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Hill Briefing: Making the case for short-term Pell: Perspectives from Community College and Business Leaders

The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus in Conjunction with the National Skills Coalition (NSC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) invites you to a timely briefing entitled:

Making the case for short-term Pell: Perspectives from Community College and Business Leaders

Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385
Thursday, April 4th, 2:00-3:00 PM EST
RSVP to Katieb@nationalskillscoalition.org

 

Today, approximately 80 percent of all jobs require some form of postsecondary education or training—including the more than 50 percent of jobs that are “middle-skill” requiring more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree.

Despite this demand for skills, most federal financial aid made available to postsecondary students through the Higher Education Act (HEA) is reserved for programs that are at least 600 clock hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks. This policy is at odds with the realities of today’s postsecondary education landscape, where many students, including workers looking to increase their skills, seek to enroll in sub-degree programs—such as those related to pipefitting, manufacturing and the electrical trades—that can lead to industry-recognized credentials.

To address this inequity, Senators Kaine (D-VA) and Portman (R-OH), Co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus introduced the Jumpstarting our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (S.839)—which would extend Pell grant eligibility to students enrolling in high-quality, short-term programs that are at least 150 clock hours over 8 weeks. Hear from community college and business leaders about how this legislation would help students and employers succeed in today’s economy.

Invited panelists include:

  • Earl Bailey, National Education Partnerships Manager, Snap-on, Inc., OK | Earl Bailey serves as the National Education Partnerships Manager for Snap-on Industrial and is responsible for the development and implementation of Snap-on’s certification programs. The Snap-on education partnership program is strategically engaged at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, and industry. Sectors of engagement include transportation, aerospace, energy, and manufacturing.

  • Mark Lenz, President, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville, TN | Mark Lenz serves as the President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville, a higher education institution within the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The College serves over 1,400 students annually who are in pursuit of technical credentials that will enable them to advance in the workforce and in their careers.

  • Cheryl Roberts, President, Shoreline Community College, WA| Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D., serves as the President of Shoreline Community College, a position she has held since 2014. On Seattle’s doorstep, Shoreline is recognized for its close relationship with the University of Washington and groundbreaking professional/technical programs such as health science, automotive, clean energy, biotech and music technology.

  • John Sampson, President and CEO, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, IN | John leads the Regional Partnership’s mission to generate business investment in the region. As president and CEO of the Partnership, John actively supports collaborative relations with stakeholders, promotes regional communications, and works to expand all channels of business development on behalf of the 11 local economic development organizations in Northeast Indiana.

  • Jennifer Stiddard, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Washington, DC | Jennifer Stiddard serves as director of government relations at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).  At ACCT, Jennifer helps spearhead advocacy efforts to give community college governing boards a greater voice on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.