A federal education official visited Heartland Community College on Friday to see how the school is training students to help fill a national job skills gap.
Assistant Education Secretary Scott Stump said U.S. employers are short 7.3 million skilled workers.
“They can’t find the ones with the skills they need to be able to advance their businesses,” Stump said. “With so many that are seeking, we as education institutions need to rethink how we are preparing those individuals.”
Stump met with educators and students in health sciences, early childhood education and workforce development.
Stump said U.S. colleges and universities have shifted too far from technical skills over the last 40 years, leading to a gap in skilled workers.
“It’s time that we bring them back