Sending Office: Honorable Anthony G. Brown
Current Co-Sponsors: Hastings, Clarke, Wild, and Wilson
I am writing to request you co-sponsor H.R. 653, the Expanding Access to the Workforce Through Dual Enrollment Act.
Earning a post-secondary credential, whether it is an industry certification or an associates or bachelor’s degree, is an increasingly critical step towards securing a family sustaining job and entering the middle class. Yet less than 10 percent of children
born in the bottom quartile of household incomes attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25. Many high school students—especially those from low-income backgrounds—lack access to the rigorous coursework and support services that help prepare them for success in
college or the workforce.
The Teachers’ College at Columbia University maintains that participation in dual enrollment (DE) programs is especially beneficial for students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. This legislation would encourage traditionally underrepresented
students to get industry certifications or an associate’s degree while in High School or with minimal post-secondary education. Specifically, it would:
Create a grant program to form or expand CTE-focused dual enrollment programs in high schools and public institutions of higher education.
Require the local education agency to enter into an agreement with the state education agency, public institution of higher education and private sector organizations in order to be eligible for grant money (up to $1 million per application).
The state education agency entered into the agreement would ensure that all college credits earned are transferable to all in-state institutions, while the public institutions of higher education in that state would assist with creating the curriculum and
providing access to their facilities and faculties for these dual enrollment students. In addition, private sector organizations would align their own workforce development with regional demands, while providing students with additional internship opportunities.
Students and their families will not be required to pay and costs or fees associated with enrollment of any programs authorized under this grant. Further, the grant funding may be used by the local education agency to train or hire teachers to instruct courses,
purchase equipment or materials required for the program, and to provide transportation services for program-related functions. Further, this program does not affect the financial aid eligibility enrolled students once they are admitted and enrolled in a post-secondary
According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, by 2022, the number of middle-skill jobs – which are defined as jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four year degree – is projected to exceed the number
of middle-skill workers by 3.4 million. For the United States to remain competitive on the world stage, it needs not only a sufficient number of workers, but also a workforce with the right mix of skills to meet the diverse needs of the economy and to
fully engage in civic life.
To cosponsor the legislation, please contact Michael Matthews in my office at 5-8699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony G. Brown
Member of Congress
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