A bipartisan idea whose time has come: making Pell grants available to low-wage workers who cannot pursue a full-time college degree, but who would welcome the chance to enroll in short-term community college programs. NSC's Andy Van Kleunen is a contributor in U.S. News and World Report today with this piece on how rethinking Pell would be good for workers, business, and our economy.
"Rather than imposing work requirements on people with few financial resources – and putting them at risk of losing food, health care, and housing which make training more possible – federal and state policymakers should focus on strengthening workers’ access to education and training aligned with the needs of local and regional employers."
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"While America will never again see mills like those that dotted the river valleys of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia 50 years ago, President Trump now has a chance to help stabilize a reeling steel industry and revive some of the employment it once offered."
"Workers deserve (and industry needs) a training pipeline to such a career that is adaptable, flexible, and well-resourced."
Read more from NSC CEO Andy Van Kleunen and NSC Board Chair and President of Alliance for American Manufacturing, Scott Paul, on this Medium piece.
"Work-force-oriented groups and experts generally applauded the proposal. However, some worried about the bill’s lack of an attempt to ensure that short-term credentials have value in the job market.
For example, the bill does not include the terms “stackable” or “career pathway,” said Kermit Kaleba, federal policy director for the National Skills Coalition. “The fact that those terms show up nowhere is disappointing,” he said."
Read more in this Inside Higher Ed article.
These recommendations would build expand access to high-quality, skills-based training models for SNAP recipients seeking to get and keep well-paying jobs.
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