Ivanka Trump: ‘Skill-Based Education Is Crucial’ for American Workers

First daughter, adviser to the president says we've 'failed to recognize' the value of 'practical learning' in this country

Mom, wife, daughter of the president, and adviser to Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump has written an op-ed for Fox News in which she makes her views quite clear about what our country must do in order to match skilled and well-trained Americans with good-paying jobs and success in today’s economy.

She forthrightly describes how she visited Iowa students this past week at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center in her Fox News opinion piece, published this weekend.

“It was incredible to see firsthand how high school juniors and seniors are solving real-world challenges while learning how to code, program robots, develop electrical and plumbing systems, and pioneer innovations in bioscience,” she wrote.

Ivanka Trump, 36 and the mother of three children, also said that “skill-based education is crucial to putting more Americans on a path to promising careers — and filling the jobs of the future, as well as those that are vacant today.”

The president, she wrote, is “committed to expanding 21st-century opportunities through affordable workforce development programs.”

And she said that President Donald Trump’s “recent infrastructure proposal, sent to Congress last month, would greatly amplify and expand this effort.”

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Check out the figures she cites. Currently in our country, there are:

  • 6.3 million unfilled job openings (the highest on record)
  • 250,000 in construction, of these;
  • 427,000 in manufacturing; and
  • 500,000-plus in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

“Not only would our infrastructure plan generate new projects that directly increase employment in construction and other affected industries — it would also break down barriers for American workers to get the training they need to be successful in the jobs we need filled.”

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The first daughter referenced the “talent, grit and spirit of the American worker” — and how these qualities “have always defined our nation and enabled us to compete and lead in the global economy.”

Read her entire piece in Fox News here. 

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