2014 DC TechTable: Vice President Joe Biden

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[staff name=”The Honorable Joe Biden” position=”Vice President of the United States” img=”https://www.t4a.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/joe-biden.jpg”]The 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation. The Vice President was tasked with implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, helping to rebuild our economy and lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. As part of his continued efforts to raise the living standards of middle class Americans across the country, Vice President Biden has also focused on the issues of college affordability and American manufacturing growth, key priorities of the Administration.

Vice President Biden continues to draw on his foreign policy experience, advising the President on a multitude of international issues. He helped secure the Senate’s approval of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, together with significant new funding to maintain our nuclear laboratories. He played a lead role in ending the war in Iraq responsibly, traveling to the country eight times since being elected—most recently in December 2011 to mark the formal end of the war.

Connect with the Vice President here: [v_icon color=”#1bb2e9″ size=”21px” hover=”show-color” name=”moon-twitter” url=”https://twitter.com/VP” target=”_blank”][/staff][/column]

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[quote author=”Vice President Joe Biden”]This is the best darn meeting I’ve ever had.[/quote]

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[heading]Key Takeaways[/heading]
[v_icon color=”#1B75BB” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-office”]The intention of this meeting was to discuss how to improve job driven training and skill development with the ultimate goal of reducing unemployment. The Vice President’s staff put an emphasis on partnership at a variety of levels: partnership between the public and private sectors as well as partnership with government and the education sector. The administration recognizes that unemployment is not a problem that government can solve by itself. While they do have resources to dedicate to this effort (grant programs, discretionary job training budget), these partnerships are essential to effectively create this change.

[v_icon color=”#F37320″ style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-graduation”]One of the Vice President’s primary focus areas is partnering with community colleges. He urges the private sector to work closely with community colleges in training employees, with help from the government where needed. The Vice President is also an advocate of apprenticeship programs and refers to them as the “best way to a job.” The Vice President has and continues to urge the private sector to set up these programs within their companies and work closely with community colleges to find the apprentices.

[v_icon color=”#FBAD1D” style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-compass-2″]Additionally, particularly among individuals who are long-term unemployed, there seems to be a mismatch not just with skill set, but also with industry and location. Many people are willing to jump through the hoops to land a job (move, learn new skills etc.), but don’t know how to find information on the open positions. One of the biggest problems with the current job market is the lack of accessible information on what’s out there. The Vice President believes we need to be straightforward with people – we need to be able to identify where the jobs are and what they require.

[v_icon color=”#F05A28″ style=”pull-left” size=”38px” target=”_blank” name=”moon-screen-3″]The Vice President was particularly encouraged by suggestions around promoting computer science education. He was impressed that this is a field not only yielding one of the fast growing and most lucrative job markets, but the skills can be taught relatively quickly and at a lower cost. Other industries also offer alternatives to college degrees, most notably in the form of credential programs. A general consensus from the group was that we need more of these.

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[heading]Executive Briefing[/heading]

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