Senator Foung Hawj passes first bill
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Freshman State Senator Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) passed legislation today adding a non-voting advisor to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council representing the interests of adult basic education programs.
The Governor’s Workforce Development Council works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota’s workforce. Made up of leaders from business, education, labor, community organizations, and state and local governments, the GWDC forges practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state.
“I represent a wide range of people on St. Paul’s East Side. Adding an advisor to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council who represents the interests of adult basic education programs ensures that all stakeholders have a seat at the table,” said Sen. Hawj following the bill’s passage.
Minnesota’s Adult Basic Education programs provide educational opportunities to adults who wish to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens. More than 73,000 people are enrolled in ABE programs. Adding its voice to the Council will grow participation and strengthen Minnesota’s workforce.
“This was one of the first bills I introduced this session. To see it now supported unanimously on the Senate floor is a proud moment,” continued Sen. Hawj. “The Governor’s Workforce Development Council does a lot of good work, and I’m pleased that a new and necessary voice can be added.”