LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is in Lafayette to continue his Next Level campaign.
The Next Level campaign emphasizes Holcomb's five pillars of priority. Maintaining highways, developing a diverse economy, attacking the opioid epidemic and keeping a balanced budget are four of the pillars. But Holcomb says the fifth one is the keystone to all the rest: developing a skilled workforce.
He said all manufacturing jobs will soon require some kind of advanced training. In order for future employees to be prepared, training begins as early as possible.
"More computer science curriculum. More STEM subjects being not just taught, but followed up on. We gotta improve our proficiency in those areas," Holcomb said.
IvyTech Lafayette Chancellor David Bathe said the challenge is getting kids excited about high-tech jobs.
"You already have many of these skills. You work on a computer every day. It's called your telephone. I think that's a way of stimulating them and helping them see there is a path within technology in particular," Bathe said.
Students from Cumberland and Happy Hollow Elementary also met with the governor, The students asked Holcomb to help to make the firefly the state insect. Holcomb said he's on board and hopes to make it happen in 2018.