Wyoming Governor Gordon Meets With President Trump, Other Governors to Discuss Workforce Issues

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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (Photo Ron Richter ©)
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (Photo Ron Richter ©)

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon joined President Donald Trump, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and seven other governors at the White House Thursday for a roundtable discussion on a wide range of workforce-related topics.

According to information provided by the Governor’s office, the lunch-hour meeting with the President, members of his administration, and a bipartisan group of governors highlighted federal and state efforts to reduce barriers and expand economic mobility for America's workers.

During the roundtable, Governor Gordon highlighted the Wyoming Works program, which was created through legislation passed earlier this year. The program will help expand technical and trade programs at Wyoming's community colleges and provide grants for students enrolled in these programs. It is intended to help address immediate and anticipated demand for a skilled workforce to fill identified occupational needs in Wyoming. It also allows for private industry contributions, a concept supported by other governors in attendance. Wyoming was also recognized as one of the states with the fewest occupational licensing burdens.

As part of its economic diversification efforts, Wyoming has worked to expand vocational education opportunities in its quest to develop a nimble workforce. To further those efforts, the state recently applied for a State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the US Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship opportunities in Wyoming. If awarded, $641,075.32 will be used to implement both system-level and program-level activities to increase the number of registered apprenticeship programs and enroll apprentices in registered programs.

"The President's apprenticeship grant program is an avenue for Wyoming to pursue financial support for building out our workforce," Governor Gordon said. "My goal is to help Wyomingites gain the skills needed to improve the quality of their work, their take home pay, and ultimately to create better lives for themselves and their families."

SheridanWyoming.com

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