In First College Visit, DeVos Praises Career Prep and Community Colleges

Betsy DeVos made her first official visit to an institution of higher education as education secretary on Friday, touring the jobs-training programs at Valencia College, a two-year college in Florida.

Ms. DeVos’s interest in community colleges — specifically, in career preparation — is consistent with her past statements on higher ed. In her first higher-ed address, in February, she noted “the importance of expanding vocational and technical education, the types of career and technical education that community colleges excel at providing.”

Ms. DeVos tweeted from Valencia on Friday morning:

Though employment was a key focus of President Trump’s campaign, his proposed budget could leave colleges like Valencia suffering with a cut in job-training programs. Job-training and employment services, under his proposal, would shift from the federal budget to the states.

“Employers need skilled workers,” Maria K. Flynn, president of Jobs for the Future, told The Chronicle this month. “Cutting programs that support America’s current and future work is problematic.”

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