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Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Wednesday December 10, 2014
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Thousands of young people and adults who can’t afford college would benefit tremendously from expanded access to Pell grants under a small but critical provision included in the comprehensive 2015 spending bill that House and Senate negotiators approved yesterday. The partial restoration of the Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education Act extends Pell grant access to low-income students without a high school diploma or its equivalent if they are co-enrolled in an approved career pathways program. Jobs for the Future has been a leader in working toward restoring this provision....
Wednesday July 9, 2014
House Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
Today the House passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This is the same bill that was passed by the Senate in June, and was developed and agreed upon through a bipartisan and bicameral process. Jobs for the Future commends the House on the passage of this legislation, which provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the nation’s workforce development system.   The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes to the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and...
Wednesday June 25, 2014
Today the Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—by a vote of 95 to 3. Jobs for the Future applauds the Senate on passage of this legislation, which is expected for consideration by the House in the near future. The bill provides valuable updates and improvements to the law that authorizes the U.S. workforce development system. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) makes significant changes in the nation’s workforce development system, incorporating the latest evidence-based knowledge and strategies that are...
Tags: Career Pathways
Monday June 16, 2014
Mentor and student high-fiving.
The FY 2015 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee last week, includes a critical provision authored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray to reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for potentially thousands of low-income, out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma or GED who seek new skills and preparation for family-supporting careers. Jobs for the Future applauds Senator Murray, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin, and Ranking Member Jerry Moran for this partial restoration of the Ability to Benefit provision of the Higher Education...
Tags: Career Pathways, Dropout Recovery