West Kentucky Community & Technical College President Barbara Veazey was one of four community college presidents to join Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and a 13-member panel June 4 in Washington to discuss issues relevant to preparing a skilled workforce and providing the unemployed with the skills needed for new jobs.
The half-day forum, hosted by Third Way, a public policy think-tank, featured a presentation by Biden and a panel discussion moderated by Perez that focused on the future of America's workforce and the 21st century economy.
Perez joined Third Way and Byron Auguste, deputy director of the National Economic Council, for a discussion with Veazey and the other panelists of their ideas and best practices to match their local workforce to high-quality jobs.
"After discussions with Secretary Perez and the panel, I see the need for our college to include national credentialing in our academic programs and work harder to build apprenticeships with our partner organizations," Veazey said later in a news release.
The forum was part of Biden's project that will culminate with a workforce modernization and training report to President Barack Obama. Third Way will prepare its findings and release its report this summer.