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 Congressional Sign-On Letter Supports Community College to Career Fund 

3/13/2012

Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) today circulated a request to his colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign a letter to Reps. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Labor, HHS and Education appropriations subcommittee, respectively, asking that a total of $8 billion be appropriated for the Community College to Career Fund. 

The Fund, originally proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union speech and subsequently in the administration’s FY 2013 budget request, would support community college partnerships to train workers for high-skill jobs, reward effective training strategies, help states and localities attract jobs back to America, and establish online educational courses for entrepreneurs.

Rep. Israel’s Dear Colleague letter, as well as the sign-on letter to the appropriations subcommittee, are below.  AACC members are encouraged to urge their congressional representatives to sign the letter.

AACC Contact
James Hermes, Director of Government Relations
e-mail jhermes@aacc.nche.edu


Support a Community College to Career Fund in FY13 Appropriations

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending the letter below to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro in support of full programmatic funding at $4 billion each for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor for a Community College to Career Fund.

Anyone with a community college in their district knows the great work done at these institutions. We also know that many of our local industries--for example, health IT or advanced manufacturing--are in need of quality workers who are trained and ready for a challenging career. Community colleges are uniquely able to educate and train these workers because they intimately know their communities and can be flexible to offer short- and long-term certification and degree programs targeted to the needs of local industry. The result? A workforce that is prepared for the industries most ripe for growth in our communities.

In challenging economic times we need to cut where we can and invest where we must--and I hope you will join me in investing in our local community colleges and industries. To sign on to the letter, please contact Colleen Nguyen in my office at colleen.nguyen@mail.house.gov or 5-3335.

Sincerely,

Steve Israel
Member of Congress



March 20, 2012

The Honorable Denny Rehberg                       
Chairman                                                             
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education         
2358 Rayburn House Office Building              
Washington, DC  20515                                     
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We respectfully request that you include $4 billion each for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor for the Community College to Career Fund in the fiscal year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Partnerships between community colleges and local industry are key to keeping our economy strong. Both sets of institutions have the capacity to know exactly what skills local businesses need and the resources the community has to fulfill those needs. Further, the breadth and depth of experiences that students bring to community colleges are exactly why community colleges can serve as a hub for innovation.

As outlined by the FY13 Budget Request, a Community College to Career Fund would train skilled workers for unfilled jobs; institute “pay for performance” in job training and added incentives for programs that can ensure newly-credentialed workers are quickly placed into high-quality jobs; would provide grants to states and localities to keep jobs in the United States; and would train the next generation of entrepreneurs.

A Community College to Career Fund provides for smart investments in innovation at their best—directly to our communities and local institutions with the flexibility to determine what that innovation will look like. We appreciate your consideration of this request and hope that we can work together to fund innovative partnerships between community colleges and our local businesses.

Sincerely,

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