Duckworth, Durbin, Feinstein, Van Hollen, Shaheen, Smith and Kelly Reintroduce Legislation To Train Students For High-Skill Jobs

Inside Higher Ed: Wealth's Influence on Enrollment and Completion

By Paul Fain

Inside Higher Ed: Connecting Federal Work-Study to Careers

By Andrew Kreighbaum

NBC News: Need a college degree to get a job? These companies say skills matter more

By Lawrence Lanahan

Cassidy, colleagues introduce legislation to improve innovation in higher education

By the Minden Press-Herald

Strengthening career pathways for working students: Gateway to Careers Act will help students overcome barriers to postsecondary education

EvoLLLution: Making Financial Aid Work for Working Adults, Businesses, and US Economy

Op-ed by Katie Brown, senior federal policy analyst at National Skills Coalition

Change: The Last Course

By David Paris

Medium: When Washington misses what some working Americans want from college

Op-ed by Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition

Inside Higher Ed: JPMorgan's Big-Dollar Bet on Community Colleges

By Paul Fain

Augusta Free Press: Kaine, Portman introduce bipartisan jobs act

CNBC: The JOBS Act would offer some workers more than $3,000 to learn new skills—here’s how it works

By Kerri Anne Renzulli

The Hill: It's time for Trump to walk the walk on workforce training

Op-ed by Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition

NYT: A Jobs Bill That Helps Train Workers

By Senators Tim Kaine and Rob Portman

SHRM: Workforce Skills Programs Need More Funding, Policy Reforms

By Roy Maurer

The Hill: Why the state of skills training should be a big part of the State of the Union

Op-ed by Andy Van Kleunen, CEO of National Skills Coalition

$100 Increase in Maximum Pell Grant

Feds Say Marketplace Will Expose Bad Colleges, But States Find It’s Not So Easy

House Democrats introduce HEA legislation that would extend Pell grants to short-term programs and increase data transparency

Kermit Kaleba on the Skilled Worker Shortage

Community college leaders from 10 states endorse fundamentals of NSC’s Community College Compact in letters to Senate HELP Committee

Let’s Heed Oprah’s Call and Tell the Worker Graduate’s Untold Story

Indiana students visit NSC, ask their reps to #MakePellWork

Why your skills matter as much as your degree, and why that's good for you and employers

Making the Case for Pell

Another Higher Ed Bill Stalled in Congress

Gov. of Iowa calls for expansion of Pell grants to short term certificates

Governor calls for awarding Pell Grants for short-term certificate programs

Rethinking college

Trump Takes Another Swipe at Community Colleges

Expanding grants to short-term programs would pay big dividends.

White House budget promotes some workforce priorities, but includes drastic cuts to key programs

Senators Hassan, Kaine, Shaheen & Reed introduce the Gateway to Careers Act

PROSPER Act moves forward in the House

Loan Limits, Regulatory Rollback in New Higher Education Bill

NSC Calls for Postsecondary “Career Pathways Support Fund” in New Paper

Support Grows for Major Shift in Pell

House and Senate Democrats introduce legislation to expand access to Pell Grants

U.S. Department of Labor announces America’s Promise Grants

Sector Partnerships and Microcredentials Critical to Reducing Unemployment

House anti-poverty task force releases agenda, calls for increased work requirements, reduced federal role

Editorial: States explore expanding aid for community college students

Article in The Herald Dispatch cites NSC report on middle-skills in West Virginia and Ohio.

Outdated Pell rules may discriminate against low-income students

Business and community colleges united for job-driven training

It's the first-ever Apprenticeship Week!

New Department of Education pilot program would extend eligibility for federal student aid to students in short-term training programs

New survey of immigrant youth affirms importance of access to education & workforce opportunities

The nonprofit United We Dream recently released a survey of nearly 2,000 young immigrants who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

More Than Grants: The Role of the Federal Government in Higher Ed Reform's Interview with Federal Policy Director Kermit Kaleba on Higher Ed Refom

Kaine introduces JOBS Act to expand Pell grants for workforce training programs

NSC federal policy director Kermit Kaleba quoted in support of the JOBS Act in press release from the office of Senator Tim Kaine.

NSC summer tour: Workforce innovation across the United States

National Skills Coalition has taken to the road this summer. Our staff got to see firsthand how the issue areas we have been working on are progressing in different states, and to meet people who have been tirelessly engaging in these efforts.

Workforce education and the value of partnerships: A Q&A with Darlene Miller

Darlene Miller, executive director of the National Council for Workforce Education, spoke with NSC about strategies for providing the link between policy and workforce education and economic development.

New NSC issue brief on making Pell Grants more job-driven

Making Pell Work: How America’s $30 Billion Investment in Need-Based College Aid Can Be More Job-Driven examines the role career-oriented programs have come to play in postsecondary education and the U.S. economy.

Legislation to enact America’s College Promise introduced in House, Senate

Today, members of the House and Senate introduced the America’s College Promise Act, legislation to enact President Obama’s proposal to make up to two years of community college tuition-free for up to 9 million qualifying students.

Sens. Baldwin, Booker and Rep. Scott Introduce America’s College Promise Act to Make Higher Education More Accessible and Affordable

NSC listed as an organizational endorser of the America's College Promise Act, which aims to make two years of community college free and provide an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree.

Department of Education releases Ability-to-Benefit guidance

The Department of Education recently issued guidance regarding implementation of the new Ability-to-Benefit provision of Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

Community college task force emphasizes job creation

NSC board member and vice chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development at the California Community Colleges Van Ton-Quinlivan quoted in Desert Sun article on California's growing demand for more middle-skill workers.

Senate considers postsecondary data

Sen. Lamar Alexander, Republican chairman of the Senate education and labor committee, released three concept papers on aspects of Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization, calling for more usable data to help students and families select colleges.

BLU employer profile: Mike Kenig

Business Leaders United Director Scott Ellsworth had the opportunity to speak with Mike Kenig on the importance pf developing a more robust workforce system in Georgia.

Washington Update: Budget Edition

Check out this month’s Washington Update for an in-depth analysis of key workforce and education funding requests in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget request and details on new guidance from DOL on WIOA implementation.

New report flags opportunity to act collectively on skills

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education highlights the opportunity created by three coinciding developments in the adult education and workforce fields.

Report on 2015 NSC Skills Summit

From February 8-10th, 200 individuals representing business, labor, community based organizations, community colleges, and the public workforce system traveled to DC from 30 states to take part in NSC’s thirteenth annual Skills Summit.

High-School Equivalency Degree Loses its Dominant Position

CEO Andy Van Kleunen explains in the Wall Street Journal that rather than focusing on standalone tests, a better approach to helping people get jobs is to combine training in basic skills with vocational programs.

President Obama’s 2016 Budget Invests in Skills

On February 2, President Obama unveiled his FY 2016 budget request, outlining the Administration’s spending priorities for federal programs. The budget proposes new investments in education and training, and enhanced support for existing programs.

NSC Responds to State of the Union Education & Training Proposals

Building on proposals announced on January 9, President Obama promoted new initiatives to increase access to middle-skill credentials in his State of the Union address. Andy Van Kleunen issued the following statement in response to tonight’s speech.

President Proposes Two Years Free Community College, Technical Training Fund

President Obama today announced two major proposals intended to increase access to high-quality skills training, including an initiative to make two years of community college education free for up to 9 million qualifying students.

Leadership Spotlight: Brenda Dann-Messier

New NSC board member and former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier shares recommendations for keeping workforce development in the national spotlight and the importance of building partnerships and alliances.

113th Congress Comes to a Close

On December 16, the Senate adjourned for the year, marking the end of the 113th Congress. The past two years has been a period of major progress and sizable challenges for the workforce development field. Read NSC's write-up of the Congressional session.

Analysis: What the 2014 Elections Mean for Skills

Associate Director Rachel Unruh on how the recent election results are likely to impact workforce development at both the state and federal level.

U.S. Schools Get Low Marks from Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen tells the Wall Street Journal that the business community should play a stronger role in setting standards and creating opportunities in the U.S. education system.

House and Senate release HEA proposals

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate HELP Committee recently released documents outlining their principles for reforming the Higher Education Act, legislation authorizing most federal student aid programs.

Ryan budget passes House.

The Ryan budget would sink investments in non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs to historic lows.

House budget cuts education & job training.

Paul Ryan released his FY 2015 budget resolution imposing new time limits and work requirements on recipients of federal means-tested benefits, while at the same time proposing billions of dollars in cuts to federal education and workforce programs.

Rule ties debt-to-earnings ratio to student aid.

The proposed rule released today by the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) sets two types of metrics to determine the eligibility of career-oriented postsecondary programs for federal student aid: ratio of debt-to-earnings and cohort default rate.

President unveils FY 2015 budget.

President Obama focuses on job-driven training strategies in his fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal to train America’s workforce with the skills that match the jobs employers need to fill.

Landrieu’s JOBS Act would improve Pell.

Last week, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced legislation to expand Pell eligibility for students enrolled in short-term job training programs. National Skills Coalition strongly supports Sen. Landrieu’s efforts to increase workers’ access to critica

NSC submits higher ed recommendations.

Last week, National Skills Coalition submitted a list of recommendations for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) to the House Committee on Education & the Workforce.

NSC Keynote: Pell needs 21st century reboot.

NSC Executive Director Andy Van Kleunen gave the keynote speech at a meeting of The Rethinking Pell Grants Study Group in DC.

Senate Appropriations marks up Labor-H.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 16-14 the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

House and Senate pass differing 2014 budgets.

The House and Senate both passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 continuing resolution (CR), legislation to fund the government for the remaining 6 months of the fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown.

The Ryan Budget: A Self-Referential Approach to Pell

Associate Director Rachel Unruh argues that Rep. Paul Ryan's Pell grant proposal is out of step with the experience of most college students and will leave college education out of reach for many hard working people.

Harkin offers Labor-H funding amendment to CR.

Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee chairman Senator Harkin offered a Labor-H Appropriations bill that would set explicit funding levels for the remainder of the fiscal year.

House budget proposal includes workforce cuts.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan introduced his FY 2014 budget resolution.

The Basic Skills Crisis: A Barrier to Answering the President’s Postsecondary Call to Action

Associate Director Rachel Unruh calls on President Obama to put meaningful workforce development and adult basic education investments and policy on the table, andto back them up with political will.

Senators urge skills funding in FY 2013 budget.

Several senators sent a joint letter to the Office of Management and Budget, urging the Administration to ensure that the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request includes adequate investments in Pell Grants and job training and adult education programs.

President outlines college affordability plan.

On January 27, President Obama visited the University of Michigan to announce a set of proposals to address the rising costs of postsecondary education in order to meet a national goal of having the highest share of college graduates in the world.

Advocates help restore Illinois’ MAP funding.

On December 2, Illinois advocates, led by Women Employed, scored a huge victory for low-income students, fighting for and winning the reinstatement of $33.5 million back into the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) for the current academic year.