8th Congressional Candidates Discuss Vocational Education

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8th Congressional Candidates Discuss Vocational Education


Byline: Marie Wilson mwilson@dailyherald.com

Eighth Congressional District Democratic candidates Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi already have taken swings at each other's jobs plans.

But at a debate Saturday afternoon, they discussed one specific aspect of job creation -- how they would promote vocational education and support jobs in the skilled trades.

They shared their views with a crowd of 200 packing a Villa Park middle school's cafeteria for the debate, sponsored by the Addison, Bloomingdale, Wayne and York Township Democratic Organizations and .

Duckworth, 43, of Hoffman Estates, said she would support technical training for young students and job retraining programs for older people who have lost jobs.

"We have to have these programs for all our young people," she said. "Not just the ones that want to go to college, but also the ones who want to go to vocational school."

Duckworth, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and an Iraq War veteran, said not all high school graduates or people exiting the military are ready to go to college, but they shouldn't lack opportunities to pursue a technical education.

"We need to make sure the programs are there so our kids have a fair shot at all levels of education," Duckworth said.

Krishnamoorthi, 38, of Hoffman Estates, said there is a mismatch in the skills needed by today's technology-based employers and the skills possessed by unemployed citizens. …

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