Ivanka Trump plans another visit to Southern Illinois to talk about workforce training

By Belleville News-Democrat

First daughter, and adviser to the president, Ivanka Trump is set to visit Godfrey on Wednesday morning, the White House said.

Trump is scheduled to be at the Weber Workforce Development Center at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, where she plans to participate in a roundtable discussion with 10 to 15 people, including U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, according to the White House.

About 250 people are expected to be in the audience of the invitation-only roundtable, the White House said.

The visit is part of the president’s Council for the American Worker initiative, which was signed via presidential executive order in July.

“Ivanka is playing a large role in this,” said Judd Deere, director of Media Affairs for the White House. “(She’s) doing several stops across the country, holding round tables, and touring facilities where colleges in communities are investing in the workforce.”

The visit is planned to include a tour of the workforce center, which includes training for welders.

The event is open to the media, but there are no plans for Trump to take questions from reporters.

Lewis & Clark Community College President Dale Chapman said in a statement the college was pleased to be hosting the event with Trump and Davis.

“It’s evidence that L&C is a leader in workforce education, and we are honored to be recognized as such,” Chapman said.

In a statement, Davis said the federal government has been working to improve training opportunities around the country. The president also recently signed a bill aimed at reforming career and technical education.

He also called said Lewis & Clark has a “premier welding and technical education program.”

“We want to work with employers and community colleges to ensure we have a workforce prepared to fill the jobs being created by this new economy,” Davis said. “You don’t have to have a four-year degree to be successful in this country and for too long, we’ve overlooked technical education and the opportunities apprenticeships can provide. Ivanka’s visit to Lewis and Clark will not only be historic, but it shows that we are no longer ignoring these critical opportunities and instead, working to improve them on a national level.”

Trump also came to Granite City last month when the president visited Granite City Works steel mill to tout how the plant is in the process of bringing back 800 jobs after tariffs on foreign steel went into place.

This article provided by NewsEdge.