand fields such as healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing.
During her visit, Senator Klobuchar made a statement about the act’s potential impact on students and employers in our community. Saint Paul College President Deidra Peaslee shared her appreciation for Senator Klobuchar's efforts in advocating for students and industry.
"Our apprenticeship programs provide students with an opportunity to earn while they learn," said President Peaslee. "Apprenticeships are an invaluable opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in the trades or technical fields; allowing them to develop the skills necessary for future success while establishing meaningful connections throughout their community and industry of choice—ultimately contributing towards economic growth within our state."
Joining President Peaslee and Senator Klobuchar in giving public remarks were Mr. Dean Gale ('91 & '03), Business Manager of St. Paul Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 34 and fourth-year plumbing apprentice and Saint Paul College student Charles Langhorne.
Langhorne encouraged students to apply fields with apprenticeship programs, citing workforce opportunities and comprehensive benefits.
"It’s a career, and it’s a skill and a trade that I’ll always have. Once I learn it, I can’t lose it," said Langhorne. "I’m going to go as far as I can in the trades."
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