McMorris Holds Education and Workforce Roundtables

Jan 04, 2009

(Washington, D.C.)  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA -05) was joined this week by Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner in hosting two meetings to focus on the workforce and higher education needs of Eastern Washington.

“In order to facilitate economic growth, we need to work collaboratively with the education and business communities to ensure that students are receiving the necessary education, skills and training to be successful,” said McMorris. “These meetings were about listening to the community and learning what we can do at the federal level to help meet the needs of our students and workforce.”

Local companies were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Congresswoman and the Chairman on how to create a 21st century workforce. The group focused on the continued importance of vocational training and how to make sure students receive the necessary work skills for entry into Eastern Washington’s workforce. The meetings also provided a unique opportunity for community leaders to hear from the Chairman about related legislation and accomplishments of Congress.

“Already this year we’ve passed comprehensive pension protection legislation to protect the interests of workers, retirees, and taxpayers, and now we’re focused on expanding college access for low- and middle-income students,” said Chairman Boehner. “We’re providing meaningful reforms that will expand college access, prioritize the needs of students, and protect American taxpayers.”

University and college presidents from across the state met for a Higher Education Luncheon at Whitworth College on Tuesday. The main topic of the meeting was H.R. 609: the College Access and Opportunity Act, which has passed committee and will be brought to the House floor for vote this fall. The bill will reform the Higher Education Act, established in 1995, through the principles of affordability, access, accountability, and quality, so that federal resources are focused on expanding college access for low and middle-income students.

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