Esty Introduces Workforce Development Bills
STEM Jobs & First STEP Act Would Support Education for High-Skilled Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the introduction of two bills designed to boost workforce development and STEM education in Connecticut and across the country – H.R. 3243, the STEM (Supporting Teachers and Enhancing Manufacturing) Jobs Act, and H.R. 3244, the First STEP (Supporting Training for Employment Potential) Act. The bills are the result of input Esty has received from manufacturers she’s visited around the district since taking office as well as a roundtable Esty held on workforce development in New Britain in August.
“Folks in Connecticut and across the country need policies in place that will help manufacturers and small businesses create good-paying jobs and hire new workers. That’s all the more reason we need to end this irresponsible shutdown and start passing some real jobs bills,” Esty said. “As I’ve visited manufacturers across our district, I’ve heard again and again from employers and employees about the need to boost workforce training and STEM education to ensure our young people have the skills they need to succeed in the high-tech manufacturing sector.
“Manufacturers and educators have made it abundantly clear that boosting workforce development will require making sure our teachers have the resources and support they need to help kids excel in the STEM fields, which are driving job growth in the U.S. It will also mean doing more to help link our unemployed and underemployed workforce with employers. The STEM Jobs Act and First STEP Act are designed to address these needs, to help ensure that young people in Connecticut and across the country will be well-prepared for the high-tech manufacturing jobs of the future.”
The STEM Jobs Act would help enhance teacher professional development programs at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education to support our teachers in the critical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The First STEP Act would ensure that students in our state’s technical high schools, community colleges, and apprenticeship programs can earn nationally-recognized credentials to match their skill sets with jobs in demand.
Esty serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. She is a member of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus.