Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder is visiting the White House to take part in a roundtable summit focusing on strategies to increase the number of apprenticeships in the United States.
President Barack Obama hopes to double the number of apprenticeships in the country in the next five years. In April, he announced a $100 million investment in American Apprenticeship Grants to expand job-training programs.
Today’s roundtable discussion includes a mix of employers and leaders from labor organizations and technical schools who plan to discuss models to expand apprenticeships in high-growth industries such as IT and health care as well as strategies to reach a wider swath of workers.
Snyder has been to the Washington, D.C. to speak about education issues on multiple occasions.
Most recently, in July 2012, he provided testimony about college affordability before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions. He has attended and spoken at several other White House summits focusing on education, workforce development and rebuilding and maintaining the American middle class.