President Donald Trump called for vocational schools to help train young Americans for jobs, during a Thursday speech at a GOP policy retreat in West Virginia.
The president questioned whether community colleges really help students, before suggesting the country begin prioritizing vocational schools to give young people the tools to learn about and succeed in a career during his address.
“We can open more vocational schools because we want every American to reach their full God-given potential,” the president said, adding: “You learn mechanical, you learn bricklaying and carpentry. We don’t have those things anymore, and I think vocation is a much better word in a lot of cases than community college. A lot of people don’t know what community college means or represents.”
The president also shared a story about a young man he grew up with who wasn’t a great student but had special talents. Trump used the story to point out the need to have schools that can foster such talents.
“So when all those people move into this country, we’ll have work forces to help them. and we’ll give them incentive to train themselves,” Trump said.
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