Training Students For Jobs Of The Future

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. February 15, 2013

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Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (photo by Phil Gregory)

A measure seeking to make sure New Jersey students are graduating with the skills employers want is ready for Governor Christie's desk.

The bill that received final legislative approval in the state Assembly establishes an eight-member task force to identify the training students need for the jobs of the future.

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner says many students are concerned whether they’ll be able to find a job when they graduate, and many employers are having problems finding qualified workers.

“They’re looking for certain skills which we have not been focusing on. So we need to hear from them exactly what they need. Especially the more and more we get into technology I think we also can’t ignore the socialization skills that are so required out there, and they do find that’s needed.”

Wagner is concerned students may be spending a lot of time and money on an education that offers little promise of employment.

“I hope that there will be classroom changes. Right now I know many too people that are unemployed because literally they’re not qualified to hold a job. So we need to fit our higher education curriculum to meet the needs of the business world.”

Wagner expects some of the best job opportunities will be in technology, science, and medicine.


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