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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, February 12, 1996 Volume 32--Number 6 Pages 159-236 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Democratic Governors' Association dinner--195 Louisiana economic development brunch--221 National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities--206 National Governors' Association Conference--199 Dinner--187 Roundtable discussion--188 New Hampshire Community in Salem--165 Departure from Manchester--186 Roundtable discussion in Merrimack--179 Roundtable discussion in Nashua--159 St. Cecilia's in Manchester--175 President Rene Preval of Haiti, telephone conversation--213 Radio address--173 Virginia, roundtable discussion on the V-chip in Alexandria--220 Bill Signings Temporary debt extension legislation, statement--220 Telecommunications Act of 1996 Remarks--215 Statement--218 Communications to Congress China, messages on trade--206 Comprehensive Trade and Development Policy for Africa, letter--194 Communications to Congress--Continued Iraq, message--230 Japanese whaling activities, message--233 Middle East peace process, message on organizations which threaten to disrupt--228 Poland-U.S. fisheries agreement extension, message transmitting--233 Communications to Federal Agencies Benefits for military personnel subject to involuntary separation, memorandum--228 Executive Orders Civil Justice Reform--189 Proclamations 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution--214 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Circuit Court decision on replacement workers--165 Death of Donald A. 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[[Page 159]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 159-165] Monday, February 12, 1996 Volume 32--Number 6 Pages 159-236 Week Ending Friday, February 9, 1996 Remarks in a Roundtable Discussion on the School-to-Work Program in Nashua, New Hampshire February 2, 1996 [Marie Devlin, director, Southern New Hampshire School-to-Careers Partnership, opened the roundtable by describing the nature of the coalition.] The President. I just have a few brief remarks I'd like to make. First of all, let me thank all of the people at Sanders for making us feel welcome today and for the good work that they do for our country, and I congratulate them on all of the many things they do, as well as their participation in this program. As Marie said, I have been interested in this whole concept of how we move young people from school to work for years and years, going way back before I ever even thought about running for President. Many years ago, my wife actually served on a commission that was funded by the Grant Foundation in New York to look at the movement of young Americans from school into the workplace, and particularly those who did not go on to and finish 4-year colleges. This group found that our country was really the only advanced economy in the world that didn't have a systematic cooperation between the education system and the workplaces of our country to move young people into the workplace in a seamless way that continued their training and guaranteed that they had a much better chance to get a good job with a growing prospect of success, both in terms of pay and promotion and stability of work. This was about 10 years ago. So for about 10 years I have been really concerned about this, and when I became President, I asked the Congress to pass this law--and it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support--to provide funding for a few years to give every State the chance not to set up a program but to set up a partnership, a network that would build systematic linkages between workplaces and schools and colleges and community colleges and other training systems so that every young person in our country who finishes high school would be able to go into some line of work which would also carry with it future education and training. I think it's going to make a big difference. I was very alarmed--I think every American is--by the dramatic divergence in the earnings capacity of young Americans based on the level of education they have, and it happened because we simply did not have a system, particularly for taking care of the young people who didn't go on to the 4-year colleges and into the degree programs. And that's what the School-to-Work program is designed to do, to kind of let people like all of you form partnerships to fill that big vacuum. And I hope we can keep the funding up, but we never intended to fund it forever, but I hope we can keep the funding up long enough to get every State in the country to have the kind of network New Hampshire does. I can say this--in only a year and a half, we now have about 42,000 employers and 116,000 young people participating in this program nationwide, and more will come quickly. So I congratulate you on what you've done in New Hampshire, and I'd like to spend the rest of my time just hearing from all of you about how this actually works for you and how you relate to it. [At this point, Ms. Devlin introduced two students who described their experience in a Sanders Lockheed program called Women in Technology, which allows young women to meet women engineers and to see the types of opportunities available in the engineering field. Ms. Devlin then introduced a student intern at Parkland Medical Center and a student intern at the Salem Police Station, who described their experiences.] [[Page 160]] The President. It's different from television, huh? Q. Yes. And my mentor, Eric Lamm's here---- The President. Where is he? Stand up there, Mr. Lamm. Thank you. Q. I just want to thank Salem Police Station a lot for opening the doors and having the opportunity for me to go in and experience what a lot of other kids don't get to experience. The President. And did it change your view of law enforcement then? Q. I always wanted to do it since I was a little kid, so I just wanted--I wanted to go in there and see if this is what I really wanted to do. So yes and no. It didn't, but it did. [Ms. Devlin introduced a student who described his experience at Brooks Automation where he served as a mechanical assembler.] The President. That's terrific. [Ms. Devlin introduced the father of a student intern who described both the opportunities and the real work experience the program had given to his son and thanked Brooks Automation and Nelson Shaw for the opportunity.] The President. Are they here? Q. Nelson is here. The President. Who's here? Stand up. Thank you very much, sir. [Ms. Devlin introduced the participant from an electric company who described his company's experience with taking student interns and how much he had come to depend on his current intern, Jeremy deGagli.] The President. Is he here? Ms. Devlin. Jeremy, could you stand up, please? This is Jeremy deGagli. The President. Good for you. Mr. deGagli. Thank you. The President. That's great. Thank you for doing it. [Ms. Devlin introduced a participant from Sanders Lockheed who described her experience as a mentor to several of the young women participating in the program.] The President. Diana implied that a lot of the benefit was just for young women to see if there were careers that there are actually women involved in and succeeding in that they might not have even imagined beforehand. Do you find that? [The mentor explained that there are few women in the engineering field, and expressed her hope that the school-to-work program may encourage more women to become engineers.] The President. Let me ask you one other question. This is just related to that. Can you be a little more specific in telling me what the educational benefits are of working here and how you can continue your education, what the company does? [The mentor explained that Sanders Lockheed fully reimburses tuition for higher education.] The President. The reason I asked you that is one of the issues we are now debating in the context of the balanced budget amendment and what any tax cut should look like and whether there should be one is-- I've been urging the Congress to focus on things that will generate higher incomes and greater stability among working people and reward companies for really investing in their people. The old deduction that companies got for paying for their employees' tuition I think is about to expire, plus which it had certain limits in it. One of the things that I've been urging them to look at is whether or not we ought to have a more generous tax break, both not only to companies but to employees. There's a general rule in the Tax Code that anything that's deductible to a company is taxable to an employee over and above a certain amount. And it seems to me that we have a huge interest in the United States in seeing that people who are already in the work force continue their education and that the tax system ought never to penalize that, I mean within reasonable bounds. Anyway that's what we're--one of the things we're looking at as we try to put this whole budget agreement together. I don't think there's a big partisan difference on it. It's not like we're fighting about it; we're more trying to figure out what the right thing to do is and what the best way to encourage [[Page 161]] employers and employees to take whatever opportunities the employer can possibly afford in terms of time off and the costs of education to go forward. That's why I ask you about it. It's a big issue, folks. The head of United Technologies gave a speech the other day in which he said he thought that the most urgent economic issue in the country
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