FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2016
VAN OSTERN DISCUSSES PLANS TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMEN, STRENGTHEN WORKFORCE AT GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Today, Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor, visited Great Bay Community College, where he discussed his plan to grow opportunities for New Hampshire women and get more women involved in the sciences, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) training programs and industries, which is critical to strengthening New Hampshire’s workforce.
“In order for New Hampshire’s economy to take the next step forward, our next Governor is going to have to make it a top state priority to strengthen our workforce and prioritize job and skills training in growing industries like manufacturing, information technology, computer science and medical services that have a demand for workers in good paying jobs,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic nominee for Governor. “Too often women and girls are underrepresented in the sciences, technology, engineering,and math (STEM) industries and as Governor I’ll work to expand opportunity for New Hampshire women so any woman or girl in our state can get the skills needed for good paying jobs.”
Last January, the Governor’s Task Force on Science, Engineering, and Math recommended the establishment of an advisory council to coordinate statewide work to promote girls in STEM, and the overall STEM task force was extended by Executive Order. As Governor, Colin will work to expand upon this initiative by commissioning an advisory council that will coordinate public and private STEAM educational and workforce programs to promote mentorship for young girls at our public schools.
Colin also will work to increase New Hampshire’s lowest in the nation minimum wage, which disproportionately hurts working women. New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage and largest gender pay gap in New England, and falls below the national average at $0.76 cents for every $1 men earn. Meanwhile, 65 percent of all workers that earn the minimum wage are women. As Governor, Colin will fight to restore New Hampshire’s minimum wage law and raise the wage to ensure that no-one works full-time and lives in poverty.