During Visit to Riverland, Klobuchar Touts In-Demand Careers, Apprenticeship Bill

November 03, 2017 07:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) visited Riverland Community College in Austin Monday, participating in a roundtable discussion about education issues in the state.

Klobuchar toured the college before sitting down with a small group to discuss education-related issues, including student loans and funding for military veterans going to college.


During her visit, she highlighted the importance of making sure students leave college prepared for the workforce, especially those who plan to enter high-demand fields like healthcare and agriculture.

Providing those students job opportunities locally also has economic benefits, she said.

"I totally believe that if someone grows up in Austin or Albert Lea, that they should be able to live there, and we want to make sure we continue to have the economic engine of our state distributed across our state and not all in one place," she said.

Klobuchar, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the American Apprenticeship Act in April, aiming to provide money to expand apprenticeship opportunities to connect students and employers. That bill is waiting for action in a Senate committee. 


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