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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING on the JOBS Act: “A significant step towards making education and training more affordable”

Community colleges and local workforce advocacy groups are praising Representative Anthony Gonzalez’s bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation that expands Pell Grant eligibility to qualifying short-term training programs to help more Americans gain access to industry recognized credentials.

Stark State College: “Stark State College strongly supports the House of Representatives’ bill… As a community college president, I meet with businesses and industry leaders regularly to ensure our students are prepared for the workforce needs of today and tomorrow, and I believe this legislation directly aligns with the needs of employers and students… Without access to Pell Grant dollars to fund students interested in these programs, the number of students in the talent pipeline is dwindling, while employer demand is growing.” (Dr. Para Jones, President of Stark State College)

Cuyahoga Community College: “We are supportive of the JOBS Act as it expands Pell Grants to be available to low income students pursuing short term training programs. We applaud this move to invest in all students.” (Cuyahoga Community College President, Dr. Alex Johnson)

Ohio Workforce Coalition: “The JOBS Act is a significant step towards making education and training more affordable and accessible to millions of workers – particularly workers of color, women, and workers with a high school degree or less, who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis. These workers deserve access to high-quality, short-term training programs that would empower them with the credentials they need to quickly get back to work. We applaud Rep. Gonzalez for his leadership in re-introducing this legislation at such a critical time and we look forward to working with him to advance it through Congress.” (Rebecca Kusner, Director, Ohio Workforce Coalition)

Greater Akron Chamber: “No matter the size or industry of a business, a lack of access to skilled talent limits growth and the broader economic vitality of the region. We continue to see the level of digital skills required increase for all jobs, but attainment of those skills in Greater Akron has not kept pace. We need to emphasize mid-tech and digital skills training opportunities as top priorities. Passing the JOBS Act is crucial to providing resources to help close the existing skills gap and better connect the region’s workers to in-demand jobs.” (Steve Millard President and CEO of Greater Akron Chamber)

The JOBS Act is endorsed by the National Skills Coalition (NSC), the Association of Community Colleges and Trustees (ACCT), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), IBM, Opportunity America, Jobs for the Future, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Advance CTE, Business Roundtable Table (BRT), and Young Invincibles. Last Congress, the JOBS Act was supported by 75 bipartisan co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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