CLASP staff and a representative from the Mississippi Community College Board met with U.S. Department of Education (ED) staff to discuss opportunities for ED to increase its engagement with the field about ATB.
Employer demand for skilled workers is rapidly increasing. This makes any form of postsecondary education—such as two- or four-year degrees, workforce training, short-term credentials, or apprenticeships—necessary to secure good jobs. However, many barriers block low-income people from postsecondary opportunities. That’s why CLASP advocates for federal policies that support postsecondary access and completion. We promote changes to the student aid and education delivery systems to remove many of these barriers. These include building quality career pathways and addressing students’ unmet financial need by making necessary reforms to Pell grants and technical education, promoting access to public benefits, and leveraging opportunities in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
The Pell grant program is a powerful tool to help low-income people access postsecondary education that leads to good jobs. This year, the program will help an estimated 7.1 million students attend school, reduce unmet financial need, and complete their degrees.