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Investments needed in higher ed, job training to recover from pandemic, Oregon leaders say

Ben Cannon, executive director of the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, speaks on Monday, Dec. 6, about education needs in Oregon. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

PORTLAND - Oregon can’t recover jobs lost during the pandemic and meet the needs of industry without new investments in training the workforce, state leaders declared Monday.

Gov. Kate Brown and Ben Cannon, executive director of the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission, underscored that point in speeches to an annual gathering of business leaders and public officials.

“If we emerge from the pandemic with essentially the same higher education workforce systems that we had going in, we will continue to produce the same inequitable outcomes that so frustrate employers and educators and other Oregonians today,” Cannon said.

The two spoke at the Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit, which focuses . . .