Van Hollen right for Se­nate

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: TOM HOR­GAN ELK­TON

Chris Van Hollen is lead­ing the charge to make it eas­ier for Mary­lan­ders to get the skills they need to suc­ceed in our 21st cen­tury econ­omy, and he’s help­ing busi­nesses hire the tal­ented men and women they need to make our econ­omy suc­ceed.

Chris knows that ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is never com­plete. He has been a vo­cal sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Obama’s com­mu­nity col­lege plan, which would help pro­vide re­cent high school stu­dents with a high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, and af­fords the chance for more cit­i­zens to be trained in fields of their choos­ing.

We also need to con­nect stu­dents with jobs when they have com­pleted their ed­u­ca­tion. In Congress, Chris was a co-spon­sor of the Work­force Devel­op­ment Tax Credit Act, which would of­fer fed­eral tax cred­its to com­pa­nies who cre­ate ap­pren­tice­ships pro­grams and hire those ap­pren­tices — a win-win so­lu­tion that helps em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers.

He has also worked di­rectly with the com­mu­nity. When Mont­gomery Col­lege needed fund­ing for an in­no­va­tive biotechnology ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram that in­cluded a part­ner­ship with a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, they came to Chris for help se­cur­ing the re­sources they needed. He also helped ob­tain a grant for com­mu­nity col­leges across Mary­land to train work­ers in the grow­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity in­dus­try.

Van Hollen is fo­cused on build­ing an econ­omy that works for all, not just the top 1 per­cent — that’s why he has my sup­port for the U.S. Se­nate

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