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Why should voters support the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act in Tuesday’s election? As NJBIA’s Michele Siekerka explains in this Star Ledger op-ed, it’s all about skilled workers.

“New Jersey has a critical skills gap that is leaving good-paying jobs unfilled, while the growing demand for career and technical education far exceeds space available for interested students,” she writes. “But we now have a great opportunity to help bridge that disconnect.”

Among the points she emphasizes:

  • manufacturers have more than 30,000 unfilled technical jobs;
  • vacant tech jobs hold back our economy;
  • vocational-technical schools and county colleges will be able to meet the demand for these skilled workers if the bond act is approved; and
  • the technical skills at issue can provide for careers that do not require a four-year college degree.

“The Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act will provide $350 million for much-needed expansion of career and technical shops, labs and classrooms at county vocational-technical schools, as well as enhanced security at New Jersey schools,” Siekerka says.

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