Sending Office: Honorable Duncan Hunter
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague:

We ask that you join us in cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to expand educational opportunity for those seeking to gain the skills necessary for today’s job market. Fortunately, there are many well-paying careers that can be attained through attendance
in short-term and apprenticeship programs. Unfortunately, the Higher Education Act does not currently provide the specific assistance necessary for many to attend these programs. H.R. 4078, the Expanding America’s Workforce Act seeks to modernize the Higher
Education Act by specifically:

  • Creating Short-Term Workforce Pell Grants
    • A key element of the legislation is to provide a pathway for students to engage in short-term programs of 8 to 12 weeks by creating a new “Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant”.  Many adults who obtained undergraduate degrees over 10 years ago may need new training
      to re-enter the workforce in today’s technology-based workplace, where there are many jobs to be attained.  Under the proposal, if students are financially eligible for such awards, a previous degree would not prevent eligibility.  In addition, individuals
      who have not completed high school can receive a Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant to attend an eligible program to prepare them to enter the workforce.
  • Connecting Apprenticeships to Academic Degrees
    • The act calls upon the Secretaries of Education and Labor to develop comprehensive articulation agreements that enable students to achieve academic credit for apprenticeship programs as the first step in their career ladder.
  • Enhancing Transfer of Credit
    • Recognizing the continuing problems of student credit transfer, this proposal makes an important first step by mandating that identical academic programs of the same level, if approved by the same accreditor shall be automatically transferable between institutions
      unless schools request an additional assessment to prove competency.  The Secretary is required to monitor such implementation and provide a report on the acceptance/rejection of credit transfers and the specific reasons stated by the school rejecting such
  • Competency-Based Education
    • Students, like veterans returning to school, may be eligible to enroll in Competency-Based Education programs approved by an institution’s accreditor, with now-enshrined eligibility for Title IV assistance.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor H.R. 4078, please contact Kyle Egan in Rep. Hunter’s office ( or Charity Hartley in Rep. Hastings’ office (



Duncan Hunter                                               Alcee L. Hastings

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Economy, Education, Labor
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4078
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