Community colleges can help play a role in the current work shortage solution for small businesses. But institutions need more of legislators to maximize their impact, as the witnesses explained during an audience of the house subcommittee on Thursday.

"" It is likely to be one of the most insuffed secrets in higher education and our connection with small businesses have never been more important, "said Anne Kress, Northern President of Virginia Community College.

According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 51 percent of small businesses in the United States currently have focused work openings. In September, 67 percent of small businesses tried to hire workers, but 92 percent said they had few or no candidate who were qualified for the positions they were trying to fill out, said a young Kim representative, a Republican of California.

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