Trump delivers remarks on workforce development

good evening my name is Jeff eakins and I’m the superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools the 8th largest school district in the country double honor it is to have the president of the United States visit Tampa and join us here today at Tampa Bay Technical High School our district has had a long-standing commitment to Career and Technical programs last year over 60,000 students took at least one Career Technical education course into Crook County we’ve had more than 7,000 students who earned at least one industry certification Tampa Bay Technical High School under the leadership of Prince with Mike eppolito is one of the highest performing schools in our district as evidenced by their outstanding graduation rate of nearly 98 last year loans Dunes at Tampa Bay Tech or AN 627 industry certifications I am proud to have our Career and Technical location students and teachers school and District leaders Community Partners in business front-runner sitting with us today who truly understand the importance of preparing our students very intentionally for high-demand highways jobs and today we will have the privilege to witness significant Milestone that will further bolster our ability to prepare our students for those jobs and we must remember that we can prepare students for these jobs but then the jobs must exist in our Workforce for our students to get them and earn a living wage we are soul fortunate and in the State of Florida we have a leader who has spent the past 8 years working tirelessly to increase jobs in the workforce all across the state slogan let’s get to work has truly been more than just words it it has been action it is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you the governor of Florida Rick Scott first off it’s great to be home it’s the it’s wonderful be here and it’s wonderful be here in just really cares about kids he cares about education first thing is he can you imagine the depressing nights this is here today at Tampa Bay technical it’s on it’s unbelievable we have to give the present here to talk about what we all care about we care about jobs and we care about education and this present cares about both and what did what has he done 4.1% growth in GDP so the first thing I think we’re to give the present big round of applause cuz all of us my job Jeff to somebody that works very hard to make sure every child has a great chance to live the dream of this country I want to recognize history Betsy DeVos thank you for all you do is make sure all of our kids all across our state I know this is the most important state and you should be putting all your time thank you for what you’re doing I want to recognize some Congress men with us today and we got Matt gaetz and Gus bilirakis I want to thank them for what they’re doing to make sure our country does well in this state does well I want to wreck ice have different sport Mikey piloto people ask me all the time if you want to have a good education what’s the one person you want to make sure is really good the principle they want to find the best teachers keep the best teachers and care about every student but Tampa Bay technical nearly 50 years and almost 98% graduation rate there’s not many schools like that mistake but the reason we’re here is we’re here to highlight your students and make sure they have a chance to live the dream so I won’t recognize two students here today Isabella Cruise now for Thompson Calderon and thank you for being here this President cares about jobs when I ran in 2010 I ran on jobs this President ran his campaign to make sure this is the country everybody has a chance to get a great job that’s why you’re seeing all the success the prison trip as having but he also knows that every student needs the opportunity to succeed and without a great education and weather all of them have to be successful since I got elected back in 2010 we’ve invested over six billion dollar annual increase and education system and today according to US News and Report Florida is the number one state education system in the country last year we had the best in the chicken games for K-12 education in the entire United States and if your Gator fan the 9th best public university in the country now it’s my distinct opportunity to introduce somebody that has been a big influence on making sure president Trump is very successful and that’s his beautiful daughter Ivanka she is somebody that works hard everyday to make sure every student in this country courses are most important state every student this country has a great chance to live the dream of this country which starts with the greatest gation your friend of my friend Ivanka Trump thank you thank you governor for that incredibly gracious and kind introduction and thank you Florida it’s great to be here in 10 Tampa Bay Technical High School thank you thank you everyone it’s always a privilege to be with the hard-working men and women who make America’s Workforce the best in the world everyday this White House this whole Administration is fighting to give all Americans a chance to thrive and are booming modern economy as you all know in recent decades are Workforce is dramatically and the jobs have changed to this is one critical reason we are focused on demand driven education and vocational training that delivers real results from America’s workers I’m honored president asked me to lead the White House’s effort the spur job creation and Economic Opportunity through vocational education and Workforce Development over the past year-and-a-half or Administration has taken action to expand apprenticeship increase access to stem education for all K through 12 students pass critical legislation such as the Perkins Career and Technical education bill which will be signed into law in a couple of minutes by the president counselors in every action we take our goal is to ensure that every student can learn skills that align with the job in demand in our modern economy that every worker can move from an entry-level job into a lifelong career our hope is that millions of men and women who have been on the sidelines of a chance to find filling work and provide for their families our vision is to create a Workforce culture that Fosters and prioritises lifelong learning 25 years from now America’s fact slab stores incubators every sector of our economy will again be transformed from how it looks today but if we seize this moment to invest in America students and workers we will continue the greatest pioneering nation of the twenty-first century this is why it is my great honor to introduce the leader who truly believes in the people of this country who keeps his promises and who will always deliver for America’s workers please join me in welcoming the 45th president of the United States Donald J Trump thank you what a group thank you thank you God bless thank you everybody well thank you vodka for the introduction a it is my daughter so she should probably give me a good introduction I was counting on that and for the incredible leadership that shown with the White House Workforce initiative you really have been incredible Ivanka thank you it’s great to be back in Florida love Florida but a great victory in Florida and we can have a lot of great victories in Florida into coming short period of time and we are honored to be joined speaking of Victory by your tremendous Governor is a tremendous guys friend of mine for a long time he works really hard he’s really and he gets it and he loves this state he loves his country Rick Scott says to demand-driven skills training helping countless Floridians Find Steady jobs and rewarding their careers and he loves doing it also with us is education secretary Betsy DeVos Betsy Betsy hi Betsy good job Congressman Gus bilirakis big help to us and his another help you ever watch his guy and television like a machine he’s great Matt Gates great guy and my good friend Paula White Pastor White great job you do the evangelicals I hear one more popular than ever with evangelicals you’re the only one that you’ll tell the truth shall only tell the truth but I appreciate everything you’ve done we had tremendous turnout in the election and I hear even more so now because we fulfilled our promises seventh grade and I’m thrilled to be here at Tampa Bay Technical High School and grateful to superintendent Jeff eakins and principal Michael hipple Michael did I do well that I do better than that got one thank you Michael it done an incredible job and I appreciate your hosting this very much thank you we’re also here to discuss a issue feel very strongly about vocational education whether you’re a high-school student or a late career worker there has never been a better time to learn a trade Hohner skill or pursue your dreams never been a better time we’ve never at a better time for hiring in this country last quarter are GDP as you know grew to 4.1% and I think it’s going to go a lot higher than that very importantly a number that people aren’t talking about cuz most people don’t quite get it but we had a 52 billion dollar trade deficit reduction which people is you know I will tell you that a lot that’s for the quarter there was saying that one is not even possible and we’re going to do even better next quarter we created 3.7 million new jobs since the election the number that was Unthinkable unemployment recently fell to the lowest level the half a century what sounds better half a century 50 years I think I had a choice in the month of June and workers entered re-enter the workforce 600000 to continue this moment and we recently established a National Council for the American worker to develop a national Workforce strategy and we launched a new campaign our pledge to American workers and that’s what we want it’s our pledge in less than 2 weeks of our cat has worked with CEOs and leaders to get companies and associations across the United States to pledge to train retrain over 4 million American students are workers this bold initiative true and that’s the number we hit so far it started off we wanted to do 5 and it just grew and grew and instead of 500,000 it turned out to be 4 million American students and workers for million and it’s going a lot higher than that wow is right who said that this bold initiative is all being done through the private sector and private-sector investment earlier today 49 Florida businesses that signed our pledge to create apprenticeships and on-the-job training for more than 155000 Floridians so Governor that help these companies and associations include many great businesses that are here with us today I’d love you to stay and then there’s some of the top Executives from these incredible companies like Airbus Airbus Honeywell Honeywell Eastern shipbuilding great company Cape mg National Electric yes thank you National electrical contractors Association tremendous Force Firehouse Subs Leonardo DRS oneweb satellites sap software and that’s a great company by the way friend of mine is running it Tampa tank along with many others we have a lot of people here today and they’ll be with us in about 2 hours when we’re making a speech of a lot of thousands of people and their lined up outside I also want to thank governor Scott for signing the pledge to expand vocational training opportunities to ensure that Floridians of all ages and all backgrounds are able to acquire the skills they need to thrive in this incredibly booming economy we going to keep it booming and just this morning I was very proud to sign the new and improved Perkins Career and Technical Education Act into law that was a big deal they’ve been trying to do it for many years as I understand it many many years that’s like with the vet’s we signed choice and we did something that nobody thought that’s when you stand in line for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to see a doctor in you can’t they just not there and you’re able to go outside immediately go outside to a private doctor did you get it done and we pay for the Vets Bill these are a great people we take care of them so not so much different now more than 11 have greater access to better training and more jobs spell language for years and Congress with the help of Ivanka and governor Scott and many others who joined us for the ceremony today and I also want to thank Senator Marco Rubio he’s been fantastic and Congressman gay tell you Congressman you and Congressman Bill arrakis have been really incredible we would not have done it without them we would not thank you thank you could not have done it without him in a few call Michelle signed a copy of the perfect Perkins act as a gift to Tampa Bay Technical High School proud graduate a real winner of Tampa Bay Tech David Thompson Calderon who is now a very skilled pipe welder make a lot of money to David Wright David can you come up and just share what are you story cuz just a great story David where are you babe thank you mr. president preciate it how you doing everybody James David Thompson and I want to check in 2014 I graduated and my spirits at Tech was so wonderful to faculty the teachers it was just such a great experience and they’re really pushed me and mr. I thank you so much really push me and mr. Harvey and my dad they told me so much things to learn and I was running track my senior I injured myself and luckily I had the opportunity to fall back and welding and I was working at the shipyard for a little while and I went kavalan with the texas-louisiana everywhere I’m a part water and I’m telling this to the kids you can have a trade and you can be successful I make over 6 figures a year I’m 23 I love it like I said I love it and to the parents I was watching please get your kids to Tampa Bay Tech thank you David wow that’s a great job he’s doing well David how much you say that’s a lot of great David also here with us today is Isabella Cruise a rising senior at Tampa Bay Tech Isabella is studying conjecture and engineering and Isabella I’d love you to come and say a few words cuz you story is a great one I’m here with my mom we moved here when I was young from Brooklyn New York and I have lived in Hillsborough County ever since then I’m right senior as he said here at CVT and I’m in the architecture and engineering program just like you mr. president I too am a president of the president of the architecture Club at our school anyways Timmy Tech is a school full of many opportunities no one ever leaves tvt without any men’s amount of knowledge list goes on in about your own program but others from your peers going to school like tremendous learning experience for any student thank you beautiful thank you Isabella great future when we invested our workers we are investing in our people we are investing in our communities and we are investing in the American dream makeamericagreatagain the American dream that’s thanks again to all of the wonderful businesses here these businesses have been fantastic and they are great businesses as you get older you’ll know who these businesses are a little bit more but they are some of the best in the world and for signing our pledge and to all of the wonderful faculty students and graduates from Tampa Bay Tech in a tremendous future so I can say that together we will build a new one find new cures Master new Industries harness new technologies and create new products stamped with us for really beautiful words made in the USA will call that one word made in the USA made in America what do you like better made in the USA or made in America okay ready USA made in America yeah but that’s incredible state to state of Florida and Governor congratulations on the great job you’ve done and shepherding everybody and this incredible group of people with us today we really appreciate it Rick Scott thank you very much and God bless you all and God bless America thank you I’m going to sign right that’s great
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