'Skills gap' leaves firms without worker pipeline

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- States across the country are taking steps to address the so-called skills gap that has left many businesses without the pipeline of specially trained workers they need in a rapidly changing economy.

Some have provided free tuition to attend community college for in-demand industries. Others are building partnerships between educational institutions and businesses to make sure the skills students are learning are the ones companies are looking for.

Rhode Island Congressman James Langevin is pushing to expand federal funding for career and technical programs because experts say a "college for all" approach to education is leaving many students behind.