While safeguarding wage growth and increased employment opportunities in the private sector are key, Marcus Hiles notes that political efforts also must pursue educational opportunities seeking to empower students. The Programme for International Student Assessment ranked U.S. school children in the middle of the international pack for math and science, as Pew Research Center reporting placed them 36th and 28th out of 65 countries total. While politicians have been discussing the results and demanding better educational opportunities for decades, new policies need to encourage more students to study math and science, ultimately, at the college level; The U.S. Department of Education believes that, “only 16 percent of high school students are interested in a [science, technology, engineering or math] career and have proven a proficiency in mathematics. Despite the changes in learning standards and curriculum needing to be instituted as early as grades K-6, older teenagers finishing high school require better options for acquiring trade skills that equip them for jobs in the construction and health care fields. Many expect that this presidential administration follows through on promises to offer a bigger role for community colleges in the market, with commercial real estate and house building industry career training readily available to students working toward work in construction and infrastructure improvement.

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