AFT Leaders Call CHIPS and Science Act Transformational, Welcome Signing as Major Step for Rural Communities and Career-Tech Education
WASHINGTON—Today, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus applauded the signing of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, a transformational bill that invests in our nation’s manufacturing and research and development sectors.
“After years of underinvestment in U.S. manufacturing, today’s bill signing marks a new era in our nation’s growth and development, opening doors and creating career and educational pathways for the next generation, helping us transform our economy to meet the demands of the 21st century. By investing in workforce development and education, this bill will help revitalize rural communities that need it most, offering working people opportunities to learn new skills and seek high-paying union jobs in the manufacturing and technology industries. It will also expand access to STEM education courses and provide students with the tools and resources they need to pursue careers in these fields, laying the groundwork for kids to access skills-based, practical curriculums that will prepare them for whatever comes next, be it college, career or life.”
“This legislation also invests critical funds to boost the domestic supply-chain capacity, resulting in thousands of high-paying jobs and reducing product shortages. It also includes provisions to strengthen the country’s technology infrastructure, increase national security and promote vital research programs.
“Now we need to move this from policy to practice, integrating school and workforce policies so we create these technical and STEM career opportunities, including internships, apprenticeships and entry-level jobs, for American students everywhere.”
“The broad investments included in the CHIPS and Science Act will be a game-changer for most Americans, particularly in underserved communities across the country. In addition to reinforcing U.S. labor laws, the bill will provide thousands of people with the opportunity to be a part of a well-trained and skilled workforce in a renewed and strengthened economy.”
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