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to replace affordable care act. a look at president trump's proposal for a new job apprenticeship program with georgetown university professor anthony carnevale. host: georgia congressional district will be the focus of congressional. they are fighting over a seat formally held by tom price. they are viewing this a congressional seat. stay close to c-span for more results from that contest. it's june 20th for this edition of "washington journal" and our first hour, we want to get your input on the best way to train the u.s. workforce. this comes especially as trump administration making a big push on getting more businesses to invest in apprenticeship program as a means of train people on a skill this could result in good paying jobs. from you it's learning a skill
like apprenticeship program better way to improve the workforce versus the value of getting a college education versus going to the military to learn a skill or other ways to improve how u.s. workers are trained. here's how unlet us know your thoughts. 202-748-8000202-748-8000202-748-8000202-748-8000 college if there are other ways to do it, it,202-748-8002. you can send us a tweet @c-span wj. you can post on facebook.com/c-span. just to give you a sense on this executive order signed by president trump taking a look at boosting apprenticeship programs in the united states, here's some of the elements of that proposal. he was calling the president that is, calling for almost
5 million apprenticeship primary over a five year period. the budget for this $95 million. federal money to help the spur these programs along. that's only $5 million more than what president obama proposed in the 2016 budgets. he will design the apprenticeship programs under broad standards had been designed by the labor department. as part of that, there will be easingly regulatory burden for administering these type of programs. which calls for eliminating ineffective workforce development program as the administration sees it. one of the big pushes came from the president's labor secretary alexander costa who explained the value of apprenticeship programs as best way of reducing the skill gap. this is just an idea that's a proposal for the larger idea how to best train these workers. let's hear from alexander acosta. >> there's six million job openings in the united states. this is the highest number of
job vacancies on record. americans want to hire. american companies want to hire americans and americans want to work. there's a skills gap between skills available and the skills that workers currently have. apprenticeship teach the skills needed to find good jobs and succeed in those jobs. apprenticeships combine a paid work component within an educational component. apprentices earn while they are earn avoiding the burden of student debt. president trump witnessed firsthand success of apprenticeship programs in the building trades. throughout his campaign, president trump committed firmly to expand job opportunities here in america. the president knows that apprenticeships offer participants good jobs and freedom from excessive loan
debt. the president knows that apprenticeship programs work. that they are the best way to reduce the skills gap. host: that's the efforts by the administration. we want to get from here as far as best way to train u.s. workers. you may think college is a good way to go. you may think apprenticeship programs are a better way. maybe there are other ways to improve the skill level of workforce and improve those who are being trained for future jobs. you can give us a call on phone lines if you say that it's college 202-748-8000 if you say it's programs 202-748-8001 if you say it's the military, 202-748-8002. maybe there's another idea -- out there. custom -- couple of people post o. facebook. it depends on the program.
we also need people who can fix cars and build our infrastructure. susan hughes adding saying, the best way to do this training the american workforce, is to provide the diverse paths to careers based on skills and interest. she adds thought about the military. you can post that on facebook.com/c-span if you want to end us a tweet. do so @c-span wj. ian will start us off in buffalo, new york, best way, what do you think that is? caller: well, i think college is a good way to go. because there are statistics from the bls, bureau of labor statistics that directly corollates education with income
and unemployment rate. you have a lower unemployment rate and higher income with more education that you have with the higher degree that you have. i think college is generally a good thing. with that said, i think what we really need is a mixed of two and four year colleges. there are some skills skills that two yearyear colleges are good at filling. we still need today. host: before you go, just a thought about cost. usually in these type of discussions people will take a look cost attending a four year university compared what you end
up making result of a job. what do you think the cost factor of college? as far as the future workforce is concerned? caller: i am in college now. i am a supporter of public schools. i'm in one. i think that there's generally stigma against public education. which i think in the long run will work for the country. i think that to improve cost, to sort of make people realize really the value of education we have to look past the stigma against public education. for instance, there's a piece in the "new york times," it was in july of last year reporting on schools in kansas, public schools in kansas. what people thought of them.
they said that to some people they were government schools. i think that generally, i think because you look at the ratings of congress and the president and it's pretty low. generally when you associate the government with something like education, it's going to sort of make people think that education sort of less highly. i think we sort of need to separate that. host: ian starting us off. we'll hear from robert hayward california. caller: good morning. i'm a contractor here. i've been hiring these day labors before they were hanging out at home depot. used to go to a church and stuff. first thing i want to say california just gone up to $75,000 per jail inmate per
year. these guys just come out and they go back in and they come out. i try and work them. they can't read a tape measure. they don't know anything about how to even work on a simple home. we need to use this money, one guy ten years in and out of jail is three quarters of a million dollars wasted on that guy sitting in a jail cell when he could be out working. host: you're saying when it comes to the workforce it's basic education that needs to be improved? caller: mandatory 30 days of job training before you get out. if you go into this program, learn how to read a tape measure. you can get out in 30. host: john in ash burn, virginia talking apprenticeships, hi. caller: good morning. i want to add my own personal
experience to this discussion. i'm a college graduate. i graduated from public institution here in virginia. i have a lot of friends who have gone the apprenticeship route. kind of learning a trade whether it be welding or wood shop. they seem to be more successful over all than college graduates. i got a friend he got his welding certification and he's doing great. host: we'll go next to some of the things military way to go. pennsylvania bill, hi there. caller: good morning. my view would be the military. we have zero children reportedly going into the military. i have a