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Day 2 | Wednesday, February 16, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00PM EST

Skills Training & Job Quality: Industry Perspectives

Jobs that require skills training are the backbone of our economy. Yet not all jobs are quality jobs, with differences in pay, benefits, working conditions, and career advancement opportunities across industries and even among jobs within the same industry. As we invest in an economic recovery, we should seize the opportunity to make jobs better than they were before the pandemic so that every worker can thrive. 

How can skills training strategies promote quality jobs and equity? Join this session to hear leaders in different industries discuss how workforce development can expand access to quality jobs, disrupt occupational segregation, elevate workers’ voices, and contribute to industry and policy changes.

Daniel Bustillo, Executive Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Program
Alejandro Mendoza, Director, Human Resources, Optimax
Luis Sandoval, Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership
Dr. Beverly A. Scott, Founder, Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc Moderated by Brooke DeRenzis, Chief Strategy Officer, National Skills Coalition

Closing remarks by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Panel Discussion with Cabinet Secretaries: Issues Facing our Workforce Toda

The National Skills Coalition’s CEO Andy Van Kleunen will be moderating a discussion on the issues currently affecting America’s workforce with Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. 

Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education

Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Department of Commerce

Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Department of Labor

Moderated by Andy Van Kleunen, Chief Executive Officer, National Skills Coalition

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