Jobs for the 21st Century

President Bush announced a plan to better prepare workers for jobs in the new millennium in his State of the Union Address called "Jobs for the 21st Century".

This news thrills the Wallace Community College Workforce Development division.

Director of Work Key Services Janet Ormond says "the Jobs for the 21st Century will give us an opportunity to expand our existing programs as well as to offer new programs that would help us build partnerships with employers in our community."

The idea is to help community colleges train and place students in careers in high growth industries where there's a shortage of trained workers.

College instructors say they could probably send 50 to 60 people to work if the college had them ready to go to work.

The college also works with nursing homes and hospitals to prepare students for jobs as nursing assists and they hope that will be just the tip of the iceberg.

The president's plan doesn't stop there; it would also expand the Pell Grant Program to help more low-income students get an education.