GOV. MALLOY: RENEWED P-20 COUNCIL WILL STRENGTHEN LINK BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEM & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has
signed an executive order
revitalizing the objectives and updating the membership of the state's P-20 Council to ensure that Connecticut develops bold initiatives that strengthen all levels of the state's education system so that students are best prepared with the skills needed in today's job market.
"Connecticut's future economic success depends on a well educated workforce. Beginning with early childhood education and continuing through a strong postsecondary education, students must learn the skills they need to compete so we can meet the needs of employers who are looking to grow their businesses or relocate," Governor Malloy said. "The P-20 Council is an important component of how our state can provide a comprehensive education system that prepares all students to succeed. Through today's executive order, we are giving the council a stronger voice and a more influential role in the policymaking process."
Connecticut's P-20 Council, originally created in 2009 by then-Governor M. Jodi Rell's Executive Order No. 2A, is a team of stakeholders comprised of representatives in four sectors - early childhood education; elementary and secondary schools; higher education; and the workforce and business community. The Council charges representatives from those sectors with collaborating on a public policy framework that integrates components of the state's education system with economic and workforce development opportunities.
Executive Order No. 20
restructures the group to reflect and capitalize on recent state agency reorganizations and reinvigorates its functions following the enactment of the major bipartisan education reform initiatives the legislature passed and the Governor signed into law in May.
"Last year on my Jobs Tour, I heard time and again from employers about the need for skilled labor, particularly in high-skilled manufacturing. At a time when many of our residents are looking for work, it's frustrating to know that positions are available, but we don't always have the workforce necessary to fill them," Governor Malloy said. "At the end of the day, this is about creating opportunities for existing Connecticut companies to expand, attracting new employers, and growing good-paying jobs with good benefits for our state's residents."
Governor Malloy will convene the revitalized group's first meeting on November 30.
For Immediate Release: October 18, 2012
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