We have several plans to accomplish this goal that include improving career and technical education in our high schools, increasing and supporting dual credit programs, strengthening partnerships between industry and higher education leaders as well as targeting investments on training programs with high potential.
Recent reports show that 67 percent of manufacturing companies are reporting moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. On top of that, 56 percent of those companies expect the shortage to increase in the next three years. Because of our strong fiscal stances for a balanced budget and creating an environment where employers want to be based, we have been graded as number one in the Midwest and number five in the nation to do business in. However, Indiana received C- on our ability to provide quality human capital based largely on several factors, including:
In the upcoming session we will also be focusing on addressing crucial shortages of teachers who are educating our students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and science (STEM). Currently, there are 2.4 STEM jobs for every one unemployed person. We do not want our students to miss out on the opportunity to be successful in their career in this global economy. We cannot allow our students to fall behind in these crucial areas and I’m looking forward to finding solutions to address this issue.
I look forward to working together to accomplishing these goals and providing a brighter future for all Hoosiers and their families. Please contact me if you have any questions at 317-232-9647 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)