Bipartisan Efforts Underway in D.C. on Workforce Development Policy

Washington is responding to calls from manufacturers for help in developing a skilled workforce. One of the few bipartisan bills signed into law by President Trump increased spending on job training programs—an effort strongly supported by PMA.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently stated his intent to renew the Higher Education Act (HEA) during this congressional term. Congress has not fully reauthorized HEA since 2008, making only minor changes when it extended the law in 2013. PMA is working with policymakers to expand HEA to treat credentials equally with two- and four-year degrees and allow Pell Grants for short-term skills training. Intending a bipartisan process, Alexander highlighted additional priorities for HEA renewal, including other provisions strongly supported by PMA such as a new accountability system measuring colleges’ employment, graduation, and loan-repayment rates. 


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