FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ayobami Olugbemiga, Press Secretary
May 22, 2019
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tina Smith (D-MN), along with U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today introduced the Community College to Career Fund in Higher Education Act (CC2C). This legislation, which Duckworth has previously introduced, would establish competitive grants to support partnerships between community and technical colleges and businesses that train students for careers in high-demand fields, such as advanced manufacturing, health care, and information technology.
A recent poll conducted by ALG Research on behalf of National Skills Coalition shows that 92 percent of Americans across political parties support more partnerships between community colleges and businesses.
“Many community colleges already partner with businesses to expand high-quality training opportunities for students, but targeted federal funding for these partnerships has been lacking since the expiration of the Trade Adjustment Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program in FY 2014,” said Katie Brown, senior federal policy analyst at National Skills Coalition. “This legislation would support and scale the efforts of industry partnerships so that more students and employers can succeed in today's economy.”
The reintroduction of this legislation is part of a recent Congressional effort to reauthorize and modernize the Higher Education Act (HEA). In the past two months, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced three other bills to make the higher education system more responsive to the needs of students and employers – Jumpstarting our Businesses to Support Students (JOBS) Act, College Transparency Act (CTA), and Gateway to Careers Act.
“These are the kinds of meaningful policy solutions lawmakers should adopt to modernize the Higher Education Act,” said Brown. “Together, they expand opportunities for families; give students the support they need to complete their education programs; provide employers with a diverse pipeline of skilled workers, and improve access, affordability, and quality of postsecondary programs across all lengths and disciplines.”
For more information contact Ayobami Olugbemiga, press secretary, at AyobamiO@nationalskillscoalition.org