The White House • September 10, 2019
|President Trump’s message to Historically Black Colleges and Universities|
For over 180 years, America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have made extraordinary contributions to our country, helping bring the American Dream to millions of African-American students and many others.
Today, President Donald J. Trump addressed the 2019 National HBCU Week Conference, where he pledged to keep building on his Administration’s work in support of these important institutions. “Together, we will ensure that HBCUs continue to thrive and prosper and flourish for the countless generations to come,” he said.
President Trump: We’re finally fighting for OUR forgotten communities!
The success of HBCUs was a priority for the Trump Administration from day one. Barely a month after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order to move the Federal HBCU initiative back into the White House. From there, he made sure that agencies across his Administration were developing plans to enhance their support for HBCUs.
President Trump also secured and signed legislation that added more than $100 million for scholarships, research, and centers of excellence at HBCU land grant institutions.
Lifting up forgotten communities across America is the single most important agenda item for President Trump. Last week’s jobs report, for example, revealed that the African-American unemployment rate is now at its lowest level ever recorded. And new economic census data, released today, shows that America’s poverty rate just hit its lowest level since 2001.
A bunch of policies helped make that happen: pro-growth tax cuts, regulatory reform, new trade deals, and so on. But one creative idea that doesn’t get enough attention is President Trump’s creation of “Opportunity Zones.” Part of the 2017 tax cuts law, Opportunity Zones drive capital investment into distressed communities across the country with tax incentives for long-term commitments. The result is a projected $100 billion in new investments across 9,000 such communities.
HBCUs have a crucial role to play in this revival of the American Dream. “You have shaped American leaders, trained American legends, pioneered American innovations, empowered American workers, built American communities, and you’ve made all of America very proud of you and the job you’ve done,” President Trump said today. “My administration is determined to fight for you.”
By the numbers: African-American unemployment rate hits new all-time low.
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Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump traveled to Alabama today to meet with students from the Robotics Tech Park, a state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility. While there, she announced that the apprenticeship program—part of Toyota’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME)—will be expanded across the country.
“The Administration is committed to ensuring inclusive growth and opportunity in our booming economy by creating pathways for all Americans, regardless of age or background,” Ms. Trump said. “I applaud the Toyota Motor Company and Manufacturing Institute for expanding the FAME program, which will build upon the economic successes we’ve had in the manufacturing industry.”
The Alabama “success story” under President Trump is remarkable, Ms. Trump tweeted. Since Election Day 2016, the state’s unemployment rate has reached an all-time low of 3.3 percent. In that time, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added, compared to 7,000 lost in 2016. “We’re just getting started,” she wrote.
Today’s visit comes as part of President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers, a nationwide effort to get private-sector companies to commit to better training and reskilling opportunities for our country’s great workforce.
In photos: Ivanka Trump visits Alabama.
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Publisher’s Note: This press release is a true and precise copy of the original and reprinted here with what I hope is the permission of the White House. If however it should turn out not to be. It’s such amazing news that I’ll go to prison smiling.
This is only my opinion but it is my learned opinion and the word of a scholar. I am also a Journalist and a Pastor so I cannot tell a lie nor do I tollerate liars /andor biased journalists even worse. I hold a sovereign office as a Special Inspector which is founded on my integrity.
I have no editor, no employer, or any other boss here but me. I have no vested interest in any person, place, or thing but my family and my country. I don’t get paid for it by any person, place, or thing. I am registered as a non-partisan voter and I know there in no future for socialism in the United States of America. Freedom has never been free and never will.
My views on yellow journalism are published and no less dim than those I have of anyone who advocates for infringing the Constitutional rights of any citizen. That goes double for violating or abolishing any individual American’s rights based upon the insane notions of liberal or socialist parties best described as a lunatic fringe group.
Americans should be very proud their president. Young men and women of college age or even older persons would benefit far more through obtaining sponsored apprenticeships where they can learn the skills of a Master Ironworker, plumber, electrician, machinist, operating engineer, or stone mason while earning a living at the same time. And with full benefits at that.
Now, more so than ever, it is more economically advisable for American’s of all colors and backgrounds to learn a skilled trade at work, than working like a dog and going in over their heads iunder massive debt in pursuing a college education. iIt is said that 85% of college degrees are basically worth the paper they’re written on.
You cannot throw a rock out of any window and not hit a pharmacy technician looking for work. There are way too few opportunities for any young person entering the job market for the first time but apprenticeships have been around for many centuries.
A welder can make over $100,000 a year easily and with their own welding truck that welder can make $100 an hour on the same job. A Journeyman Operating Engineer makes somewhere North of $125.00 dollars an hour after every 8 hours they work in a day. And they have a retirement plan waiting for them after 20 years of service.
I loved going to college I do not say that anyone should avoid it. I will say, however; if you do go to college make sure your degree is going to land you in a professional field that actually does have a demand. Truck drivers are always in shortage as older driver’s retire or move on to other pursuits, and the medical professions are alwys hiring student nurses.
Recruiters will say anything to sign up a new student because it’s what they get paid to do. Do your homework before you committ to a college or university degree program. You are going to be repaying your student loans for a very long time.
As for myself, I got my first structural iron job and 30 years later I took an ICC exam and along with the office of Special Inspector they gave me an equivelance degree in Civil Engineering because after only 5 days of studying I passed it.
In the 30 years before that I made and spent a tidy fortune by anyone’s standards and I never once had to look over my shoulder to make sure I was not being pursued.
I made a great many friends on jobsites all over the United States which I traveled almost every part of one way or another during those 30 years.
I worked alonside many tradesmensuch as the pipefitter’s whose apprentices are strongly advised to bring a 5 gallon bucket and a book to work every day. So they can sit on the bucket and read it while the pipe welder does his thing. It’s great work if you can get it. Millwrights, carpenters, operators, all trades have apprenticeships and union wages are worthy of the workman.
The number of advanced technical skills training and college education available in the U.S. Armed Services always makes enlistment a wise choice for anyone who is fresh out of high school and has zero job skills, experience or training. The vast majority of them have little or no opportunity.
From day one you start learning good life skills and building a respectable resume. Your first job is what will get you your next job after you discharge and dependeing on what you choose to do it can easily carry over into a dream job. If you choose wisely you could be flying passenger airliners for a major carrier one day. Or not, it’s up to the individual.
If someone doesn’t want to sign up for Force1 Recon or the Navy S.E.A.L.S. I am positive those ladies and gentlemen would love nothing more than to see you working safely in IT or wrenching on an Apache helicopter or jet engine. Or even flying one if you play your cards right and go to college.
Any American citizen with a clean record can also apply to a service academy such as West Point or Annapolis, just for instance, but all branches of the armed forces have an academy including the U.S. Coast Guard.
All of them are Honorable institutions for a dedicated collegian to with no hope for opportunity can pursue thier dreams pursue through achieving scholastic excellence in high scool. Which, by the by, is also free.
Or perhaps cooking for a shipload of hungry sailors is your cup of tea. I can vouch for the skill of the cooks in the Air Force. Whatever floats your boat. Talk to a recruiter and see what they can offer you that might spark your interest. You don’t have to sign anything if it doesn’t grab you. They are why it is still a free country where you can do that. No so in some other countries. Just saying.
Say whatever you will about the current administration but the proof is always in the pudding. It is abundantly clear to anyone but the deliberately obtuse or criminally insane that President Trump’s detractors, myself included, vastly underestimated both his genius, and his love for and dedication to America, and its people, and his iron -willed determination to make America a great nation again for all of us. If you say he has not, then you are lying to no one but yourself.
This is the most outstanding news in my book and I am very proud of our President. I have not had a reason to say that since the night Michelle Obama’s husband got elected.
Charles Ramos Jr.
Publisher, B.B. Wolfe Publishing