MacArthur Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Job Training
Washington, D.C. –Congressman Tom MacArthur and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced the bipartisan TECH Careers Act, legislation to expand community college and technical programs that help Americans obtain the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future.
The TECH Careers Act provides federal support for job-training programs at technical and community colleges that provide wrap-around services and apprenticeship programs for students. By creating partnerships with industry representatives, these job-training programs help students complete their technical education with well-established relationships with employers in their industry.
“Nelson Mandela once said: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said MacArthur. “His words ring true today—education can change a person’s life and the community they call home. The program, created by this bipartisan legislation, will give low-income children and adults the opportunity to learn a new skill and put them on a path to improve their own lives, while providing trained workers for rapidly growing industries in their communities. We must equip young people with the tools they need to become productive members of the workforce and this legislation will do just that.”
“For many working Americans, a postsecondary certificate or a two-year degree is a ladder of opportunity – but for far too many, that ladder remains out of reach,” Esty said. “Our bipartisan TECH Careers Act will give Americans an opportunity to obtain job training and technical education, which in turn will help small businesses in Connecticut find the talented, capable workers they need to grow and thrive.”
“I’m thankful Congressman MacArthur is advocating for the creation of this grant program that will help low-income youth and adults enter into a career path that will ultimately improve their lives,” said Dr. Christopher Nagy, Superintendent of Burlington County Institute of Technology and Burlington County Special Services School District. “Burlington County Institute of Technology and the Burlington County Special Services School District have been committed to providing our students from any and all walks of life with the skills and training they need to be successful after graduation and to be positioned to earn stackable industry credentials. This program would help us to continue that mission.”
“The TECH Careers Act would provide community colleges with vital support to develop and expand career pathway programs, especially for economically disadvantaged students,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. “This legislation would build upon previous federal programs to directly support the community college workforce development mission.”
“The TECH Careers Act will strengthen our economy by helping more Americans find meaningful employment and creating a larger, more diverse skilled workforce for businesses in Connecticut and throughout the country,” said Matt McCooe, the Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Innovations. “CI is working with the state of Connecticut to expand our world-class education system by building partnerships between the education and technology sectors, and the TECH Careers Act will meaningfully help us in these efforts.”
“Naugatuck Valley Community College is grateful that Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty continues to be a champion for STEM and Manufacturing educational opportunities that support pathways for low-income and working-class students to pursue higher education and employment in this critical field,” said Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D., President of Naugatuck Valley Community College.