U.S. Rep. Donnelly pushes for portable skills credentials

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A northern Indiana congressman and candidate for U.S. Senate wants to ensure worker skills credentials are honored nationwide.

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said employers in other states are sometimes reluctant to accept manufacturing skills certifications earned in Indiana because the certification procedures may differ from those followed in another state.

The American Manufacturing Efficiency and Retraining Investment Collaboration Achievement (AMERICA) Works Act, sponsored by Donnelly, would fix that by creating a national registry of skills credentials showing the criteria required to earn each credential and helping employers see the equivalencies between credentials.

"We still have a lot of work to do to make sure that there is a job for every Hoosier, but this will help job-seekers more efficiently market their skills and find a good job match," said Donnelly, whose district includes eastern Porter and LaPorte counties.

House Bill 1325 is co-sponsored by 10 members of Congress, has been endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers and is awaiting action from the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Earlier this month, Donnelly announced he won't seek re-election to the House in 2012 and is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Originally in Northwest Indiana Times
By Dan Carden

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