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VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR REINVENTING GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES SEVEN CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS NETWORKWashington, D.C. -Vice President Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government today announced seven charter members of a new initiative to advance education, skills, training and lifelong learning for adult learners through the formation of a 21st Century Skills Community Network.
"America's competitiveness and prosperity will increasingly depend upon high-skill, high-wage jobs," the Vice President said. "We must work together so Americans can continue learning throughout their lives and get the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century."
The seven network members, along with 13 performance partners and federal representatives across multiple agencies, will share best practices and use an interactive web site, http://www.skillsnetwork.gov, as an electronic conference center to discuss effective strategies. The web site is open to the public and will carry announcements when additional communities may apply as network members.
The seven charter members of the network are:
The core goals of the 21st Century Skills Community Network are to:
The U. S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the U. S. Department of Labor, Division of One Stop Operations, and other federal agencies will work closely with the new skills network.