On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that sets funding levels for key education and training programs.
There is good news in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal for millions of lower-skilled and low-income Americans who need postsecondary credentials to compete in the job market and support their families.
CLASP has long argued that low-income adults and youth require targeted assistance to ensure that all have the opportunity to share in our nation’s recovery, and we are pleased that the American Jobs Act includes many of the provisions for which we have advocated. In particular, the $5 billion Pathways Back to Work Fund includes three elements that would create work and learning opportunities for thousands of disadvantaged individuals across the country.
Federal investments in workforce development help low-income adults and youth find jobs, improve their earnings, and contribute to their communities. This fact sheet breaks down the body of research that supports this.
The postsecondary education system lacks a standardized method of determining the worth of occupational education and training that takes place outside or on the margins of postsecondary institutions. However, given the growing importance of postsecondary credentials to economic success, this disconnect of high-quality, noncredit education and training from education that can be counted toward a degree suggests a gaping hole in education policy and in employment and training policy.
Since career pathways initiatives intentionally bring together programming and services from a variety of state systems, states must often "braid" together federal funding sources to develop and sustain these efforts. To help states navigate the federal funding landscape, CLASP's Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success has released a new revised edition of Funding Career Pathways and Career Pathway Bridges: A Federal Policy Toolkit for States. This webinar explains how the toolkit can help your interagency state team "braid" together federal funds to create a customized career pathway funding strategy.
This fact sheet was submitted to the White House Community College Summit discussion. It explains how states and institutions can help low-income access community college and obtain useful credentials.
Postsecondary education and credentials are key to economic mobility for individuals and economic competitiveness for our nation. Yet too many low-income adults and disadvantaged youth are locked out of the opportunity to earn credentials and are falling further and further behind. This webinar discusses CLASP's policy priorities for helping these low-income adults and disadvantaged youth obtain postsecondary credentials and achieve economic mobility.