The Education and Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness held a hearing today, “The Workforce Investment Act: Ideas to Improve the Workforce Development System.” The hearing examined how the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act can be used to keep America’s workforce strong. Witnesses included a number of workforce development professionals, including Beth Butler, an executive at Wachovia Corporation who is legally blind.
|Chairman RubÃƒÂ©n Hinojosa:
“Our ability to compete in a global marketplace is directly tied to the capacity of our workforce. It is essential that we take this opportunity… to prepare for the challenges ahead.”
“Accessibility was critical for me to be successful. These programs provided those types of opportunities for me… The support that I received from my qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors was immeasurable…”