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Preparing America's 21st century workforce to keep pace and stay competitive is an issue that not only calls for national attention, it also demands gubernatorial leadership. Ensuring our states' and citizens' future economic security will require significant improvements to our education system and workforce training programs. It also will require closer relationships among our high schools, colleges, workforce training providers and employers. That's why I've chosen to focus my 2013- 2014 National Governors Association Chair's Initiative on America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow's Jobs.

Governors are uniquely positioned to foster stronger connections between education and the workforce because within states, they are the sole individual who has responsibility for both public education and economic development. States and the businesses that drive state economies can help secure their own economic future by aligning education institutions and workforce training efforts with the projected demands of tomorrow's labor market.

Beyond the benefits to the businesses that make up the states' economies, these changes will improve access to economic opportunities for the citizens of each state. We know it will be the workers with education and training in fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other skilled trades who will be best prepared to capture the high-wage jobs of the next decade, including those in health care, management, scientific and technical consulting, business services and advanced manufacturing. Those are the jobs that will support families and help states' economies thrive. Together, we can work to prepare our workforce for the 21st century, securing the economic future of all Americans.