The world is changing, and so must our educational expectations change. Today, our students must respond to the economic pressures of a highly skilled global economy. This global competition requires a different and vaster set of skills than in the past.
A strong education system is essential to advancing our workforce and economy. Businesses looking to expand or locate in Kentucky need to know that we can provide the workforce they need to compete and thrive. That is why investment in education and our teachers is essential.
In Kentucky, our students’ educational successes determine the future prosperity of our state. We must provide all students every opportunity to achieve at high levels. Students need educational opportunities that address their specific learning needs and are not tied to test scores.
Whether they plan to enter the workforce after high school or go to college, our education system needs to provide all students a path to a viable career. From early childhood to adult education and workforce training, relevant and practical learning opportunities are essential in order to ensure that all Kentuckians succeed in work and life.
As for transitioning careers and education, workforce training is critical. Through the BEAM initiative, technical training is a priority. With Governor Beshear, the legislature, Toyota and Bluegrass Community Technical College as partners, we are opening a training center next to Toyota’s campus in Georgetown. This facility will prepare Kentucky workers for good paying, high-skilled jobs. When people need or want to transition their career, this approach offers mobility.