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Kay Hagan training bill advances

Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday that her AMERICA Works Act made it out of a Senate committee last week.

The bill encourages national industries including construction. automotive and aerospace to come together and agree upon the skill sets necessary for employees and then make sure those skills are being developed at local community colleges.

"The so-called 'skills gap' is something I hear from business owners who tell me they have trouble filling positions due to a lack of qualified workers," Hagan said in a teleconference. "Families shouldn't be struggling to find jobs while employers struggle to find qualified workers, and my AMERICA Works Act will help close the skills gap.''

The measure, which she introduced in 2011 was folded into the Workforce Investment Act, which was approved by the Senate Health Education and Pensions Commission by an 18-3 vote.

Hagan, a Democrat, co-sponsored the bill along with the Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

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