Baker's Job Development Plan for Mass.

Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, joined NECN to outline his economic vision for the Commonwealth.

Charlie Baker, the Republican Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, joined NECN to outline his economic vision for the Commonwealth.

Baker began by saying that there are some parts of the Bay State that are doing exceptionally well; however, some areas have room for economic improvements. For example, Baker says the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts has between 500 to 1000 open jobs for skilled workers.

"I think one of the things we should do more of is build on some of the really strong vocational tech and community college programs we have and expand them," Baker said. "We have some really interesting things going on in what I call skilled workforce opportunities. That hasn't been a big topic of discussion for quite a while here in Massachusetts, but the opportunities for people are real."

Baker continued by saying he would encourage state colleges to use Northeastern's co-op program as a model to better their programs. Baker also mentioned that he supports more online course opportunities so that people can plan their schooling around their work schedules instead of the other way around.

"Many private schools have come up with three year degree programs which basically reduce the cost of a college education by 25 percent. I think the public institutions should do that, too," Baker added.

In addition, Baker explained where he stands on the topics of charter schools and healthcare.

Baker is running against Democratic candidate Martha Coakley. Election Day is Nov. 4.  

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