From: The Honorable Rick Larsen
Sent By:

Bill: H.R. 2224
Date: 9/30/2016

Support a clear path to STEM jobs: Cosponsor H.R. 2224, the Youth Access to American Jobs Act

Current Cosponsors: McDermott, Tonko, Hastings, Norton, Castor, Swalwell, Nolan, Slaughter, Honda, Higgins, Thompson (CA), Smith (WA), Ryan (OH), Brown, Garamendi, Kaptur, Rangel, Keating, Kuster, Brown, Eshoo, Titus, Welch,
Pocan, Lee, Vargas, Grijalva, and McNerney.

Endorsed by The Washington State Association of Career and Technical Education and Jobs for the Future

Dear Colleague:

In order for America to remain a global innovation leader, we need to expand opportunities for our students. The Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2015 does just that by connecting students to training in STEM skills that prepare them for good-paying
jobs. This bill creates a pathway that engages students in STEM-related fields from their junior year in high school through community college and into an apprenticeship.

Jonathan Rothwell of Brookings says in “The Hidden STEM Economy” that “the excessively professional definition of STEM jobs has led to missed opportunities to identify and support valuable training and career development at the federal level.” By pairing
education with apprenticeships we can take advantage of those opportunities by building a clear and affordable bridge between students and good-paying jobs.

The Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2015:

  • Directs the Secretary of Education to award grants to ten partnerships among local educational agencies, community colleges, and state apprenticeship or labor-management training programs.
  • Creates a pilot program with a 2-2-2 pathway for students starting their junior year of high school, taking them through community college and into an apprenticeship.
  • Emphasizes STEM and STEM-focused Career and Technical Education, programs that keep students engaged throughout their learning process, as well as giving them the scientific and practical skills they need.
  • Enables local education and apprenticeship systems to work together to prepare graduates for success in manufacturing careers with STEM skills.

If you have questions or would like to become a cosponsor, please contact Katy Nazaretova of my staff at or 202-225-2605.



Rick Larsen

Member of Congress