Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will be joined by Edgecombe Community College President Dr. Deborah Lamm, North Carolina Community College System Executive Vice President Kennon Briggs, Turning Point Workforce Development Director Michael Williams, and special guest U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary for Policy Bill Spriggs during the We Can't Wait for Jobs! community forum on Friday, April 13 at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. The forum will underscore the importance of expanding skill and job training programs to combat unemployment and meet today's workforce needs.
"I continuously learn of companies who have available jobs and are ready to hire, but they cannot find enough skilled workers to fill vacant positions," Butterfield said. "Across the country, growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Bold action is needed to bridge the gap between those looking for work and businesses looking for skilled workers. If we want to see significant improvements in the unemployment rate and remain competitive in our global economy, we must expand resources that will help the unemployed upgrade their skills or transition to new career fields."
The Congressman will carry a similar message to an Aviation Industry Workforce Development forum in Elizabeth City later in the day. There, Butterfield will be joined by Elizabeth City Mayor Joseph Peel, Telephonics Chief Executive Officer Joseph Battaglia, and Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Dr. Willie Gilchrist, among others.