MARCH 15, 2006 - Posted at 3:45 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor is proposing a bill that would provide young veterans with job training in trucking and other fields where there's high demand for workers.
The bill would provide veterans payments for programs of less than two years that prepare students for fields that the Department of Labor has predicted will grow, such as transportation, construction, hospitality and financial services.
The senator said the trucking industry is a good example. The industry has a labor shortage that's expected to grow worse.
Pryor's bill, which is also backed by Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, would expand the scope of a program that provides up-front payments for tuition rather than monthly stipends.
The text of the bill doesn't spell out which educational programs would be added to that program.
But it sets criteria, including that the programs last less than two years and prepare students for fields in which the number of jobs is likely to increase.