Bumphus to serve on national workforce advisory board

AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus

Walter G. Bumphus, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, has been appointed to serve on a blue-ribbon advisory board to a national council that is crafting a comprehensive national workforce strategy.

The 25-member American Workforce Policy Advisory Board will serve the National Council for the American Worker (NCAW), which President Donald Trump established last year. Recommendations from the board will help guide NCAW’s work to: create a national campaign promoting education pathways; improve labor market data to better identify needed skills and competencies for available jobs; and increase transparency and public/private investments in education.

“Our community colleges are providing training that creates a pipeline of skilled workers benefiting local and regional economies,” Bumphus said. “Working on a national model will allow regional successes to be replicated and scaled to ensure greater access to affordable and relevant career and technical educational opportunities.”

The community college sector will have two representatives on the advisory board. Jay Box, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will also serve on the board, which includes leaders from business and industry, higher education, state and local governments, trade associations, nonprofits and organized labor. Some of the representatives from business and industry include the CEOs of Apple, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Walmart, Home Depot and Siemens USA.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump, advisor to the president, will co-chair the advisory board. Board members will serve until July 2020.

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