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Blunt Tours Workforce Development Programs

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with students and faculty at East Central College

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) with students and faculty at Ranken Technical College

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WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) visited East Central College in St. Louis, Mo., and Ranken Technical College in Union, Mo., to meet with students and faculty about their job training and apprenticeship programs. Blunt toured the schools to get a first-hand look at how they are preparing workers with the skills they need to get ahead. 

“Apprenticeships create opportunities for Missourians to gain the skills they need to successfully enter, or re-enter, the workforce,” said Blunt. “East Central College’s Business and Industry Center and Ranken Technical College are opening doors for students by giving them hands-on experience in high-demand career fields. The students I met with are well-prepared to take advantage of our robust economy thanks to the strong foundation they’ve built at these institutions.”

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), Blunt has prioritized resources for programs geared toward preparing and training workers for in-demand careers. The FY2020 Senate Labor/HHS appropriations bill included several key workforce development priorities, providing a $15 million increase for the Apprenticeship program. Additionally, Missouri received $38.2 million in training and employment services grants in 2019.