National Skills Development Program Sought

A HOUSE leader has filed a bill to provide universal access to skills training and create a national skills development program to help bridge the country’s skills gap and provide decent, higher-paying employment for the country’s labor force.

Titled the “21st Century Skills Act,” House Bill (HB) 7671 filed by Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, chairman of House House committee on ways and means, will establish a national program known as SkillDev, which will provide universal access to annual training programs. The program places an emphasis on job training for emerging or resilient industries such as the BPO sector and the digital economy.

Salceda said the proposal “will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century.”


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Emergency Funding Sought For Hamden’s School Reopening Plan

HAMDEN, CT — Hamden’s legislative delegation is urging the state Department of Education to provide the town with more than $780,000 in federal funding to help the district with reopening costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint letter to Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, state Senate President Martin Looney and representatives Michael D’Agostino, Robyn Porter and Josh Elliot are requesting $784,521 in federal CARES Act funding to help cover the cost of additional buses and bus monitors that will be needed to ensure social distancing in the district’s reopening plan.

The Hamden Board of Education recently voted to delay the reopening of schools until Sept. 15 due to concerns over staffing shortages. The district had been scheduled to open on Sept. 8.

Hamden’s transportation cost estimates have increased significantly since the district submitted its original request to the state Department of Education in July. Since then, the district has

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