As part of Donald Trump’s economic agenda, Ivanka pushes jobs that don’t require a traditional college degree.
According to her statement to the media, when Ivanka pushes jobs she isn’t necessarily pushing higher education. She wants to “raise awareness” of other career paths. With the price of college tuition climbing at a ridiculous rate (much higher than inflation), this emphasis on alternatives to the four-year degree is a good idea. Not only would the student debt trap be avoided, but colleges might be forced to lower their prices if more people found other ways to prepare for the job market. Colleges and universities would face more competition.
The Hill reports, “Ivanka to join Trump in jobs push.”
On Tuesday, the president, the First Daughter, and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will travel to Wisconsin to tour the Waukesha County Technical College, where they’ll promote new steps the administration will take to expand apprenticeships and make it easier for students to obtain skills-based education through “earn-and-learn” programs.
On a conference call with reporters, Ivanka Trump said the event was to “raise awareness about the fact that there are important and very viable and respectable career paths outside of a traditional four-year college experience that should be considered and should be invested in.”
On Wednesday, Trump will give a major policy speech on workforce development at the Department of Labor, while Ivanka Trump conducts a roundtable at the White House with CEOs on apprenticeship programs.
On Thursday, the president, the First Daughter and Labor secretary will hold another business roundtable at the White House, this time with eight governors. The administration has declined to say which governors will be in attendance.
White House officials credited a February manufacturing roundtable helmed by Ivanka Trump as the impetus for the new workforce development initiatives. She has been meeting with CEOs and Cabinet secretaries to brainstorm on the topic, officials said.
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