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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan on Department of Labor $100 Million Apprenticeship Training Grants

Dec 11, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee today issued the following statement on the announcement of the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Training Program $100 million grants, which reflects the primary goals of the Promoting Apprenticeships for Credentials and Employment Act (PACE Act), introduced by Rep. Pocan and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA):

"I'm pleased to see the Administration take action today to expand apprenticeship programs, which incorporates the primary goals of the PACE Act. Much like the Administration’s initiative, this legislation would expand apprenticeships in the most in-demand, high-skilled industries and occupations.

“We have long known America has no shortage of smart, willing workers just waiting for their chance to pursue a fulfilling career and I am hopeful we can build on the President’s initiative through passage of the PACE Act.”

Rep. Pocan, along with Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the PACE Act on September 18. The bill would better integrate apprenticeships into postsecondary education programs and expand apprenticeship opportunities to new, growing fields. The PACE Act would also provide permanent annual funding for these training programs.