On Wednesday, August 30, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly will visit Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany for his latest “Donnelly Day.” Donnelly will shadow students at the facility as they develop skills in construction, advanced manufacturing, and welding. Donnelly will also hold a media availability at the end of the visit.
Donnelly has worked hard to close the skills gap and ensure that Hoosiers are being trained for jobs that are available and in-demand now. Elements of bills Donnelly introduced were signed into law in 2014 as part of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which sought to modernize and improve our nation’s workforce development system. It included part of Donnelly’s bipartisan America Works Act to prioritize training programs and certifications that employers require. In addition, WIOA included many of the priorities Donnelly outlined in the bipartisan Skills Gap Strategy Act to update our country’s workforce development system, including: boosting employer participation; aligning training programs with the jobs that are available now; and increasing the ability of workers to take advantage of on-the-job training and apprenticeships.
Launched in August 2014, “Donnelly Days” are an ongoing series of events, where the Senator works alongside Hoosiers in a variety of jobs and professions in communities across Indiana to gain a greater understanding of the issues most important to Hoosier workers.