WPR News
11:16 am
Mon January 26, 2004

Community Colleges Praise Job Trainning Effort

Cheyenne, WY – President Bush wants to give American community colleges more money for job training programs. Bush outlined his proposal in his State of the Union address. Wyoming Community College Commission Director Richard Gilliland says Bush's plan calls for re-directing 50 million dollars from the Department of Labor to go to community colleges. He says that money would be welcome news for Wyoming. Gilliland says there's a major concern that over the next decade the state will see a large retirement of registered nurses. He says since nursing programs are part of community college curriculum, getting the job training money will be crucial to avoid a nursing shortage. Gilliland expects Wyoming's share to amount to several million dollars if Congress approves.